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Environmental Science (Environmental Management) (Q52-EM) BSc (Hons)
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Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

This interdisciplinary course combines aspects of biology, ecology, geography, chemistry, technology, management and social science to help you understand environmental situations from all perspectives. This course will develop the scientific and technical knowledge and skills required to investigate ecosystems; to understand fundamental environmental patterns and processes; and to address local and global environmental issues. You’ll study the problems we face in understanding our natural environment and living sustainably.

Key features of the course

  • Investigates the complexities of the natural environment and our different relationships with it

  • Explores the problems we face in living sustainably

  • Develops your scientific, interpretive and creative thinking skills

  • Includes practical fieldwork, which you’ll undertake during two residential schools

  • Accredited by The Institution of Environmental Sciences and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) for the purpose of eligibility to apply for Associate level membership.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 360 graduates of Environmental Science (Environmental Management) (Q52-EM) BSc (Hons) and other courses in at The Open University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in .

Overall student satisfaction
88 /100
360 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates in Environmental Sciences

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £25000 £26000 £29000
25-75 percentile range £19500 - £33000 £17500 - £38500 £20000 - £41000

Salary of all UK Graduates of Environmental Sciences

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £22551 £22414 £26298
25-75 percentile range £19019 - £26287 £16897 - £27576 £20317 - £33339

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Environmental Science (Environmental Management) (Q52-EM) BSc (Hons) at The Open University

15% Conservation and environment professionals
15% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
10% Managers, directors and senior officials
10% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
10% Protective service occupations
10% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Administrative occupations
5% Skilled trades occupations
5% Media Professionals

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution

Grading Distribution

Students of the course received the following grades

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

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Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

University Rankings

Positions of The Open University in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of The Open University in related subject specific rankings.

Social Studies & Humanities

    • #25 
    • #101 
    ARWU by subject - Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 26 May, 2021]
    • #38 
    • #251 
    Social Sciences
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]

See all 15 university rankings of The Open University

About The Open University

The Open University was established in 1969 in Milton Keynes, and is the largest university in the UK for undergraduate education. The OU is among the most prestigious distance-learning institutions in the United Kingdom, enjoying numerous awards and accreditations, including Triple Crown status for their Business School.

Student composition of The Open University

Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
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