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  • Practising science: Reading the rocks and ecology

    Have you ever wondered how scientists analyse the environment? This free course, Practising science: Reading the rocks and ecology, introduces you...

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    Have you ever wondered how scientists analyse the environment? This free course,...
  • Geological processes in the British Isles

    The landscape of the British Isles has undergone dramatic changes during the history of the Earth, from shallow sea to desert to the familiar...

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    9 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    Intermediate level Duration 9 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
    The landscape of the British Isles has undergone dramatic changes during the...
  • Volcanic hazards

    This free course, Volcanic hazards, discusses the various hazards posed by different types of volcanic eruption, illustrated by examples from...

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    10 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    This free course, Volcanic hazards, discusses the various hazards posed by...
  • Minerals and the crystalline state

    Rocks are made of minerals and, as minerals are natural crystals, the geological world is mostly a crystalline world. This free course, Minerals...

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    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    22 Mar 2016

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    Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
    Rocks are made of minerals and, as minerals are natural crystals, the geological...
  • Earthquakes

    Earthquakes shake the ground surface, can cause buildings to collapse, disrupt transport and services, and can cause fires. They can trigger...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
    Earthquakes shake the ground surface, can cause buildings to collapse, disrupt...
  • Plate Tectonics

    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...

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    15 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    16 Mar 2016

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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,...
  • Mountain building in Scotland

    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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    30 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    02 Mar 2016

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    Some of Britain's most dramatic scenery is to be found in the Scottish Highlands....

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    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Feb 2017
    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

    Certificate of Higher Education Open

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    Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Feb 2017
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Feb 2017
    Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Feb 2017
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Feb 2017
    If you’re curious about the world we live in and enjoy delving into a wide range...

    BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences

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    BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Feb 2017
    We live in a society that depends on science, but how many of us really understand...

    Earth science: a systems approach

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    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 23 Feb 2017 Register by 11 Jan 2018
    Introduces a systems approach to Earth science and explores several important...

    Maths for science

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    Introductory level Duration 100 hours Updated 23 Feb 2017 Register by 23 Mar 2017
    This introductory course will develop your confidence in using mathematics as a...

    MSc project module

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    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 23 Feb 2017 Register by 12 Oct 2017
    Plan and carry out an investigation of your own choice with this masters-level...

    Science project course: geosciences

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    Science project course: geosciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 23 Feb 2017 Register by 04 Jan 2018
    Investigate and produce an in-depth project about geohazards within a range of...