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  • The Hunt Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Silverback Films

    The Hunt

    This lavish co-production from the OU and the BBC gets close to tales of survival. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough the series...

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    21 Nov 2017

  • The Hunt

    The Hunt Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Silverback Films Updated content
    Updated 21 Nov 2017
    This lavish co-production from the OU and the BBC gets close to tales of survival. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough the series explores the dynamic...
  • Life In The Undergrowth Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Life In The Undergrowth

    David Attenborough pushes back the foliage and finds a world of invertebrates.

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    21 Nov 2017

  • Life In The Undergrowth

    Life In The Undergrowth Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC Updated content
    Updated 21 Nov 2017
    David Attenborough pushes back the foliage and finds a world of invertebrates.
  • Life Story Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC/Anup Shah

    Life Story

    With Life Story, David Attenborough takes us on the greatest of all adventures – the journey through life. Find out more, and watch...

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    21 Nov 2017

  • Life Story

    Life Story Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC/Anup Shah Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Nov 2017
    With Life Story, David Attenborough takes us on the greatest of all adventures – the journey through life. Find out more, and watch clips from the series.
  • Hallowain't III: Thorny devil Creative commons image Icon Bäras under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Hallowain't III: Thorny devil

    It's a spiky devil. It's also known as a dragon. So is it a dragon from hell? No.

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    31 Oct 2017

  • Hallowain't III: Thorny devil

    Hallowain't III: Thorny devil Creative commons image Icon Bäras under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Oct 2017
    It's a spiky devil. It's also known as a dragon. So is it a dragon from hell? No.
  • Hallowain't III: Kilifish - the zombie fish Creative commons image Icon Brian Gratwicke under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Hallowain't III: Kilifish - the zombie fish

    Swimming around without any self-control, the better to spread infection. Are killifish zombies, raised from the dead...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    30 Oct 2017

  • Hallowain't III: Kilifish - the zombie fish

    Hallowain't III: Kilifish - the zombie fish Creative commons image Icon Brian Gratwicke under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Oct 2017
    Swimming around without any self-control, the better to spread infection. Are killifish zombies, raised from the dead? No.
  • Blue Planet II - One Ocean: The videos Creative commons image Icon Andrew Shiva / Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 4.0 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Blue Planet II - One Ocean: The videos

    Get a taste of episode one, and go behind the scenes, of our lush love letter to the deep blue.

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    30 Oct 2017

  • Blue Planet II - One Ocean: The videos

    Blue Planet II - One Ocean: The videos Creative commons image Icon Andrew Shiva / Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 4.0 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 30 Oct 2017
    Get a taste of episode one, and go behind the scenes, of our lush love letter to the deep blue.
  • Blue Planet II's message to humanity Creative commons image Icon Denis Felikson, University of Texas / NASA under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Blue Planet II's message to humanity

    By Miranda Dyson, Dr Philip Sexton

    Alongside the stunning photography and amazing stories, there's a serious warning in Blue Planet II that deserves our...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    30 Oct 2017

  • Blue Planet II's message to humanity

    Blue Planet II's message to humanity Creative commons image Icon Denis Felikson, University of Texas / NASA under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Oct 2017
    Alongside the stunning photography and amazing stories, there's a serious warning in Blue Planet II that deserves our attention, say Miranda Dyson and Phil...
  • Hallowain't III: Woodfrogs

    A block of ice melts away, and there sits a frog. Is this an ice monster of some sort? No.

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    27 Oct 2017

  • Hallowain't III: Woodfrogs

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Oct 2017
    A block of ice melts away, and there sits a frog. Is this an ice monster of some sort? No.
  • Life In Cold Blood Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Life In Cold Blood

    David Attenborough explores the lives of amphibians and reptiles - cold blood, but amazing creatures. Watch clips and find out more.

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  • Life In Cold Blood

    Life In Cold Blood Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Introductory level Updated 27 Oct 2017
    David Attenborough explores the lives of amphibians and reptiles - cold blood, but amazing creatures. Watch clips and find out more.
  • Why do some fish change sex? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Why do some fish change sex?

