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Managing for Sustainability (T867) Credits from The Open University

Managing for Sustainability (T867) Credits from The Open University

Key information

Qualification type

Credits from The Open University

Subject areas

Sustainability Management Skills (Specific)

Course type


Course Summary

This course will increase your understanding of delivering and supporting sustainability management. You will develop a multidisciplinary perspective on resources, sustainability and health and safety management which will incorporate strategy, policy, data collection and knowledge management. It will introduce you to a systemic approach for studying organisational operations and methods for quantifying and optimising resource use and energy use while using tools to reduce environmental, societal and financial risk. You will also learn how to improve the efficiency and effectiveness with which your organisation can incorporate sustainability issues and to identify future trends and drivers for change in this area.

It is divided into three online study blocks. Block 1: Issues for sustainable resource management - The first block outlines what resources are, how to plan for their usage, what outside influences affect decisions on what resources to use. It explains what sustainability is and how to develop a sustainability strategy, how to write both an environmental and health and safety policy and the issues surrounding corporate social responsibility. The block finishes by considering the integration of health, safety and environmental responsibilities within an organisation. Block 2: Technical and management tools - The second block helps you to deal with data, how you can collect it and what can be used to measure the sustainability of an organisation. The block considers financial issues, environmental auditing, health and safety auditing, environmental impact assessment, life cycle assessment and multi-criteria decision analysis. Block 3: Planning for emergencies and communicating with stakeholders - The final block concentrates on communication and why it is important, how to manage information and how to involve stakeholders. This includes how to manage and use data for reporting to both the public and for board-level discussions. The block also demonstrates various environmental management systems and tools for accreditation, e.g. ISO 14001, and considers integrated risk management issues such as emergency planning, analysing incidences and evaluating long term trends. On this course you will be expected to take 3 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and an end-of-module assessment.

Different course options

Distance without attendance | Run at the client site in the region of United Kingdom | 6 months | MAY

Study mode

Distance without attendance


6 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Not known

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students who are taking this course as part of a postgraduate qualification must have adequate preparation for study at this level, usually demonstrated by a bachelors degree (or the equivalent) from a UK university.