Open University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Geography (W81)

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Course summary

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

  • Develops your understanding of interrelationships between human activity and environmental change.
  • Explore how environmental and societal issues are entangled in cultural, economic, social, and political terms.
  • Become more effective in gathering and communicating geographical information to different audiences.
  • Learn how social science perspectives change the way we understand and respond to the major environmental challenges of our time.


This qualification has two stages, each comprising two modules. In Stage 1 you'll explore the key environmental issues and an interdisciplinary social sciences module that covers geography, economics, sociology, politics and international studies. Next, in Stage 2, you’ll explore the nature of the relationship between environmental and social issues in more depth. You’ll use the insights of the natural and the social sciences to explore why environmental issues such as biodiversity loss, climate change, food production, and water security pose such significant challenges. This will develop your understanding how environmental matters and society are so thoroughly connected.

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 £13848 Whole course
International £13848 Whole course
England £13848 Whole course
Channel Islands £13848 Whole course
Northern Ireland £4416 Whole course
Scotland £4512 Whole course
Wales £5248 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £13296 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 (W81) at Open University - UCAS