    By Miranda Dyson

    In Blue Planet II we meet the Kobudai and witness them change sex. Why?

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    10 mins

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    26 Oct 2017

  • Why do some fish change sex?

    Why do some fish change sex? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 26 Oct 2017
    In Blue Planet II we meet the Kobudai and witness them change sex. Why?

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  • Gene manipulation in plants

    Genetic manipulation of crops is an issue of great current interest and controversy. This free course, Gene manipulation in plants, covers some of...

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    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    27 Oct 2017

  • Gene manipulation in plants

    Gene manipulation in plants Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 27 Oct 2017
    Genetic manipulation of crops is an issue of great current interest and...
  • Migration

    Migration is a free course looking at the migrations of animals, with special reference to birds, and also introducing the themes of movement,...

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    8 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    07 Sep 2017

  • Migration

    Migration
    Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 07 Sep 2017
    Migration is a free course looking at the migrations of animals, with special...
  • Meiosis and mitosis

    This free course, Meiosis and mitosis, looks at how units of inheritance are transmitted from one generation to the next. First you will look at...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    25 Aug 2017

  • Meiosis and mitosis

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    This free course, Meiosis and mitosis, looks at how units of inheritance are...
  • Alcohol and human health

    What impact does alcohol have on the body? From a 'hangover' to cirrhosis this free course, Alcohol and human health, looks at the harmful effects...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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  • Alcohol and human health

    Alcohol and human health Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 25 Aug 2017
    What impact does alcohol have on the body? From a 'hangover' to cirrhosis this...
  • Introduction to histology

    This free course provides an introduction to histology, the study of tissues. It also describes how histology can aid in the diagnosis of disease...

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    3 hours

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  • Introduction to histology

    Introduction to histology Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 02 Aug 2017
    This free course provides an introduction to histology, the study of tissues. It...
  • What do genes do?

    This free course, What do genes do? explores how information contained in DNA is used, explaining the flow of information from DNA to RNA to...

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    4 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    01 Aug 2017

  • What do genes do?

    What do genes do? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 01 Aug 2017
    This free course, What do genes do? explores how information contained in DNA is...
  • Influenza: A case study

    This free course, Influenza: A case study, explores the biology of influenza, covering a range of topics including: the virus, infection,...

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    6 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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  • Influenza: A case study

    Influenza: A case study Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Advanced level Duration 6 hours Updated 26 Jul 2017
    This free course, Influenza: A case study, explores the biology of influenza,...
  • Gene therapy

    Following on from the advances made in diagnosing disorders using genetic testing, this free course, Gene therapy, looks at the possibilities for...

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    4 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    19 Jun 2017

  • Gene therapy

    Gene therapy Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 19 Jun 2017
    Following on from the advances made in diagnosing disorders using genetic testing,...
  • Nutrition: vitamins and minerals

    Both vitamins and minerals are essential in the diet in small quantities. Learn about the two main vitamin groups and the major mineral elements....

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    10 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    18 May 2017

  • Nutrition: vitamins and minerals

    Nutrition: vitamins and minerals Creative commons image Icon © Adam Howarth in Flickr made available under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/ under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 18 May 2017
    Both vitamins and minerals are essential in the diet in small quantities. Learn...
  • Hearing

    Hearing is a familiar and important human sense that is a topic naturally of interest to those who are curious about human biology. This free...

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    15 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    16 May 2017

  • Hearing

    Hearing Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 16 May 2017
    Hearing is a familiar and important human sense that is a topic naturally of...

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    BA/BSc Open degree

    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 20 Nov 2017
    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

    Certificate of Higher Education Open

    Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 20 Nov 2017
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

    Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 20 Nov 2017
    Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

    Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: 12019
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 20 Nov 2017
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

    Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 20 Nov 2017
    If you’re curious about the world we live in and enjoy delving into a wide range...

    BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences

    BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences Creative commons image Icon Milosz1 under CC BY 2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 20 Nov 2017
    We live in a society that depends on science, but how many of us really understand...