BSc in Environmental Science (Honours)

The Open University

Program Description

BSc in Environmental Science (Honours)

The Open University

BSc in Environmental Science (Honours)

Our environment is under threat from climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution and resource depletion. This course combines aspects of biology, ecology, geography, chemistry, technology and social science to help you understand the whole picture. You’ll develop the scientific knowledge and techniques needed to understand environmental patterns and processes, investigate ecosystems, and to address local and global environmental issues. You’ll also investigate how environmental science relates to society.

Key features of the course

  • Investigates the complexities of the natural environment and our relationship with it
  • Explores the problems we face in understanding our natural environment and in living sustainably
  • Develops your scientific, interpretive and creative thinking skills
  • Includes compulsory fieldwork, which you’ll undertake at a UK-based residential school.

Educational aims

This is a broad-based environmental science award that aims to provide you with:

  • a lifelong interest in environmental science through modules that are accessible to people of all educational backgrounds
  • an understanding of the contributions of different scientific disciplines to environmental science
  • an appreciation of the social, political and economic contexts within which environmental science operates
  • an enthusiasm for the study of science through understanding of how scientific knowledge develops, an appreciation of the limits of scientific knowledge and an awareness of its impact in society
  • support and guidance to develop as an independent learner.


We work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible. Working out how you’ll pay for it is a big part of deciding to study with us – we can help, with flexible ways to pay and help spread the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are:

  • Our standard fee is £5,124 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study at a campus-based university.
  • Most OU students study an average of 60 credits a year – studying part time for 6 years to complete a degree. Our standard fee for 60 credits is £2,562.
  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront.
  • The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £15,372.

NB: Prices are subject to change.

How long does it take?

  • Part time – 6-8 years
  • Full time – 3 years
  • Time limit – 16 years

Career relevance

The broad and specialist skills you will develop during this degree course will equip you to work in a variety of jobs. Environmental science skills are in demand from government and regulatory bodies, the private sector, consultancies and conservation organisations. Careers directly related to the degree include:

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

Entry requirements

There are no formal requirements to study this degree. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process.

Read more about this programme on the Open University website here

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated October 23, 2017
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United Kingdom - Milton Keynes, England
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