Diploma of Higher Education in Environmental Management and Technology

The Open University

Program Description

Diploma of Higher Education in Environmental Management and Technology

The Open University

Diploma of Higher Education in Environmental Management and Technology

How can technology help us to manage the environment, given the pressures that threaten its future? How do we design more sustainable practices at local, national and international? This interdisciplinary diploma explores how our activities influence the natural and built environments; how they influence what we do; and how we can design and adapt what we do to minimise excessive fossil fuel use, pollution and resource depletion.

Key features of the course

  • Combines aspects of science, management, technology and social science
  • Provides knowledge and skills to manage environmental challenges more sustainably
  • Develops the analytical, interpretive and creative thinking skills valued by employers
  • Builds a solid foundation for further study

Educational aims

The Diploma of Higher Education in Environmental Management and Technology is an intermediate qualification towards the BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology degree that builds upon the Certificate in Higher Education in Environment. The qualification aims to provide a broad knowledge and understanding of how the environmental impacts of technology in human activity systems can be shaped and managed in innovative ways and broad skills in the use of systematic and systemic techniques to improve environmental management through ethical actions at individual, organisational and societal levels.

More specifically, the qualification aims to develop:

  • knowledge and understanding of the scientific, technical and socio-economic factors involved in the environmental impacts of complex human activity systems
  • knowledge and understanding of the impacts of energy use, waste management and environmental pollution and some of the technologies associated with them
  • knowledge and understanding of systematic and systemic thinking practices to better analyse complex human activity systems involving people and technologies
  • skills in the use of tools, methods and technologies that can be used to better seek appropriate information, to enhance design tasks and improve the ‘managing’ practices that will contribute to environmental improvements in complex human activity systems
  • skills of synthesis, analysis and communication, utilising digital technologies to improve learning and performance.

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

Teaching and learning is through a combination of both print and online resources, involving various activities, audio-visual and software tools. These resources will be both bespoke and externally sourced.

Assessment is through a mix of tutor-marked assignments (TMAs), unseen examinations and end-of-module assessments (EMAs).


We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are:

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront.
  • If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632.
  • Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study.
  • The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £10,528 based on our current fees.

NB: Prices are subject to change.

How long does it take?

  • Part time – 4 years
  • Full time – 2 years
  • Time limit – 12 years

Career relevance

The broad and specialist skills developed by this diploma are particularly in demand by government and regulatory bodies, the private sector, consultancies and conservation organisations, in areas such as:

  • environmental management
  • environmental policy
  • environmental consultancy
  • local, national and international governmental agencies
  • nature conservation
  • information systems
  • civil or diplomatic service
  • overseas development
  • journalism
  • research.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification. 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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2 - 12 years
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