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Earth Science Week 2014: Our Geoheritage

Earth Science Week 2014: Our Geoheritage Creative commons image Credit: Chris Lofqvist under CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 06 Oct 2014
Celebrate the geological phenomena that have rocked this world with Earth Science Week running from 13th to 19th October 2014.

All you need to know about Iceland’s volcanic eruption

All you need to know about Iceland’s volcanic eruption Creative commons image Credit: Sparkle Motion under CC-BY-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 05 Sep 2014
Will the disruption caused by Eyjafjallajökull's ash cloud in 2010 be repeated in Iceland's latest volcanic eruption?

Fracking: How much gas and what about the water

Fracking: How much gas and what about the water Creative commons image Credit: By US Geological Survey [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 26 Sep 2013
Just how much gas is available by the process of fracking, and what volume of water is required?

Fracking: No need for all the fuss

Fracking: No need for all the fuss Creative commons image Credit: By Joshua Doubek (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Sep 2013
Geologist David Rothery considers the benefits of fracking against the environmental concerns.

The geology of Northern Ireland

The geology of Northern Ireland Copyrighted image Credit: Richard Semik | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Updated 06 Jun 2013
Discover the exceptional geological diversity of Northern Ireland.

Fermanagh: The backdrop to the G8 summit

Fermanagh: The backdrop to the G8 summit Creative commons image Credit: Shadowgatelicensed for reuse under CC BY 2.0
Introductory level Updated 31 May 2013
Explore the hidden gems of Fermanagh in Northern Ireland, an inspired choice for the 2013 G8 summit.

Polar bears and sea ice

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Polar bears and sea ice Creative commons image Credit: polar bear / fruchtzwerg's world / http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 08 Jan 2013
In this extended interview, find out about the relationship polar bears have with sea ice.

Discover more about volcanoes

Discover more about volcanoes Copyrighted image Credit: Klikk | Dreamstime
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Jul 2012
With the BBC reporting live from the world's most active volcano this week, we give you an insight into volcanoes with a series of articles,...

Volcano research in Central America

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Volcano research in Central America Copyrighted image Credit: Hazel Rymer
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Jun 2011
As part of the 2011 Earthwatch Lecture series, Hazel Rymer revealed how research into plants might one day predict volcanic activity.

Earthquake and tsunami in Honshu, Japan: 11th March 2011

Earthquake and tsunami in Honshu, Japan: 11th March 2011 Creative commons image Credit: japan_style under CC-BY-NC licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Mar 2011
Shortly after news started to come through of the massive earthquake in Japan, David Rothery shared his thoughts for us.

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Practising science: Reading the rocks and ecology

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Practising science: Reading the rocks and ecology Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 14 hours Updated 07 Feb 2014
Have you ever wondered how scientists analyse the environment? This unit introduces you to the techniques used by science students at residential...

Mountain building in Scotland

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Mountain building in Scotland Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 30 hours Updated 10 Oct 2012
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...

Plate Tectonics

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Apr 2012
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...

Volcanic hazards

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Volcanic hazards Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 16 Nov 2011
This Unit discusses the various hazards posed by different types of volcanic eruption, illustrated by examples from recent eruptions. The...

Earthquakes

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 18 Jul 2011
Earthquakes shake the ground surface, can cause buildings to collapse, disrupt transport and services, and can cause fires. They can trigger...

Geological processes in the British Isles

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Geological processes in the British Isles Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 9 hours Updated 11 May 2011
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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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 29 Nov 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 29 Nov 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 29 Nov 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 29 Nov 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 29 Nov 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 29 Nov 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...

The geological record of environmental change

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The geological record of environmental change Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 29 Nov 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Explore evidence of environmental change in the geological record, including sedimentary sequences, climatic and tectonic processes, the ...

MSc project module

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Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Nov 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...

Understanding the continents

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Understanding the continents Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 29 Nov 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This wide-ranging course develops your knowledge of the continents, plate-tectonic processes and related issues in depth: its theme is crustal...

Maths for science

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Introductory level Duration 100 hours Updated 29 Nov 2014 Register by 02 Apr 2015
This introductory course will develop your confidence in using mathematics as a tool in science.