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YOUR 2020/2021

ENVIRONMENT
AND DEVELOPMENT
PROSPECTUS
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AMBITION
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EXPLORE THE OU
Achieve your goals with The Open University       3

Five reasons why you should choose us             4

What you need to get started                      5

What you can study                                6

Learn in a way that suits you                     7

Welcome to environment and development            8

Boost your confidence with an Access module      10

How you build your qualification                 12

How long your qualification will take            14

Fees and funding                                 16

FIND AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
Undergraduate courses                            19

FIND A POSTGRADUATE COURSE
Postgraduate courses                             37

BEFORE YOU GO
Other useful information                        44

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Whatever your ambition –
whether you want to become

                                                                                                 EXPLORE THE OU
an expert on global climate change
or have a greater understanding
of the developments that are
shaping our world – we’re
here to help make it happen.

ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS
WITH THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
We’re pioneers in distance learning. Since we
were founded, we’ve helped more than two                               78%
                                                                       of FTSE 100
million people realise their potential. Our unique                     companies have
approach to learning means you don’t have to put                       sponsored employees
your life on hold to get the qualification you want.                   on OU courses

We will:                         You can expect:
‒ help you get a qualification   ‒ materials that are designed
  to suit you and your goals       with you in mind
‒ provide you with the           ‒ continuous innovation –
  teaching and learning            we’ve been leading the way
  resources you’ll need            in distance learning for over
                                   50 years, ensuring education
‒ offer a flexible learning
                                   is accessible, whatever
  experience based around
                                   your circumstances
  you and your life
                                 ‒ access to world-class resources,
‒ use technology and teaching
                                   whenever you need them
  methods that enhance your
  study experience               ‒ qualifications that are respected
                                   by employers the world over.
‒ be there to support you
  every step of the way.

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FIVE REASONS
         WHY YOU
          SHOULD
                                 1.
                                 We’re open to you.
       CHOOSE US                 We make learning
                                 available to all, regardless
                                 of background, age or
                                 additional learning needs.

      2.
      You can study
                                 3.
                                 We guarantee
      around your existing       outstanding value
      commitments. We’re         and a high-quality
      experts in helping         education at a
      people fit their studies   competitive price.
      around their busy lives.

      4.
      Our qualifications
                                 5.
                                 You get more than
      enable you to put          a highly respected
      what you learn into        qualification. You’ll be
      practice immediately.      able to show you’re
                                 dedicated and committed
                                 – personal qualities that are
                                 valued in the workplace.

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WHAT YOU NEED
TO GET STARTED
Where you start in life              You can do it                             What you need
shouldn’t limit where you            The main reason we’re called              There are just a couple of
                                     The Open University is that we’re         things that you’ll need to
go. If you’re determined             open to everyone. Every year,             be able to study with us.
to succeed and prepared              we help thousands of people
                                                                               ‒ A computer with internet
to work hard, we can                 achieve extraordinary things.
                                                                                 access. But don’t worry if you
help you get started.                ‒ There are no formal academic              haven’t got access to one right
                                       entry requirements for studying           now – you could receive financial
The next few pages will tell you       environment and/or development            support to help you buy one.
more about how studying with           at undergraduate level.
                                                                               ‒ A good grasp of the English
The Open University works, the
                                     ‒ We helped over 24,000 students            language. We teach all our
courses you can study, the funding
                                       with disabilities and additional          courses in English. If you’re not
available to you, and how long
                                       needs last year alone.                    sure your English is at the right
your qualification will take.
                                                                                 level, go to openuniversity.
                                     ‒ Our students are diverse. Of our
                                                                                 co.uk/englishlanguage for
                                       new undergraduate students,
                                                                                 help and guidance.
                                       34% are under 25. Our oldest
                                       students are in their nineties.

                                        Have you studied before?
                                        If you’ve studied at higher education level before, you might be
                                        able to count it towards your OU qualification. This can cut down
                                        the modules you’ll need to study, saving you time and money.
                                        If you tell us what you’ve done, we’ll do the rest.
                                        Go to openuniversity.co.uk/credit-transfer.

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WHAT YOU CAN STUDY
    We offer over 200 highly respected qualifications to help you reach
    your goals. You can study towards a degree or start with a certificate
    or diploma of higher education and build on your studies as you go.

    Undergraduate                       Postgraduate                        We’ll give you:
    Integrated masters degree           Masters degree                      ‒ the flexibility to fit study
    Add value to undergraduate          Study modules towards an              around your other
    study by combining it with          internationally respected             commitments
    work at postgraduate level.         qualification while gaining
                                                                            ‒ the opportunity to
                                        specialist academic,
    Named degree                                                              improve your career
                                        professional or technical skills.
    Complete modules in a specific
                                                                            ‒ freedom to follow your
    subject to earn an honours          Postgraduate diploma
                                                                              passions in depth.
    degree and open doors to a          Work towards a widely recognised
    new interest or career.             qualification. A postgraduate       To find out more about how you
                                        diploma is equivalent to            build your qualification and how
    Open degree
                                        two-thirds of a masters degree.     long it takes, see pages 12–15.
    Design an honours degree
    from across a mix of subjects       Postgraduate certificate
    to suit your needs and interests.   Ideal for professional and career
                                        development, this is the first
    Diploma of higher education
                                        step towards a masters degree
    Expand your knowledge
                                        as well as being a valuable
    and improve your skillset
                                        qualification in its own right.
    in a specialised area.
    Certificate of higher education
    Get a general grounding or
    improve your understanding
    of a subject area.

       Find the course to
       match your ambition
       If you don’t know which
       type of course is right for
       you, discover more about
       the qualifications we offer
       on our website. Go to
       openuniversity.co.uk/
       course-types.

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LEARN IN A WAY
THAT SUITS YOU
You’ll have the flexibility             Pioneering technology                  Do you have additional
                                                                               study needs?
to fit study around the                 We’ve been using innovative
                                        technology to connect with             We’re committed to helping
other things going on                   our students since we first            students with disabilities and
in your life, whatever                  started. Examples include our          additional needs. We’ll give
they may be.                            online tutorials and module            you the tools to help overcome
                                        forums. We’ll make sure that           obstacles that could stand in
                                        you always have what you               the way of your learning –
Distance learning                       need, and feel connected.              whatever your needs may be.
with the OU
We’ve designed our learning             Connect with other students            Disabled Students’ Allowance
experience to combine flexibility       You can use our module discussion      (DSA) – UK residents only
and regular contact. We’ll give you     groups to talk about subjects,         A DSA can help you with study
the help you need to learn in the       course work or study methods.          costs that result directly from your
best possible way. You’ll get regular
                                        You can also connect with us           disability or specific learning difficulty.
support from tutors and access to
                                        on social media or join one of         They’re not means-tested and can
all the materials and resources
                                        the many informal Facebook             go towards specialist equipment
essential to your course.
                                        groups set up by students.             (such as an adapted computer),
You’ll also have access to student                                             non-medical study support (e.g.
support teams, who’ll be there to                                              a dyslexia support worker) or other
                                        Students association
help you on your learning journey.                                             related expenses. You can also
                                        You’ll become a member of our          apply for help with study-related
                                        active students association when       travel costs that result directly
How you’ll be assessed
                                        you register. You can help influence   from your disability.
You could be assessed in                University decisions, meet fellow
a variety of different ways             students and develop new skills.       For more information, go to
depending on your choice of                                                    openuniversity.co.uk/disability
course. We use a combination            Find out more at                       or call us on 0300 303 5303.
of written assignments, oral            openuniversity.co.uk/ousa.
or practical assessments,               Or join the conversation on
projects, examinations,                 Facebook.com/OUstudents
dissertations and portfolios.           Twitter.com/OUstudents
Your assessments will occur at          Instagram.com/OUstudentslive.
set points during your course.
For more information on how
you’ll be assessed, go to
openuniversity.co.uk/assessment.

