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BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology

How can we best manage the environment, given the pressures that threaten its future? How can technology be put to good use in this endeavour? The BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology is a must for anyone with an interest in this critical subject. You'll explore the complexities of the natural and built environments; how our activities influence them; and how they influence what we do. These environments help sustain many aspects of our lives and livelihoods, but they're under threat from climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. This interdisciplinary degree course combines aspects of science, management, technology and social science to help you understand the environmental systems in which we live and work, and how we can improve the way we act within them. You'll gain the knowledge and skills needed to understand and manage local and global environmental problems more sustainably, as well as developing your analytical, interpretive and creative thinking skills.

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Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Key facts

Code: Q72 Made up of: 360 credits

There are no formal qualifications required to study this degree.

Fees: Our fees depend on where you are ordinarily resident. We have a range of funding options to help you with payment. When you apply to study we will tell you the fee and funding options that are available to you. Before you apply you can read What you can expect to pay.

Career relevance and employability

The BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology develops broad and specialist skills that are in demand from government and regulatory bodies, the private sector, consultancies and conservation organisations. Careers directly related to the degree include:

  • pollution control
  • waste management and recycling
  • water quality and resources
  • energy management
  • planning and sustainability
  • environmental management and consultancy
  • ecology and nature conservation
  • environmental education.

Graduates can also go into financial, business and public sector work.

This degree course is designed to develop breadth and depth of understanding in scientific, technical and management aspects of environmental problems. You'll be able to:

  • think creatively
  • tackle complex issues
  • collect, analyse and interpret complex quantitative and qualitative data.

You'll also gain practical skills in problem solving, project work (including research, planning, auditing and survey techniques), digital literacy, communication, and interdisciplinary team working. Together they demonstrate an all-round ability which will be valued by employers, who also rate the self-motivation of OU students very highly.

There's more information about how OU study can improve your employability in the OU's Employability Statement from our Careers Advisory Service. You can also read or download our publication OU study and your career and look at our subject pages to find out about career opportunities.

Educational aims

This degree aims to provide a broad knowledge and understanding of how the environmental impacts of technology in human activity systems can be shaped and managed in innovative ways and broad skills in the use of systematic and systemic techniques to improve environmental management through ethical actions at individual, organisational and societal levels.

More specifically, the degree aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of:

  • the scientific, technical and socio-economic factors involved in the environmental impacts of complex human activity systems
  • the impacts of energy use, waste management and environmental pollution and some of the technologies associated with them
  • systematic and systemic thinking practices to better analyse complex human activity systems involving people and technologies.

It also aims to develop the following skills:

  • use of tools, methods and technologies that can be used to better seek appropriate information, to enhance design tasks and to improve the 'managing' practices that will contribute to environmental improvements in complex human activity systems.
  • synthesis, analysis and communication, utilising digital technologies to improve learning and performance.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of this degree, you will have knowledge and understanding of the:

  • scientific, technological, social and economic factors that influence complex environmental situations
  • principles of managing complex environmental problems involving impacts from human activities
  • principles and methods for assessing and evaluating environmental situations and environmental impacts
  • core concepts necessary for systematically and/or systemically analysing complex situations involving people, technologies and organisations.

Cognitive skills

On completion of this degree, you will be able to:

  • discuss the technological, economic, commercial, social and other factors that influence environmental management
  • discuss the scientific and engineering techniques and tools to evaluate and predict the effects of resource management activities on the environment
  • apply systems concepts and techniques to engage with complex environmental management problems
  • compare, contrast and critically assess different approaches and techniques for solving environmental management problems.

Practical and/or professional skills

On completion of this degree, you will be able to:

  • apply the principles, concepts and techniques of scientific, engineering and systems thinking for understanding, assessing, and managing environmental problems
  • develop practical skills in the use of quantitative and qualitative models to understand, analyse and recommend improvements to a range of situations and systems involving environmental impacts
  • develop practical skills in the use of digital technologies for finding and analysing information, and for effectively communicating and cooperating with work colleagues.

Key skills

On completion of this degree, you will be able to:

  • use appropriate numerical and mathematical techniques
  • learn and perform more effectively by reflecting on practice
  • interpret and critically analyse specialist sources of information and extract relevant information.

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