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Science behind the lens

Science behind the lens Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Dec 2014
Do you find yourself screaming at the screen in frustration when Hollywood films get the science wrong? 

Explainer: What happens in the hippocampus?

Explainer: What happens in the hippocampus? Creative commons image Credit: Professor Laszlo Seress, CC BY-SA
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Oct 2014
Discovering the 'brain's internal GPS' has led a group of scientists to win the Nobel Prize 2014. But what do you need to know about the part of...

Influential women scientists in chemistry

Influential women scientists in chemistry Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Oct 2014
Women have played a significant role in the areas of chemistry, the environment and health. Here are just a few examples.

Take a trip to infinity

Take a trip to infinity Creative commons image Credit: Guiseppe Savo under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Updated 11 Apr 2014
The concept of ‘infinity’ has enchanted and perplexed the world’s leading mathematicians for centuries. Through her outreach work in schools, Dr...

Sniffing out disease

Sniffing out disease Copyrighted image Credit: Jevgenia Issakova | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Dec 2013
Waving a tricorder in the air to tell what was wrong with a patient might be science fiction, but Dr Claire Turner believes we are moving one small...

Biology Week 2013

Biology Week 2013 Copyrighted image Credit: Biology Week
Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 22 Nov 2013
Seven days celebrating all the biosciences: 12th - 18th October. Missed it? We've got all the lectures for you to enjoy right here.

The legacy and impact of Frederick Sanger

The legacy and impact of Frederick Sanger Copyright free image Credit: National Library of Medicine
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Nov 2013
Fredrick Sanger was a double Nobel laureate and expert in all things DNA. What impact has his work had on our lives?

Gut bacteria: friend or foe?

Gut bacteria: friend or foe? Copyrighted image Credit: © Alexander Raths | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Nov 2013
Quick! Our guts are being invaded by bacteria! ... But is it a bad thing?

The selective breeding of dogs

The selective breeding of dogs Copyrighted image Credit: © Caleb Foster | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Updated 29 Aug 2013
Selective breeding: How does it work and why is it done?

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Migration

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Migration
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 23 Oct 2014
This unit introduces migration in animals, with special reference to birds, and also introduces the themes of movement, selection and homeostasis.

Nutrition: Proteins

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 07 Feb 2014
This Unit studies 'proteins'. Starting with a simple analysis of the molecular make up, the Unit moves on to look at the importance of protein and...

Nutrition: Vitamins and minerals

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Nutrition: Vitamins and minerals Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 10 Dec 2013
Both vitamins and minerals are essential in the diet in small quantities.The term ‘vitamin’ was not coined until early in the 20th century, to...

Living with diabetes

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Living with diabetes Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 10 Dec 2013
This unit introduces the parts of the body and processes involved in the development of diabetes.

Gene manipulation in plants

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Gene manipulation in plants Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Genetic manipulation of crops is an issue of great current interest and controversy. This unit covers some of the basic science that underpins the...

Pain and Aspirin

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Pain and Aspirin Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
What causes pain and how do we stop it? This unit looks at how the human body responds to the release of certain chemicals and as a result feels...

Introduction to histopathology

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Introduction to histopathology Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 07 Aug 2013
This unit provides an introduction to the subject of histopathology and outlines how the appearance of different tissues changes due to damage,...

Introduction to microscopy

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Introduction to microscopy Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 07 Aug 2013
The unit provides an introduction to microscopy and the operation of a simple light microscope, of the type found in histology units and teaching...

Introduction to histology

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Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 07 Aug 2013
This unit provides an introduction to histology, the study of tissues. It also describes how histology can aid in the diagnosis of disease and...

Gene therapy

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 08 Jul 2013
Following on from the advances made in diagnosing disorders using genetic testing, this unit looks at the possibilities for genetic therapies. Two...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014
Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a degree? The Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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Duration 3000 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014
If you’re curious about the world we live in and enjoy delving into a wide range of scientific topics, the DipHE in Natural Sciences is for you....

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences

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BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014
We live in a society that depends on science, but how many of us really understand the science behind the important issues that feature in the news...

Science in context

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Science in context Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This course covers interesting, contemporary issues with a scientific dimension: BSE/vCJD; near-Earth objects; water and well-being; climate change...

Molecules in medicine

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Molecules in medicine Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014 Register by 13 Jan 2015
Examine the molecular basis of drug action in medicine, covering topics like infectious diseases (bacterial and viral), cancer, heart disease,...

Contemporary issues in brain and behaviour: psychosis and dementia

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Contemporary issues in brain and behaviour: psychosis and dementia Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014 Register by 13 Jan 2015
You will draw on biological, psychological and social sciences to investigate psychosis and dementia, conditions that are of major global health...

MSc project module

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Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014 Register by 15 Oct 2015
Plan and carry out an investigation of your own choice with this masters-level project course in science, and develop essential skills like report...