BSc (Honours) Environmental Science
DescriptionCourse Code: Q52 Course Level: Undergraduate Subject Area: Science Course Qualification: Degree This course is available for study in: Aland Islands, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Channel Islands, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City State
What you will learn
Environmental science is a vital and vibrant subject, exploring the complexities of the natural environment and our rela…
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What you will learn
Environmental science is a vital and vibrant subject, exploring the complexities of the natural environment and our relationship with it. Our environment is fascinating – but it’s under threat from climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. This interdisciplinary degree course combines aspects of biology, geography, chemistry, technology and social science to help you understand the whole picture. The BSc (Honours) Environmental Science will also develop the scientific and technical knowledge and skills required to understand fundamental environmental patterns and processes, and to address local and global environmental issues. You’ll investigate the problems we face in understanding our environment and in managing it sustainably, as well as developing your scientific, interpretive and creative thinking skills.
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Time required and cost
You require 360 credits to complete this course. Time to complete studies can range from 4 to 16 years depending on how many credits are studied each year. Typically 9 hours of study a week equates to 30 credits achieved in a year.
What you pay is based on the number of credits you study in a year and this depends on the modules you choose. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2013/2014:
- £5,124 if you study 120 credits in a year (full-time)
- £2,562 if you study 60 credits in a year
- £1,281 if you study 30 credits in a year.
NB: Prices and courses are subject to change.
The broad and specialist skills you’ll develop in 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
- waste management and recycling
- water quality and resources
- energy management
- planning and sustainability
- environmental management and consultancy
- ecology and nature conservation
- environmental education.
Your studies will also be relevant to financial, business and public sector work.
As a graduate of the BSc (Honours) Environmental Science, you’ll have gained breadth and depth of understanding in scientific, technical and environmental issues. You’ll be able to think creatively; tackle multifaceted issues; and collect, analyse and interpret complex quantitative and qualitative data.
You’ll also gain skills in:
- practical and project working – including research, planning and fieldwork techniques
- digital literacy
- interdisciplinary team working.
In addition, skills like self-motivation, teamwork and problem solving will demonstrate your all-round ability and make you more employable.
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There are no formal entry requirements to study this degree. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 7.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process.
Classification of course
On successful completion of the required number and type of modules you will be awarded a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Environmental Science degree.
Your honours degree will be classified either as first-class honours, upper second-class honours, lower second-class honours or third-class honours.
The class of degree is determined by the best grades you achieve in a minimum of 120 and up to 240 credits from modules at Levels 2 and 3, 120 of which must come from modules at Level 3.
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As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the following regulations:
- Student Regulations
- Module Regulations
- General Qualification Regulations
- BSc Environmental Science
- Schedule A to the Qualification Regulations.