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The Perseid meteor shower 2016

The Perseid meteor shower 2016 Creative commons image Brocken Inaglory (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons under CC-BY-SA-3.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 10 Aug 2016
The Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak on 11th August and 12th 2016. Find out more about meteors, Perseus and what meteors have to do with...

OpenLearn Live: 23rd June 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jun 2016
Did Harold Wilson get 'arold and Albert shifted to win an election? How did Britain become an island? Can you trust an ethicist? Free learning from...

How do you tell the biological sex of a T-Rex?

How do you tell the biological sex of a T-Rex? Copyright free image Copyright free: Yana Ray
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jun 2016
Carefully, if you find yourself trying to determine the sex of a live T-Rex. But when all you have is fossils... how do you go about it?

OpenLearn Live: 23rd March 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 23rd March 2016 Creative commons image David Rix under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Mar 2016
Cutting open a thunderegg, and the mystery of Shakespeare's missing head. Free learning from across the day.

Glenariff to Fermanagh

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Glenariff to Fermanagh Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Updated 20 Jan 2016
A look at Glenariff, one of the 9 Glens of Antrim, investigating how certain geological features managed to find their way to places they...

OpenLearn Live: 24th November 2015

OpenLearn Live: 24th November 2015 Creative commons image Liz & John Wesley Barker under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Nov 2015
Part of Ireland that started out by the South Pole. Then more free learning through the day.

The Balakot Earthquake: Ten years on

The Balakot Earthquake: Ten years on Creative commons image Ejaz Asi under CC-BY-NC licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Oct 2015
Earlier this week, parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan were hit by a large earthquake. By coincidence, it's ten years since Balakot in Pakistan was...

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.

Meteorite - or Meteor-wrong?

Meteorite - or Meteor-wrong? Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Aug 2015
There's a simple test which can tell if you've found a rock - or something extra-terrestrial, explains meteorite hunter Rob Elliott

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Practising science: Reading the rocks and ecology

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Introductory level Duration 14 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
Have you ever wondered how scientists analyse the environment? This free course, Practising science: Reading the rocks and ecology, introduces you...

Geological processes in the British Isles

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Geological processes in the British Isles Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 9 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
The landscape of the British Isles has undergone dramatic changes during the history of the Earth, from shallow sea to desert to the familiar...

Volcanic hazards

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
This free course, Volcanic hazards, discusses the various hazards posed by different types of volcanic eruption, illustrated by examples from...

Minerals and the crystalline state

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Minerals and the crystalline state Copyrighted image Copyright: courtesy of Peter Sheldon
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
Rocks are made of minerals and, as minerals are natural crystals, the geological world is mostly a crystalline world. This free course, Minerals...

Earthquakes

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
Earthquakes shake the ground surface, can cause buildings to collapse, disrupt transport and services, and can cause fires. They can trigger...

Plate Tectonics

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
Plate tectonics is an earth sciences topic that attracts a good deal of interest, given that it a topic very often featured in popular science...

Mountain building in Scotland

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Advanced level Duration 30 hours Updated 02 Mar 2016
Some of Britain's most dramatic scenery is to be found in the Scottish Highlands. The sight of mighty Ben Nevis, the desolate plateau of the...

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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 30 Aug 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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Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Aug 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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Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Aug 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 30 Aug 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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Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Aug 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 30 Aug 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...

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 30 Aug 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...

MSc project module

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Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Aug 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...

Maths for science

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Introductory level Duration 100 hours Updated 30 Aug 2016 Register by 22 Sep 2016
This introductory course will develop your confidence in using mathematics as a tool in science.

The geological record of environmental change

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The geological record of environmental change Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 30 Aug 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Explore evidence of environmental change in the geological record, including sedimentary sequences, climatic and tectonic processes, the ...