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60 second adventures in microgravity

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60 second adventures in microgravity Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Apr 2016
What is microgravity, and how does it help science research? This series, funded by the UK Space Agency, explores how we recreate microgravity...

The world around us - Perfume

The world around us - Perfume Copyrighted image Copyright: Thinkstock
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Mar 2016
Our noses aren't very good. So how do the experts set about making perfume?

Ever Wondered About... Berries?

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Ever Wondered About... Berries? Creative commons image Steph L under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 17 Feb 2016
Paul Merrett and David Shuker discuss the science and significance of berries.

Ever Wondered About... Fish?

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Ever Wondered About... Fish? Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 17 Feb 2016
Chef Paul Merrett and scientist David Shuker explore the science of fish - and why some advisors want us to eat more, but others want us to lay off.

Ever Wondered About... Sugar?

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Ever Wondered About... Sugar? Creative commons image Com Salud under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 17 Feb 2016
It might help the medicine go down - indeed, in the most delightful way - but that's only one of the amazing qualities of the sweet stuff.

What is polonium - and why is it so dangerous?

What is polonium - and why is it so dangerous? Creative commons image thierry ehrmann under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Jan 2016
A report has been published today into the poisoning by polonium of Alexander Litvinenko. Writing at the time of another high-profile death in...

Oxygen, blood and the body

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Oxygen, blood and the body Creative commons image Maurizio De Angelis. Wellcome Images under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Jan 2016
How do living things transport and store oxygen for respiration? Dr Simon Collinson explains. 

What can you do with leftover coffee grounds?

What can you do with leftover coffee grounds? Copyright free image Copyright free: Skitterphoto
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Oct 2015
If your office is anything like the OpenLearn one, you'll be generating a load of waste coffee grounds everyday. Maybe we shouldn't be throwing it...

Separate coloured ink with this experiment

Separate coloured ink with this experiment
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 28 Oct 2015
Did you know your black biro isn't black and your green felt tip isn't green? Don't believe this? Try this chromatography experiment.

Colour: The Spectrum of Science

Colour: The Spectrum of Science Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Updated 28 Oct 2015
Go beyond the rainbow in this OU/BBC series that delves into colour, how it works and how it has written the story of our planet. 

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The molecular world

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The molecular world Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
From diamonds to dynamite, everything involves a chemical reaction. This free course, The molecular world, introduces you to the concepts and...

What chemical compounds might be present in drinking water?

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What chemical compounds might be present in drinking water?
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
Do you want to know whats in the water that you drink? This free course, What chemical compounds might be present in drinking water?, examines the...

Test kits for water analysis

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
This free course, Test kits for water analysis, steps outside the laboratory to look at some examples of analytical procedures being carried out in...

Drug development process: combating pain

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Drug development process: combating pain
Advanced level Duration 2 hours Updated 02 Mar 2016
Drug development process: combating pain, is a free course offering a brief introduction to the process of new drug discovery; from identification...

Iron transport and storage

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Advanced level Duration 5 hours Updated 02 Mar 2016
This free course, Iron transport and storage, looks at the methods that have been developed by organisms for the uptake, transport and storage of...

Birth of a drug

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Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 02 Mar 2016
The search for new medicinal products is one of the major driving forces behind the development and application of new synthetic methods. This free...

The three-way catalytic converter

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Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 02 Mar 2016
This free course is concerned primarily with the chemistry that underpins the operation of the three-way catalytic converter that is placed in the...

Introduction to polymers

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 31 Jul 2012
This free course, Introduction to polymers, examines the use of polymers and demonstrates how their properties are controlled by their molecular...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 03 May 2016
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 Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 03 May 2016
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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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 03 May 2016
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 Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 03 May 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 03 May 2016
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....

BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences

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BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 03 May 2016
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...

MSc project module for MSc in Medicinal Chemistry

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MSc project module for MSc in Medicinal Chemistry Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 03 May 2016 Register by 13 Oct 2016
Plan and carry out an investigation of your own choice with this masters-level project course in medicinal chemistry, developing essential skills...

Investigative and mathematical skills in science

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Investigative and mathematical skills in science Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 03 May 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
With this course you’ll develop your experimental, investigative and mathematical skills as well gaining a better understanding of the weather and...

Concept to clinic

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Concept to clinic Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 03 May 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This course provides an overview of the drug discovery and development process from a modern and historical perspective and introduces you to a...

MSc project module

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MSc project module Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 03 May 2016 Register by 13 Oct 2016
Plan and carry out an investigation of your own choice with this masters-level project course in science, and develop essential skills like report...