                                           What’s it like to study with The Open University?
                                           To find out more about distance learning, the OU study
                                           experience and how we’ll support you throughout your
                                           studies, go to openuniversity.co.uk/learning.

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WELCOME TO
    ENVIRONMENT
    AND DEVELOPMENT
    Study environment and/or          Why study with us?                       Undergraduate
    development with us and           The Open University is home to a         At undergraduate level, our certificate
                                      broad set of academics from different    and diploma qualifications include
    you’ll better understand          disciplines involved in teaching         the Certificate of Higher Education
    the problems of humanity’s        about and researching environmental      in Environment and the Diplomas of
    relationship with the natural     and developmental issues.                Higher Education in Environmental
                                                                               Studies, and Environmental Science.
    environment and of human          We have a distinguished record of
                                      producing innovative, high-quality       Our degrees include our Master
    beings’ relationships with        and engaging interdisciplinary           of Environmental Science and BSc
    each other, within and across     and multidisciplinary courses.           (Hons) Environmental Science; our
    nations. You’ll also build your                                            BA (Hons) Environmental Studies
                                      We pride ourselves on producing
                                                                               and BA (Hons) International Studies;
    capacity to work with others      courses that are cutting edge and
                                                                               and our BSc (Hons) Geography
                                      accessible to all, and recognised as
    to address urgent challenges      such by employers and professional
                                                                               and BSc (Hons) Geography
                                                                               and Environmental Science.
    such as climate change,           bodies. Our students also consistently
    environmental pollution           report high levels of satisfaction.
                                                                               Postgraduate
    and degradation, poverty          In the most recent Research
                                                                               At postgraduate level, our
                                      Excellence Framework results,
    and inequality, and               69% of our development studies
                                                                               qualifications include Postgraduate
                                                                               Certificates, Diplomas and MScs
    conflicts that arise from         research and 76% of our geography
                                                                               in Global Development and in
                                      and environmental studies research
    these problems.                                                            Environmental Management.
                                      was assessed as being world-leading
                                      or internationally excellent, with
                                      100% of the research achieving
                                      this in terms of impact.

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I felt well supported throughout the course and
without doubt, my understanding of development
and its management has deepened. In my work I feel
I am right in the thick of development management
every day. Values, meanings and agendas converge
and conflict, creating new tensions and requiring new
collaborations where I can use my new knowledge.
Benjamin Knox,
MSc in Development Management

Professional accreditation               Beyond graduation
Our BSc (Hons) Environmental             Careers related to environment
Science is accredited by The             include nature conservation,
Institution of Environmental             environmental education,             MORE ONLINE
Sciences, which means students           consultation, waste management,      Learn more about
can gain free student membership         water quality and flood risk         our environment and
of the institution.                      management to name a few.            development qualifications,
Our MSc and Postgraduate Diploma         Emerging careers include             and register for your
in Environmental Management,             environmental auditing and           chosen course
plus our BSc (Hons) in Environmental     assessment, environmental            Visit openuniversity.
Science are accredited by the            management and                             co.uk/courses
Chartered Institution of Water           environmental engineering.
and Environmental Management,
                                         Careers which are related
the largest professional body for
                                         to development include
chartered environmental scientists.
                                         international aid and development
Students on these courses are eligible
                                         in non-governmental organisations,
to become student members of this
                                         governmental and intergovernmental
professional body, giving direct links
                                         agencies, and private companies;
to the working industry.
                                         health, education, housing,
Our postgraduate environmental           scientific, and cultural work with
management programme                     a development focus; policy work
is accredited by the Institute           related to social change; and work
of Environmental Management              related to the implementation of
and Assessment.                          the United Nations Sustainable
                                         Development Goals.

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BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE
     WITH AN ACCESS MODULE
     An Access module is a                   An Access module builds                 materials to complete tasks such
                                             your confidence by                      as online quizzes and tutor-marked
     great place to start if you             helping with things like:               assignments. At the end, you’ll
     want a gentle introduction              ‒ refreshing your study skills
                                                                                     demonstrate your learning by
     to Open University study.                                                       completing a final written
                                             ‒ using computers                       assignment. There’s no exam.
     It can also help you find out
                                             ‒ introducing you to a range            Access modules start every
     more about your interests                 of subjects related to your           February and October and last
     and where you want your                   area of interest                      for 30 weeks. Each week requires
     learning to take you.                   ‒ finding out if OU study               around nine or ten hours of study
                                               suits you and your life.              and it’s up to you how you organise
     We’re different to other universities                                           that time, giving you the flexibility
     because we’re open to people                                                    to fit study around your life.
                                             How it works
     based on their potential rather
     than their prior qualifications. Our    You’ll have a dedicated tutor,          What you need
     students come from a diverse range      who’ll provide academic support
                                             via email and regular one-to-one        We’ll set you up with access
     of academic backgrounds, so we                                                  to your module website and
     offer a choice of starting points       telephone tutorials. Your Student
                                             Support Team will be on hand to         make sure your books and other
     depending on how confident you                                                  printed materials are posted
     are in your study skills. You can       help with everything else, including
                                             careers advice, fees and funding,       out to you. All you need is:
     either dive straight in with an OU
     level 1 module, or you might prefer     administrative support, and             ‒ a phone
     a gentler start with some extra         study-related guidance.
                                                                                     ‒ a computer with
     preparation, in which case, an          Your Access module materials              internet access.
     Access module is ideal.                 are a blend of printed and online
                                             resources. You’ll engage with the

        What you can study                    environment; mathematics;             business; and law. This module
                                              and computing and IT. As the          will help you to improve your
        The following Access                  foundation for further studies        subject knowledge in those areas
        modules will prepare you for          in these fields, this module will     particularly, but also prepare
        the qualifications we offer in        help build your confidence and        you for further study on a wide
        environment and development.          prepare you for more OU study.        variety of OU qualifications.
        Science, technology and maths         People, work and society              We offer one other Access
        Access module (Y033)                  Access module (Y032)                  module, which is more relevant
                                                                                    to other subject areas:
        Grow your knowledge in a range        Get compelling insights into a
        of technical subjects, including      wide range of areas, including        Arts and languages
        science; engineering and design;      childhood and youth studies;          Access module (Y031)
                                              social science; psychology; health;

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Do you qualify for a free Access module?
You can study an Access             How much does an                          Students who start
module for free if you:             Access module cost?                       with an Access module
‒ live in the UK (excludes          If you don’t qualify to study             are more likely to be
  Channel Islands and Isle          for free, the cost depends
  of Man) or have a British         on where you live.                        SUCCESSFUL
  Forces Post Office address                                                  when they advance to
                                    ‒ In England, the Channel Islands
‒ are studying the module             and the Isle of Man it’s £774.          OU level 1 study
  as part of an OU qualification
                                    ‒ In Northern Ireland, Scotland
  (this doesn’t apply if you
                                      and Wales it’s £258.
  live in Scotland)
‒ have a household income           You can pay up front by debit or
  (or, in Scotland, a personal      credit card, or by bank transfer.
  income) of £25,000 or less, or    Or spread the cost with an Open
  you receive qualifying benefits   University Student Budget Account
                                    – see page 17 for more information.
‒ have completed less
  than one year of a full-time      If you’re studying an Access module
  undergraduate programme           as part of an OU qualification and
  at FHEQ or CQFW level 4/          you live in England, Wales or
  SCQF level 7 or above, and        Northern Ireland, you could cover
  not completed 30 credits          the cost with a student loan – see
  or more of OU study.              page 16 for more information.

