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Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Geography and Environmental Science (R16)

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Course summary

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, combining geography and environmental science. You’ll discover the complexities of our relationship with the natural environment by Exploring topics like deforestation, sustainable water-resource management, pollution control, conservation and governance. Throughout this journey, you’ll also examine the consequences and implications of environmental change for sustainability and learn about the social and natural processes and interactions operating in different environments. Key features of the course

  • Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES).
  • Develop your understanding of interrelationships between human activity and environmental change.
  • Use both geography and science concepts and theories to make sense of environmental challenges.
  • Enhance your employability by working between the social and natural sciences.
  • Build analytical and reasoning skills needed for assessing environmental evidence.


This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits. You’ll start Stage 1 with two 60-credit introductory modules – one with a focus on wide issues relating to the environment and one with a focus on science. Next, in Stage 2, you’ll study two 60-credit modules – an environmental science module and a geography-led module. And finally, in Stage 3, you’ll study two 60-credit modules – one with a focus on environmental policy from a social science perspective and one with a focus on environmental change from an environmental science perspective.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
  • Water and Environmental Management, Chartered Institution of
  • Environmental Sciences, Institute of

How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £20772 Whole course
International £20772 Whole course
England £20772 Whole course
Channel Islands £20772 Whole course
Northern Ireland £6624 Whole course
Scotland £6768 Whole course
Wales £7872 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £19944 Whole course

Additional fee information

The fee information provided is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2024. Fees normally increase annually. For further information about The Open University's fee policy, visit our website.
Geography and Environmental Science (R16) at Open University - UCAS