The Open University
Geography (W81) DipHE
The Open University

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

In this diploma you’ll be engaging with geographical topics from a range of different perspectives and investigating the key issues such as poverty, climate change, migration and urbanisation that are affecting our world today. In doing so, you’ll develop your understanding of the ways in which the natural and human environments are related and interact.

Key features of the course

  • Develops your understanding of interrelationships between human activity and environmental change.

  • Explore how environmental and societal issues are entangled in cultural, economic, social, and political terms.

  • Become more effective in gathering and communicating geographical information to different audiences.

  • Learn how social science perspectives change the way we understand and respond to the major environmental challenges of our time.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 7 graduates of Geography (W81) DipHE at The Open University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Geography.

Overall student satisfaction
100 /100
7 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of all UK Graduates of Geography

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £24000 £24991 £30459
25-75 percentile range £20000 - £27000 £19978 - £30513 £24338 - £39944

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

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

Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Geography (W81), DipHE.


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 university rankings of The Open University

What students say about studying Geography in the UK?

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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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