The Access module really helped equip
me with the skills and confidence I needed
to go on and study at degree level.                                       NEXT STEPS
Tim Walker,                                                               Order an Access
Bachelor of Laws (Hons) LLB                                               Modules Prospectus or
                                                                          speak to our Student
                                                                          Recruitment team
                                                                          Visit openuniversity.
                                                                                co.uk/ug-access
                                                                          Call 0300 303 0069
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HOW YOU BUILD
     YOUR QUALIFICATION
     Undergraduate students
                                                                 Access module
     You’ll need to build up a set                         An optional module to build
     number of credits to gain your                        your confidence and prepare
                                                               you for further study.
     qualification. Here’s how it works.
     Stages
                                                            To complete Stage 1, you’ll
     ‒ Complete one stage for a certificate
                                                         need 120 credits, studying modules
       of higher education, two stages for a
                                                               worth 30 or 60 credits.
       diploma of higher education and three   Stage 1
       stages to gain an honours degree.
     ‒ To complete each stage, you must                             120 credits
       build up a set number of credits.

     Credits                                             Certificate of higher education
     ‒ You need 120 credits to complete
       each stage.
     ‒ You need a set number of
       credits to gain your chosen                          To complete Stage 2, you’ll
       qualification e.g. you need 360                   need a further 120 credits, studying
       credits to gain an honours degree.                 modules worth 30 or 60 credits.
                                               Stage 2

     ‒ You gain credits by successfully
       completing modules.
                                                                    240 credits
     Modules
     ‒ With each module you successfully                  Diploma of higher education
       complete, you’ll earn a set number
       of credits, either 30 or 60.
     ‒ Modules are either compulsory or
       selected from a choice of options.                   To complete Stage 3, you’ll
     ‒ You choose the modules you                        need a further 120 credits, studying
       want to study, year by year.                       modules worth 30 or 60 credits.
                                               Stage 3

                                                                    360 credits

                                                                 Honours degree

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Postgraduate students
You gain a postgraduate
qualification by building
up a set number of credits.
Credits
You need:
                                           60 credits at postgraduate level.
‒ 60 credits to gain a
  postgraduate certificate
‒ 120 credits to gain a
  postgraduate diploma                       Postgraduate certificate
‒ 180 credits to gain
  a masters degree.
You gain credits by successfully
completing modules.
                                          A further 60 credits at postgraduate
                                                 level – total 120 credits.
Modules
‒ With each module you successfully
  complete, you’ll earn a set number
  of credits, usually 30 or 60.                Postgraduate diploma
‒ Modules are either compulsory
  or selected from a choice of options.
‒ You choose the modules you
  want to study, year by year.            A further 60 credits at postgraduate
                                                 level – total 180 credits.
Getting started
All you need to do is choose which
qualification you want to study and
register on a module that counts                   Masters degree
towards that qualification. You can
find out more about the postgraduate
qualifications we offer in environment
and development from page 37.

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HOW LONG YOUR
     QUALIFICATION WILL TAKE
     We give you the flexibility to choose the amount you want
     to study each year. This way, you get the qualification you
     want in a timeframe that’s right for you.

     Undergraduate qualifications
     Most of our students study part time, taking 60 credits a year.
     That’s like studying at half the rate of a full-time course at a
     traditional university. If you want to complete your study at
     a full-time rate, you’ll need to study 120 credits per year.

       Part time | 60 credits a year | 16–18 study hours a week

                  Certificate of higher
                education (120 credits)

                   Diploma of higher
               education (240 credits)

                        Honours degree
                           (360 credits)

                                              0                1              2               3               4   5   6

                                                                                      Years to complete

       Full time | 120 credits a year | 32–36 study hours a week

                  Certificate of higher
                education (120 credits)

                   Diploma of higher
               education (240 credits)

                        Honours degree
                           (360 credits)

                                               0               1              2               3               4   5   6

                                                                                      Years to complete

     Some qualifications follow a different pattern of study. See individual descriptions for more information.

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Postgraduate qualifications

                                                                                                                                                EXPLORE THE OU
The time it will take to complete your qualification depends on how it’s
                                                                                                        Find out more
structured and the number of credits required. All of our postgraduate                                  For more information on
courses are offered as part-time study and the usual timescales for                                     finding time to study, and to
individual module completion are shown below.                                                           use our time planner tool, go to
‒ 30 credit module – typically five months.                                                             openuniversity.co.uk/time.

‒ 60 credit module – typically nine months.

  Part time | 60 credits a year | 16–20 study hours a week

        Postgraduate certificate
                    (60 credits)

           Postgraduate diploma
                    (120 credits)

                    Masters degree
                      (180 credits)

                                         0                                1                              2                         3

                                                                                 Years to complete

Some qualifications follow a different pattern of study. See individual descriptions for more information.

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FEES AND FUNDING
     We believe cost shouldn’t                      Funding – England                               Funding – Northern Ireland
                                                    and Wales
     be a barrier to achieving                                                                      You could be eligible for a Part-Time
                                                    The best way to fund your studies,              Fee Grant of up to £1,230 a year to
     your potential. That’s                         regardless of age or income,                    help towards your fees. The amount
     why our tuition fees                           might be with a student loan                    depends on your household income
     are among the most                             from Student Finance England                    and the rate at which you study.
                                                    or Student Finance Wales. It’s                  If you’re not eligible for the grant,
     competitive in the UK.                         the most popular way to pay.                    or if it doesn’t cover the full cost
     And we’ll always help you                                                                      of your tuition fees, you can pay in
                                                    Key facts                                       full or in part using an alternative
     find a way of paying that                      ‒ Repayments only start                         payment method, such as a
     suits your circumstances.                        when your salary exceeds                      Part-Time Tuition Fee Loan.
                                                      the income threshold
                                                      (£26,575 from April 2020).                    Funding – Scotland
     For undergraduate
                                                    ‒ Repayments are deducted                       If your personal income is £25,000
     You’ll pay on a module-by-module                 automatically from your salary.               or less, or you’re on certain benefits,
     basis, rather than for your whole              ‒ You can pay off the loan                      and you’re studying at least 30
     qualification up front. See below                early without any penalties.                  credits, you could qualify for a
     to get an idea of costs.                       ‒ Any balance outstanding after                 Part-Time Fee Grant and top-up
                                                      30 years will be written off.                 funding to cover 100% of your
         LIVING IN ENGLAND
                                                                                                    course fees. It isn’t a loan and you
         CREDITS                       COST             EXAMPLE REPAYMENT AMOUNTS                   won’t need to pay any of it back.
         EACH YEAR                     PER YEAR1
                                                        INCOME EACH                    MONTHLY
         30                            £1,548           YEAR BEFORE TAX                REPAYMENT3   Study support and
                                                        Up to £26,575                  £0
                                                                                                    discretionary funds
         60                            £3,096
                                                                                                    If your annual income is less than
         120                           £6,192           £28,000                        £10.68       £25,000, you might be eligible for
                                                        £34,000                        £55.69       additional means-tested funding for
     1
     2020/21 prices; fees normally increase                                                         study-related costs, such as travel,
     annually in line with inflation and the            £49,000                        £168.19      childcare and internet access.
     University’s strategic approach to fees.

