The Open University
Environmental Studies (Q99) BA (Hons)
The Open University

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Key Course Facts


Salary of Graduates in physical geographical sciences

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of physical geographical sciences 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 £23000 £26500 £29500
25-75 percentile range £22000 - £26500 £19000 - £38500 £21500 - £42500

Salary of all UK Graduates of physical geographical sciences

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £23606 £23299 £28360
25-75 percentile range £19740 - £26830 £18473 - £28955 £21873 - £35518

Course Description

Environmental issues are posing multiple challenges to people and ecosystems across the planet. These challenges can only be addressed effectively if the complex connections between the societal (social, political, economic, cultural, and ethical) and the biophysical (geological, physical, ecological) dimensions of environmental issues are taken seriously. This innovative, interdisciplinary degree combines the social and natural sciences to help you understand these different dimensions and why their interrelationships matter as we respond to intensifying environmental change.

Key features of the course

  • Combines a thorough and interdisciplinary grounding in environmental change with a distinctive social sciences approach to environmental issues

  • Teaches how the key environmental issues are understood, can make a difference in real world situations

  • Enhances your employability with a valued combination of social and natural science knowledge and skills

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

Required skill level of job after 15 months

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

Example below based on all graduates of Environmental Studies (Q99) BA (Hons) at The Open University

10% Teaching Professionals
10% Elementary occupations
10% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Administrative occupations
5% Managers, directors and senior officials
5% Conservation and environment professionals
5% Finance Professionals
5% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
5% Quality and Regulatory Professionals
5% Protective service occupations

Grading & Study Time

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

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

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Environmental Studies (Q99), BA (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


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

    • #29 
    • #151 
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #38 
    • #251 
    Social Sciences
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]

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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.

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Where is this programme taught

Distance Learning
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