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Making Environmental Decisions

The Open University UK

6 months
2075 GBP/full
2075 GBP/full
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Defining environment to include biophysical, social, political, economic and other factors, this Making Environmental Decisions programme offered by The Open University UK uses a systems framework to integrate environment with other elements when making environmental decisions in complex situations

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Many decisions and actions, both individual and collective, affect our environment; yet economic and political considerations often dominate.

You will explore a contemporary case of environmental decision making concerning fracking, as well as further examples from different parts of the world around water, energy, agriculture, forestry and climate change. You will also be able to consider an environmental decision-making situation of your own choosing, through the development of a project.

Vocational relevance

Environmental decision making as an activity is key to underpinning the concepts and responsibilities in the processes of environmental management. This Making Environmental Decisions programme offered by The Open University UK is distinctive in its explicit use of systems theories in its conceptual framework and in its focus on decision making. This systemic approach recognises and makes sense of the highly interconnected and complex challenges that many environmental managers face in the decisions they take. These challenges include working with multiple and often conflicting perspectives of stakeholders and issues of sustainability, biodiversity and quality of life. Systems theories are well recognised as useful in many management traditions, particularly where the issues of management are as much about people as they are about their environment. The systems skills you can expect to develop in this module also have wider vocational relevance beyond environmental management.

Programme Structure

This module is organised into four blocks:

  • Exploring with systems
  • Identifying change 
  • Taking action

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 6 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This module can be taken on its own or as part of a postgraduate qualification. You must have adequate preparation for study at this level, usually demonstrated by a bachelors degree (or the equivalent).

  • Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum overall score of 6 and minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four components: reading, writing, speaking and listening under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 

Tuition Fee

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    Based on the tuition of 2075 GBP for the full programme during 6 months.
  • National

    2075 GBP/full
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    Based on the tuition of 2075 GBP for the full programme during 6 months.


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