     In England, the cost for a 360-credit          3
                                                        Repayments are based on what you            Self-funded study
     honours degree based on today’s                    earn, not what you owe. You’ll repay
     prices is £18,576.
                                                        9% of what you earn over £26,575.           You can pay using a debit or credit
                                                        For example, if you earn £28,000,
                                                                                                    card, or by bank transfer. Or spread
                                                        you’ll repay £128.25 that year (9% of
         LIVING IN NORTHERN IRELAND,                    £1,425). That’s just over £10 per month.    the cost with an Open University
         SCOTLAND OR WALES                                                                          Student Budget Account – see
                                                    Already have a degree?                          opposite for more information.
         CREDITS                       COST
         EACH YEAR                     PER YEAR2    You might still qualify for a student
                                                    loan. You need to be living in                  Get sponsored
         30                            £516         England or Wales and looking                    See whether your employer
         60                            £1,032       to study an eligible qualification.             would help you learn and
                                                                                                    develop. It’s always worth asking.
                                                    For more information, go to
         120                           £2,064
                                                    openuniversity.co.uk/quals.
     2
         2020/21 prices (exceptions apply); fees
         normally increase annually in line with    Maintenance
         inflation and the University’s strategic
         approach to fees.
                                                    support – Wales
                                                    New students in Wales studying                  MORE ONLINE
     In Northern Ireland, Scotland
     and Wales, the cost for a typical              part time towards a qualification               Find out more
     360-credit honours degree based                can also apply for maintenance                  about undergraduate
     on today’s prices is £6,192.                   grants, worth up to £4,500 a                    fees and funding
                                                    year, to help with living costs.
                                                                                                    Visit openuniversity.
                                                                                                          co.uk/ug-fees
                                                                                                    Call 0300 303 5303

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For postgraduate                           Key facts                                 Get sponsored
                                           ‒ The support is made up of               See whether your employer would
You pay for postgraduate
                                             grants and loans and is                 want to help you learn and develop.
qualifications module by module.
                                             worth up to £17,489.                    It’s always worth asking.
Please go to our website to see the
total fee listed for your qualification.   ‒ All eligible students will receive
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I AM...
     HALIMA YOUNIS
     Halima has been studying       The OU suited my lifestyle. I wanted        is great. Text books are informative
                                    to establish myself financially – and       and link well with the online material.
     towards a BA (Hons)            study. Once my friend introduced me
                                                                                You have access to a dedicated tutor.
     International Studies          to the OU, it was life changing. It felt
                                                                                It helps knowing they’re always
     with the Open University       so natural. I’m glad I didn’t follow what
                                                                                there, even when I’m travelling.
                                    others thought would be best for me,
     since she completed her        as now I’ll get a degree and no debt.
                                                                                They’re just a phone call or email
                                                                                away. Even if I don’t get a response
     A levels. At first, Halima     Running a business isn’t easy,              straight away, I’ll get a response
     didn’t consider distance       so going to a redbrick university           within two days.
     learning, but after            would have been too much. The
                                                                                You have tutorials at local centres.
                                    OU fit my lifestyle without having
     researching her options        to sacrifice anything. I’m able to
                                                                                Not only do you get to meet your
                                                                                tutors, you get to meet other
     she decided the OU suited      control the pace of my learning.
                                                                                students. At home in front of
                                    I’ve also learned a lot of life skills
     her lifestyle better than      that others my age won’t experience
                                                                                a computer screen, you might
                                                                                seem quite alone but at tutorials
     redbrick universities. She’s   until they’re in the workplace.
                                                                                you feel really welcomed.
     not looked back since.         What drove me to study was
                                                                                I’ve become a lot more confident.
                                    my passion for learning. I’ve
                                                                                I have more self-belief, motivation,
                                    always loved geography, especially
                                                                                independence and self-esteem.
                                    human geography. I love travelling,
                                                                                I’ve learnt you can do anything,
                                    exploring different cultures and
                                                                                no matter what standards society
                                    meeting people from different
                                                                                sets for you. All doors are open to
                                    backgrounds. With my degree,
                                                                                me, I just need to choose one!
                                    not only do I learn about different
                                    people, there’s history and a range         Halima Younis,
                                    of modules that I can choose from.          currently studying towards
                                    The quality of the teaching material        BA (Hons) International Studies
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UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
You can register for
                            ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT
the 2020/2021 academic
year for undergraduate      Master of Environmental Science (M05)                  20
qualifications from         BSc (Hons) Environmental Science (Q52)                 22
18 March 2020.
                            BA (Hons) Environmental Studies (Q99)                  24
We’ve based the
                            BSc (Hons) Geography and Environmental Science (R16)   26
qualification start dates
on the first module(s)      BA (Hons) Geography (R44)                              28
you can study as part
                            BA (Hons) International Studies (Q11)                  30
of your qualification.
                            COMBINED STEM
                            BSc (Hons) Combined STEM (R28)                         32

                            OPEN DEGREE
                            BA/BSc (Hons) Open (QD)                                34

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ENVIRONMENT
      AND
      DEVELOPMENT

     MASTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
     This is an integrated           Learn how to tackle and solve         Why choose this
                                     topical issues rooted in our          qualification?
     masters degree that             everyday lives at a local and
                                                                           ‒ Gain essential skills for
     combines undergraduate          global scale. An environmental
                                                                             addressing environmental
     and postgraduate study.         science degree will equip you
                                                                             management issues in your own
                                     with a range of skills that you can
     You’ll develop key research     apply to communicate effectively,
                                                                             organisation and wider contexts.

     skills and a rich, scientific   address problems in a professional    ‒ Develop your planning,
                                     manner and manage projects.             organising, data collecting,
     understanding of                                                        analysing and writing skills.
     the environment.
                                                                           ‒ Practise fieldwork at
                                                                             two residential schools.
                                                                           ‒ Extend your knowledge of recent
                                                                             research scholarship – ideal
                                                                             preparation for a research degree.
                                                                           ‒ Conclude with either a
                                                                             substantial piece of independent
                                                                             study or a more academic
                                                                             in-depth research project.

