Environmental Studies (W58) at Open University - UCAS

Open University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Environmental Studies (W58)

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Course summary

Climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion are just some of the environmental issues that are posing challenges to people and ecosystems across the planet. This interdisciplinary diploma combines the social and natural sciences to provide you with knowledge of the societal (social, political, economic, cultural and ethical) and the biophysical (geological, physical, ecological) dimensions of such issues. You'll also gain an understanding of why recognising the connections between these different dimensions is so important if the environmental challenges we face are to be effectively addressed. Key features of the course

  • Develop the core knowledge and skills necessary to understand the complexity and controversies behind key environmental issues
  • Combine a thorough interdisciplinary grounding in environmental change with a distinctive social science approach to environmental issues
  • Gain the ability to interpret, analyse, and critically evaluate quantitative and qualitative evidence
  • Enhance your employability by learning how to work between the social and natural sciences

Modules

This qualification has two stages, each comprising two compulsory modules. To start Stage 1 you’ll be introduced to the interdisciplinary study of environmental issues, before covering the core ideas and key skills of the social sciences. As you do so, you’ll explore some of the environmental issues affecting the Arctic, the Nile, the Amazon, China, the oceans, and key world cities as well as themes such as inequality, rights and justice. At Stage 2 you’ll deepen your understanding of the relationship between environmental and social issues. You will investigate why environmental issues are so often controversial and difficult to resolve, examine the environmental challenges posed by a rapidly urbanising world, assess the possibilities and limits of environmental policy, and explore how individual and collective action can make a difference to environmental issues.


How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification.


Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £14544 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £13968 Whole course
Scotland £4752 Whole course
Northern Ireland £4636 Whole course
Wales £5248 Whole course
EU £14944 Whole course
International £14944 Whole course
Channel Islands £14944 Whole course

Additional fee information

Fee information is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2025. Fees typically increase annually.
Environmental Studies (W58) at Open University - UCAS