                                                                            Related qualifications
                                                                            Diploma of Higher Education
                                                                            in Environmental Science (W47)
                                                                            openuniversity.co.uk/w47
                                                                            Certificate of Higher Education
                                                                            in Environment (T16)
                                                                            openuniversity.co.uk/t16

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FIND AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
                      Qualification structure                                                                    AT A GLANCE
                                                                                                Compulsory       Course code            M05
                                                                                                modules
Stage 1 120 credits

                       Environment: journeys through a changing world                           Option           Total credits          480
                       (U116) (60 credits)                                                      modules
                                                                                                Awarded
                                                                                                                 Start dates
                                                                                                qualification
                                                                                                                 Oct 2020
                                                                                                                 Register by 10 Sep 2020
                       Science: concepts and practice
                       (S112) (60 credits)                                                                       Feb 2021
                                                                                                                 Register by 14 Jan 2021

                                                                                                                 Entry requirements
                                                                                                                 No specific requirements

                                                                                                                 Assessment
                       Environmental science                                                                     Based on a mix of:
                       (SXF206) (60 credits)
Stage 2 120 credits

                                                                                                                 ‒ Tutor-marked
                                                                                                                   assignments
                                                                                                                 ‒ Interactive computer-
                       You’ll choose 60 credits from:                                                              marked assignments
                       Earth science (S209) (60 credits)                                                         ‒ End-of-module
                                                                                                                   assessments
                       Environment: sharing a dynamic planet (DST206) (60 credits)
                                                                                                                 ‒ Examinations
                       Energy and sustainability (T213) (30 credits)
                       Environmental management 1 (T219) (30 credits)                                            Study duration
                                                                                                                 Part time: 8 years
                       The biology of survival (S295) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                 Full time: 4 years

                                                                                                                 Mode of study
                                                                                                                 The learning materials
                       Terrestrial ecosystems                                                                    provided are mostly
                       (S397) (30 credits)                                                                       online with some print
Stage 3 120 credits

                       Evaluating contemporary science                                                           Electronic versions
                       (S350) (30 credits)                                                                       of printed materials
                                                                                                                 available (e.g. PDF)
                       You’ll choose 60 credits from:
                                                                                                                 Disc-based media
                       Environment: responding to change (SDT306) (60 credits)                                   (e.g. DVD)
                       Environmental management 2 (T319) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                 Online forum
                       Renewable energy (T313) (30 credits)                                                      Compulsory

                                                                                                                 Collaborative work
                                                                                                                 Compulsory

                       Environmental science challenges
                       (S831) (30 credits)
Stage 4 120 credits

                       Project for the master of environmental science
                       (S840) (60 credits)

                       You’ll choose one from:
                       Environmental monitoring and protection (T868) (30 credits)
                       Making environmental decisions (T891) (30 credits)                                       MORE ONLINE
                       Managing for sustainability (T867) (30 credits)                                          Find out more about this
                                                                                                                course, fees and funding,
                                                                                                                and how to register
                       MASTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
                                                                                                                Visit openuniversity.
                                                                                                                      co.uk/m05
                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure
                      are subject to change.                                                                    Call 0300 303 5303
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BSc (HONS)
     ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
     This degree combines aspects of biology, ecology,
     geography, chemistry, technology and social science.
     You’ll gain a broad understanding of the natural
     environment and learn to evaluate environmental
     challenges and propose solutions.
     Develop the scientific and            Why choose this                   Accreditation
     technical knowledge and skills        qualification?                    ‒ Chartered Institution of
     needed to investigate ecosystems                                          Water and Environmental
                                           ‒ Develop your scientific,
     and to understand fundamental                                             Management (CIWEM).
                                             interpretive and creative
     environmental patterns and
                                             thinking skills.                ‒ Institution of Environmental
     processes. You’ll address local
     and global environmental issues       ‒ Investigate the complexities      Sciences (IES).
     and examine the problems we             of the natural environment
     face in understanding our natural       and our relationship with it.
     environment and living sustainably.   ‒ Explore the problems we
                                             face with sustainable living.
                                           ‒ Practise fieldwork at
                                             two residential schools.
                                           ‒ Option to follow a
                                             specialist environmental         Related qualifications
                                             management route.
                                                                              Diploma of Higher Education
                                                                              in Environmental Science (W47)
                                                                              openuniversity.co.uk/w47
                                                                              Certificate of Higher Education
                                                                              in Environment (T16)
                                                                              openuniversity.co.uk/t16

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                      Qualification structure                                                                    AT A GLANCE
                      You’ll choose either:                                                                      Course code              Q52

                      1. A broad-based route                                                                     Total credits             360
                      2. A specialist environmental management route.
                                                                                                                 Start dates
                      The example route shown below is the broad-based                                           Oct 2020
                      route. The environmental management route will                                             Register by 10 Sep 2020
                      vary, go to openuniversity.co.uk/q52-em for details.
                                                                                                                 Feb 2021
                                                                                                                 Register by 14 Jan 2021
                        EXAMPLE ROUTE
                                                                                                Compulsory       Entry requirements
                                                                                                modules          No specific requirements
Stage 1 120 credits

                       Environment: journeys through a changing world                           Option
                       (U116) (60 credits)                                                      modules          Assessment
                                                                                                Intermediate     Based on a mix of:
                                                                                                qualification
                                                                                                                 ‒ Tutor-marked
                                                                                                Awarded            assignments
                       Science: concepts and practice                                           qualification
                                                                                                                 ‒ End-of-module
                       (S112) (60 credits)                                                                         assessments
                                                                                                                 ‒ Examinations

                                                                                                                 Study duration
                                                                                                                 Part time: 6 years
                                                                                                                 Full time: 3 years
                       Environmental science
                       (SXF206) (60 credits)                                                                     Mode of study
Stage 2 120 credits

                                                                                                                 The learning materials
                                                                                                                 provided are
                                                                                                                 completely online
                       You’ll choose 60 credits from:
                       Earth science (S209) (60 credits)                                                         Disc-based media
                       Environment: sharing a dynamic planet (DST206) (60 credits)                               (e.g. DVD)

                       Energy and sustainability (T213) (30 credits)                                             Online forum
                       Environmental management 1 (T219) (30 credits)                                            Compulsory

                       The biology of survival (S295) (30 credits)                                               Collaborative work
                                                                                                                 Compulsory

                       Diploma of Higher Education in
                       Environmental Science (W47)

                       Terrestrial ecosystems
                       (S397) (30 credits)
Stage 3 120 credits

                       Science project course: environmental
                       science practical project
                       (SXE390) (30 credits)

                       You’ll choose 60 credits from:
                       Environment: responding to change (SDT306) (60 credits)
                       Evaluating contemporary science (S350) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                MORE ONLINE
                       Renewable energy (T313) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                Find out more about this
                                                                                                                course, fees and funding,
                                                                                                                and how to register
                       BSc (HONS) ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
                                                                                                                Visit openuniversity.
                                                                                                                      co.uk/q52
                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure
                      are subject to change.                                                                    Call 0300 303 5303
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BA (HONS)
     ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
     This innovative degree combines the social and natural
     sciences to offer a truly interdisciplinary understanding
     of contemporary environmental issues.
     The necessity of taking seriously the      Why choose this                      LEARN MORE
     complex connections between the            qualification?                       We’ve produced a series
     human and biophysical dimensions
                                                ‒ Equips you to actively engage      of resources for anyone with
     of environments are becoming
                                                  with some of most significant      an interest in geography
     very apparent. Whether it’s the
                                                  issues in the world today.         or the environment.
     socially uneven ways in which the
     consequences of environmental              ‒ Combines a thorough                Go to openuniversity.co.uk/
     change are felt, the political factors       interdisciplinary grounding        geography
     that influence whose environmental           in environmental change
     concerns get addressed, or the               with a distinctive social
     cultural shifts required for sustainable     science approach to
     solutions to environmental problems          environmental issues.
     to take root. Environmental studies        ‒ Enhances your employability
     offers a way of understanding why            through a highly valued
     environmental issues are always              combination of social
     also societal issues, and how that           science and natural science
     matters in responding to them.               knowledge and skills.

                                                                                  Related qualifications
                                                                                  Diploma of Higher Education
                                                                                  in Environmental Studies (W58)
                                                                                  openuniversity.co.uk/w58
                                                                                  Certificate of Higher Education
                                                                                  in Environment (T16)
                                                                                  openuniversity.co.uk/t16

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                      Qualification structure                                                                    AT A GLANCE
                                                                                                Compulsory       Course code            Q99
                                                                                                modules
                                                                                                Intermediate     Total credits             360
                                                                                                qualification
                       Environment: journeys through a changing world
                                                                                                Awarded
Stage 1 120 credits

                       (U116) (60 credits)                                                                       Start dates
                                                                                                qualification
                                                                                                                 Oct 2020
                                                                                                                 Register by 10 Sep 2020

                                                                                                                 Feb 2021
                                                                                                                 Register by 14 Jan 2021

                                                                                                                 Entry requirements
                       Investigating the social world
                                                                                                                 No specific requirements
                       (DD103) (60 credits)
                                                                                                                 Assessment
                                                                                                                 Based on a mix of:
                                                                                                                 ‒ Tutor-marked
                                                                                                                   assignments
                                                                                                                 ‒ Interactive computer-
                                                                                                                   marked assignments
                                                                                                                 ‒ End-of-module
                                                                                                                   assessments
                       Environment: sharing a dynamic planet                                                     ‒ Examinations
                       (DST206) (60 credits)
Stage 2 120 credits

                                                                                                                 Study duration
                                                                                                                 Part time: 6 years
                                                                                                                 Full time: 3 years

                                                                                                                 Mode of study
                                                                                                                 The learning materials
                       Environment and society                                                                   provided are a balance of
                                                                                                                 print and online
                       (DD213) (60 credits)
                                                                                                                 Electronic versions
                                                                                                                 of printed materials
                                                                                                                 available (e.g. PDF)

                       Diploma of Higher Education in                                                            Disc-based media
                       Environmental Studies (W58)                                                               (e.g. DVD)

                                                                                                                 Online forum
                                                                                                                 Compulsory

                                                                                                                 Collaborative work
                                                                                                                 Compulsory

                       Environment: responding to change
Stage 3 120 credits

                       (SDT306) (60 credits)

                       Environmental policy in an international context
                       (DD319) (60 credits)

                                                                                                                MORE ONLINE
                                                                                                                Find out more about this
                                                                                                                course, fees and funding,
                                                                                                                and how to register
                       BA (HONS) ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
                                                                                                                Visit openuniversity.
                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure                         co.uk/q99
                      are subject to change.                                                                    Call 0300 303 5303
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BSc (HONS) GEOGRAPHY
     AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
     This degree will help you understand and consider
     responses to urgent environmental challenges,
     including climate change, globalisation, development,
     biodiversity loss, migration and urbanisation.
     It takes a holistic approach,       Why choose this
     combining geography and             qualification?
                                                                               LEARN MORE
     environmental science. You’ll                                             We’ve produced a series
                                         ‒ Develop your understanding          of resources for anyone with
     discover the complexities of
                                           of interrelationships between       an interest in geography
     our relationship with the natural
                                           human activity and                  or the environment.
     environment. Explore topics
                                           environmental change.
     like deforestation, sustainable                                           Go to openuniversity.co.uk/
     water-resource management,          ‒ Use both geography                  geography
     pollution control, conservation       and science concepts and
     and governance. Examine the           theories to make sense of
     consequences and implications         environmental challenges.
     of environmental change for         ‒ Enhance your employability
     sustainability and learn about        by working between the
     the social and natural processes      social and natural sciences.
     and interactions operating in
     different environments.             ‒ Build analytical and reasoning
                                           skills needed for assessing
                                           environmental evidence.

                                                                            Related qualification
                                                                            Certificate of Higher Education
                                                                            in Environment (T16)
                                                                            openuniversity.co.uk/t16

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                      Qualification structure                                                                    AT A GLANCE
                                                                                                Compulsory       Course code               R16
                                                                                                modules
                                                                                                Awarded          Total credits             360
                                                                                                qualification
                       Environment: journeys through a changing world
                       (U116) (60 credits)                                                                       Start dates
Stage 1 120 credits

                                                                                                                 Oct 2020
                                                                                                                 Register by 10 Sep 2020

                                                                                                                 Feb 2021
                                                                                                                 Register by 14 Jan 2021

                                                                                                                 Entry requirements
                       Science: concepts and practice                                                            No specific requirements
                       (S112) (60 credits)
                                                                                                                 Assessment
                                                                                                                 Based on a mix of:
                                                                                                                 ‒ Tutor-marked
                                                                                                                   assignments
                                                                                                                 ‒ Interactive computer-
                                                                                                                   marked assignments
                                                                                                                 ‒ End-of-module
                                                                                                                   assessments
                                                                                                                 ‒ Examinations
                       Environmental science
                       (S206) (60 credits)
Stage 2 120 credits

                                                                                                                 Study duration
                                                                                                                 Part time: 6 years
                                                                                                                 Full time: 3 years

                                                                                                                 Mode of study
                                                                                                                 The learning materials
                                                                                                                 provided are mostly
                                                                                                                 online with some print
                       Environment and society
                       (DD213) (60 credits)
                                                                                                                 Electronic versions
                                                                                                                 of printed materials
                                                                                                                 available (e.g. PDF)

                                                                                                                 Disc-based media
                                                                                                                 (e.g. DVD)

                                                                                                                 Online forum
                                                                                                                 Compulsory

                       Environment: responding to change
                       (SDT306) (60 credits)                                                                     Collaborative work
Stage 3 120 credits

                                                                                                                 Compulsory

                       Environmental policy in an international context
                       (DD319) (60 credits)

                                                                                                                MORE ONLINE
                                                                                                                Find out more about this
                                                                                                                course, fees and funding,
                                                                                                                and how to register
                       BSc (HONS) GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
                                                                                                                Visit openuniversity.
                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure                         co.uk/r16
                      are subject to change.                                                                    Call 0300 303 5303
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BA (HONS) GEOGRAPHY
     This degree examines the distinctive
     interpretations of global challenges such
     as environmental change, urbanisation,
     migration and inequality, through geography’s
     fundamental concern with spatial variability.
     You’ll develop a deeper understanding       Why choose this
     of the relationships between human          qualification?
                                                                                           LEARN MORE
                                                                                           We’ve produced a series
     and natural environments. You’ll
                                                 ‒ Explore the interactions                of resources for anyone with
     study places and landscapes, in
                                                   between human and                       an interest in geography
     space and time, recognising the
                                                   natural environments, and               or the environment.
     distinctive patterns of social, cultural,
                                                   how these shape our world.
     economic and political dynamics                                                       Go to openuniversity.co.uk/
     that shape the world today. And             ‒ Learn to gather, interpret              geography
     you’ll critically engage with the key         and evaluate quantitative
     roles that geographical relations             and qualitative geographical
     play in these dynamics. Applying              information to examine
     the skills you have gained in                 global challenges.
     gathering and communicating                 ‒ Gain the skills to effectively
     geographical information and                  communicate geographical
     engaging in virtual fieldwork,                information and ideas in ways
     you’ll work towards a geography               suitable for a range of audiences.
     project to conclude this degree.
                                                                                        Related qualifications
                                                                                        Certificate of Higher Education
                                                                                        in Environment (T16)
                                                                                        openuniversity.co.uk/t16
                                                                                        Diploma of Higher Education
                                                                                        in Geography (W81)
                                                                                        openuniversity.co.uk/w81

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                      Qualification structure                                                                    AT A GLANCE
                                                                                                Compulsory       Course code            R44
                                                                                                modules
                                                                                                Intermediate     Total credits             360
                                                                                                qualification
                       Environment: journeys through a changing world
                                                                                                Awarded
                                                                                                                 Start dates
Stage 1 120 credits

                       (U116) (60 credits)                                                      qualification
                                                                                                                 Oct 2020
                                                                                                                 Register by 10 Sep 2020

                                                                                                                 Feb 2021
                                                                                                                 Register by 14 Jan 2021

                       Investigating the social world                                                            Entry requirements
                       (DD103) (60 credits)                                                                      No specific requirements

                                                                                                                 Assessment
                                                                                                                 Based on a mix of:
                                                                                                                 ‒ Tutor-marked
                                                                                                                   assignments
                                                                                                                 ‒ Interactive computer-
                                                                                                                   marked assignments
                                                                                                                 ‒ End-of-module
                                                                                                                   assessments
                       Environment and society
                                                                                                                 ‒ Examinations
Stage 2 120 credits

                       (DD213) (60 credits)

                                                                                                                 Study duration
                                                                                                                 Part time: 6 years
                                                                                                                 Full time: 3 years

                                                                                                                 Mode of study
                       Changing geographies, changing Britain                                                    The learning materials
                                                                                                                 provided are mostly
                       (DD225) (60 credits) – planned for October 2021
                                                                                                                 online with some print

                                                                                                                 Electronic versions
                                                                                                                 of printed materials
                                                                                                                 available (e.g. PDF)
                       Diploma of Higher Education in Geography (W81)
                                                                                                                 Disc-based media
                                                                                                                 (e.g. DVD)

                                                                                                                 Online forum
                                                                                                                 Compulsory

                       Environmental policy in an international context
                                                                                                                 Collaborative work
                       (DD319) (60 credits)
Stage 3 120 credits

                                                                                                                 Compulsory

                       Researching geographies of change:
                       Independent project in geography
                       (D325) (60 credits) – planned for October 2022
                                                                                                                MORE ONLINE
                                                                                                                Find out more about this
                                                                                                                course, fees and funding,
                                                                                                                and how to register
                       BSc (HONS) GEOGRAPHY
                                                                                                                Visit openuniversity.
                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure
                                                                                                                      co.uk/r44
                      are subject to change.                                                                    Call 0300 303 5303
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BA (HONS) INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
     Our world is divided into many different societies,
     yet it is increasingly interconnected. Relationships
     between nations, companies, cultures and
     individuals extend across regions and the globe.
     This degree explores the political,   Why choose this
     economic and cultural issues that     qualification?
     these complex interconnections
                                           ‒ Engage with the most pressing
     create – focusing on international
                                             issues in the world today
     politics, diplomacy, cooperation,
                                             and address key questions.
     war and security; international
     economics and development;            ‒ Explore the overall political
     interactions between different          make-up of the international
     societies, and global                   system and investigate sources
     environmental problems.                 of order and disorder within it.
                                           ‒ Shape your studies to one
                                             core area of concern to
                                             international studies – politics,
                                             history or environment.
                                           ‒ Gain insight into important
                                             development issues and
                                             the challenges faced by
                                             developing countries.

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                      Qualification structure                                                                    AT A GLANCE
                                                                                                Option           Course code               Q11
                                                                                                modules
                       ENVIRONMENT ROUTE
                                                                                                Compulsory       Total credits             360
                       Environment: journeys through a changing world                           modules
Stage 1 120 credits

                       (U116) (60 credits)
                                                                                                Awarded
                                                                                                                 Start dates
                       HISTORY; POLITICS ROUTE                                                  qualification
                                                                                                                 Oct 2020
                       Introducing the social sciences
                                                                                                                 Register by 10 Sep 2020
                       (DD102) (60 credits)

                                                                                                                 Feb 2021
                                                                                                                 Register by 14 Jan 2021
                       Investigating the social world
                       (DD103) (60 credits)                                                                      Entry requirements
                                                                                                                 No specific requirements

                                                                                                                 Assessment
                                                                                                                 Based on a mix of:
                                                                                                                 ‒ Tutor-marked
                       International development: making sense
                                                                                                                   assignments
                       of a changing world
                                                                                                                 ‒ Interactive computer-
                       (TD223) (60 credits)
                                                                                                                   marked assignments
                                                                                                                 ‒ End-of-module
                                                                                                                   assessments
Stage 2 120 credits

                       ENVIRONMENT ROUTE
                                                                                                                 ‒ Examinations
                       Environment: sharing a dynamic planet
                       (DST206) (60 credits) OR
                                                                                                                 Study duration
                       Environment and society                                                                   Part time: 6 years
                       (DD213) (60 credits)                                                                      Full time: 3 years
                       HISTORY ROUTE
                       The British Isles and the modern world, 1789–1914                                         Mode of study
                       (A225) (60 credits)                                                                       The learning materials
                       POLITICS ROUTE                                                                            provided are a balance
                                                                                                                 of print and online
                       Understanding politics: ideas and
                       institutions in the modern world
                       (DD211) (60 credits)                                                                      Electronic versions
                                                                                                                 of printed materials
                                                                                                                 available (e.g. PDF)

                                                                                                                 Disc-based media
                                                                                                                 (e.g. DVD)
                       International relations: continuity
                       and change in global politics
                       (DD313) (60 credits)                                                                      Online forum
                                                                                                                 Optional
Stage 3 120 credits

                       ENVIRONMENT ROUTE                                                                         Collaborative work
                                                                                                                 Compulsory
                       Environmental policy in an international context
                       (DD319) (60 credits)
                       HISTORY ROUTE
                       Empire: 1492–1975
                       (A326) (60 credits) OR
                       Europe 1914–1989: war, peace, modernity
                       (A327) (60 credits)
                       POLITICS ROUTE
                       Modern political ideas                                                                   MORE ONLINE
                       (DD316) (60 credits)
                                                                                                                Find out more about this
                                                                                                                course, fees and funding,
                                                                                                                and how to register
                       BA (HONS) INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
                                                                                                                Visit openuniversity.
                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure
                                                                                                                      co.uk/q11
                      are subject to change.                                                                    Call 0300 303 5303
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COMBINED
      STEM

     BSc (HONS) COMBINED STEM

     This flexible degree      Why choose this                    Degree holders in
                               qualification?                     England and Wales
     combines science,
                               ‒ Choose modules from              If you’re looking to re-skill or
     technology, engineering     across STEM subjects or          up-skill in STEM subjects, you
     and mathematics (STEM).     focus on one or two areas.       could still be eligible for a student
     Build your own degree     ‒ Switch direction if your
                                                                  loan to fund this degree.

     from a wide range of        needs or interests change.       For more information, go to
                                                                  openuniversity.co.uk/quals.
     STEM modules and          ‒ Count university-level credits
                                 you’ve gained from elsewhere.
     study routes, including
     psychology and sports
     science. You can build
     a qualification that’s
     unique to you.

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                      How you can focus your combined STEM                                                       AT A GLANCE
                      degree on environmental technology                                                         Course code           R28

                      This selection of modules shows how you can                                                Total credits             360
                      focus on environmental technology. Combine it
                      with other STEM subjects that you’re interested in.                                        Start dates
                                                                                                                 Oct 2020
                      This is just one example of the many combinations                                          Register by 10 Sep 2020
                      you can study, you’re not restricted to this route.
                                                                                                                 Feb 2021
                                                                                                Environmental    Register by 14 Jan 2021
                                                                                                technology
                                                                                                modules
                       Environment: journeys through a changing world                                            Entry requirements
                                                                                                Option
Stage 1 120 credits

                       (U116) (60 credits)                                                      modules          No specific requirements
                                                                                                Awarded
                                                                                                qualification    Assessment
                                                                                                                 Depending on the
                                                                                                                 modules you choose
                                                                                                                 to study, you may be
                                                                                                                 assessed in any or all
                       You’ll choose 60 credits from a wide range of
                                                                                                                 of the following ways:
                       OU level 1 modules
                                                                                                                 ‒ Tutor-marked
                                                                                                                    assignments
                                                                                                                 ‒ Interactive computer-
                                                                                                                    marked assignments
                                                                                                                 ‒ End-of-module
                                                                                                                    assessments
                       Energy and sustainability                                                                 ‒ Examinations
                       (T213) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                 Study duration
Stage 2 120 credits

                                                                                                                 Part time: 6 years
                       Environmental management 1                                                                Full time: 3 years
                       (T219) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                 Mode of study
                                                                                                                 As the BSc (Hons)
                                                                                                                 Combined STEM can
                                                                                                                 be made up of a range
                       You’ll choose 60 credits from a wide range of                                             of different modules,
                       OU level 2 modules                                                                        the learning materials
                                                                                                                 provided, use of online
                                                                                                                 forums and inclusion of
                                                                                                                 collaborative work will
                                                                                                                 depend on the modules
                                                                                                                 you choose to study

                       Renewable energy
                       (T313) (30 credits)
Stage 3 120 credits

                       Environmental management 2
                       (T319) (30 credits)

                       You’ll choose 60 credits from a wide range of
                       OU level 3 STEM modules
                                                                                                                MORE ONLINE
                                                                                                                Find out more about this
                                                                                                                course, fees and funding,
                                                                                                                and how to register
                       BSc (HONS) COMBINED STEM
                                                                                                                Visit openuniversity.
                                                                                                                      co.uk/r28
                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure
                      are subject to change.                                                                    Call 0300 303 5303
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OPEN DEGREE

     BA/BSc (HONS) OPEN

     Do you want the freedom              Open qualifications
                                          and your career
     to study a range of subjects
                                          Achieving an Open qualification
     that interest you? Then our          demonstrates your exposure to
                                                                                 The fact that the OU has the
     Open qualifications are ideal.       different subjects and disciplines,    option of choosing an Open
                                          and the rich world-view you’ve         degree is fabulous. So many
     The degree allows you to choose      developed in the process. You’ll       people I have spoken to wish
     modules from a wide range of         also have a highly employable set      that they’d had this option
     subject areas so you can, for        of skills and attributes, including:
     example, combine environment                                                at university rather than
     and development modules with         ‒ adaptability                         going down one route.
     modules from other disciplines,      ‒ critical thinking
     such as science or the humanities.                                          Carol Dow,
                                          ‒ analysis and problem solving.        BA (Hons) Open
     Why choose this                      Research shows almost 86% of
     qualification?                       graduate job vacancies are open to
     ‒ Tailor your qualification          graduates of any subject (Institute
       to suit your needs.                of Student Employers, 2019).
                                          Employers value the personal
     ‒ Choose modules from a              qualities needed to achieve a
       wide range of subject areas.       degree through distance learning.
     ‒ Study to fit evolving career
       ambitions or personal interests.
     ‒ Open up your career prospects.                                             Related qualifications
     ‒ Count previous university study
                                                                                  Diploma of Higher
       towards your qualification.
                                                                                  Education Open (W34)
                                                                                  openuniversity.co.uk/w34
                                                                                  Certificate of Higher
                                                                                  Education Open (T09)
                                                                                  openuniversity.co.uk/t09

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                      How you can focus your Open degree                                                            AT A GLANCE
                      on environment and development                                                                Course code               QD

                      This selection of modules shows how you can focus                                             Total credits             360
                      on environment and development in combination with
                      other subjects that are of particular interest to you.                                        Start dates
                                                                                                                    Oct 2020
                      However, this is just one example of the many combinations
                                                                                                                    Register by 10 Sep 2020
                      you can study and you’re not restricted to this route.
                                                                                                  Environment       Feb 2021
                                                                                                  and               Register by 14 Jan 2021
                                                                                                  development
Stage 1 120 credits

                          Environment: journeys through a changing world                          modules
                          (U116) (60 credits)                                                                       Entry requirements
                                                                                                  Option
                                                                                                  modules           No specific requirements
                                                                                                  Intermediate
                                                                                                  qualifications    Assessment
                                                                                                  Awarded           Depending on the
                                                                                                  qualification     modules you choose
                          You’ll choose 60 credits from a wide range of                                             to study, you may be
                          OU level 1 modules                                                                        assessed in any or all
                                                                                                                    of the following ways:
                                                                                                                    ‒ Tutor-marked
                                                                                                                       assignments
                          Certificate of Higher Education Open (T09)                                                ‒ Interactive computer-
                                                                                                                       marked assignments
                                                                                                                    ‒ End-of-module
                                                                                                                       assessments
                                                                                                                    ‒ Examinations

                                                                                                                    Study duration
Stage 2 120 credits

                          Environment: sharing a dynamic planet
                          (DST206) (60 credits)                                                                     Part time: 6 years
                                                                                                                    Full time: 3 years

                                                                                                                    Mode of study
                                                                                                                    As the BA/BSc (Hons)
                                                                                                                    Open can be made up of a
                          You’ll choose 60 credits from a wide range of                                             range of different modules,
                          OU level 2 modules                                                                        the learning materials
                                                                                                                    provided, use of online
                                                                                                                    forums and inclusion of
                                                                                                                    collaborative work will
                          Diploma of Higher Education Open (W34)                                                    depend on the modules
                                                                                                                    you choose to study
Stage 3 120 credits

                          Environment: responding to change
                          (SDT306) (60 credits)

                          You’ll choose 60 credits from a wide range of
                          OU level 3 modules
                                                                                                                   MORE ONLINE
                                                                                                                   Find out more about this
                                                                                                                   course, fees and funding,
                          BA/BSc (HONS) OPEN1                                                                      and how to register

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                                                                                                                   Visit openuniversity.
                      Whether you qualify for a BA or BSc (Hons) Open will be determined by the
                      number of credits you have from modules suitable for a BA or for a BSc.
                                                                                                                         co.uk/qd
                                                                                                                   Call 0300 303 5303
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