Skip to content

Filter pages by:

More filter options

Explore.
Watch, listen, debate & discover with our experts

RSS Icon
  • Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    Golden Globe Ocean Race 2018

    By Dr Pallavi Anand, Dr Luke Mander

    OU alumni Antoine Cousot will be circumnavigating the globe for 30,000 miles, alone. Here, our academics explore...

    Read now: Golden Globe Ocean Race 2018 about Managing projects through people

    Article

    20 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    27 Jun 2018

  • Golden Globe Ocean Race 2018

    Golden Globe Ocean Race 2018 Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 27 Jun 2018
    OU alumni Antoine Cousot will be circumnavigating the globe for 30,000 miles, alone. Here, our academics explore information, science and ideas...
  • Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences: PhD Projects 101

    Ever wondered what our research students from the school of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences do? Some of...

    Read now: Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences: PhD Projects 101 about Managing projects through people

    Article

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    30 May 2018

  • Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences: PhD Projects 101

    Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences: PhD Projects 101 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Introductory level Updated 30 May 2018
    Ever wondered what our research students from the school of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences do? Some of them work while being outdoors and some in...
  • How to read a rock

    By Stacy Phillips

    By understanding the ways in which minerals combine to form rocks like the way words link to form sentences, we can...

    Read now: How to read a rock about Managing projects through people

    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    11 May 2018

  • How to read a rock

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 May 2018
    By understanding the ways in which minerals combine to form rocks like the way words link to form sentences, we can start to unravel the secrets of the...
  • Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Stacy Phillips
    Article

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    09 May 2018

  • How to make a mountain: Investigating crustal melting in the Himalaya

    How to make a mountain: Investigating crustal melting in the Himalaya Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Stacy Phillips
    Introductory level Updated 09 May 2018
    PhD student, Stacy Phillips, explains how researching granites in Eastern Bhutan can give clues about the evolution of the Himalayan mountain belt. 
  • Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Public domain (PBD)

    How old is a mountain range?

    By Eleni Wood

    Eleni Wood explains how the science of 'geochronology' can be used to effectively analyse the history of a...

    Watch now: How old is a mountain range? about Managing projects through people

    Video

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    08 May 2018

  • How old is a mountain range?

    Featuring: Video Video
    How old is a mountain range? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Public domain (PBD)
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 May 2018
    Eleni Wood explains how the science of 'geochronology' can be used to effectively analyse the history of a mountain range.
  • Happy GeoWeek!

    GeoWeek is an initiative to promote active geo-science. Learn more about how to read rocks and discover the...

    Watch now: Happy GeoWeek! about Managing projects through people

    Video

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    02 May 2018

  • Happy GeoWeek!

    Featuring: Video Video
    Introductory level Updated 02 May 2018
    GeoWeek is an initiative to promote active geo-science. Learn more about how to read rocks and discover the different types of rocks with our handy...
  • Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/JHU-APL
    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    22 Dec 2017

  • What does clay tell us about the possibility of life on Mars?

    What does clay tell us about the possibility of life on Mars? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/JHU-APL
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Dec 2017
    Dave Rotherey explains the implications of new research into the clay surface of Mars.
  • Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: photos.com

    Why do volcanoes erupt?

    By The Rough Science webteam

    Bali is bracing itself for an eruption of the Mount Agung earthquake. What forces create these geological timebombs?

    Read now: Why do volcanoes erupt? about Managing projects through people

    Article

    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    27 Nov 2017

  • Why do volcanoes erupt?

    Why do volcanoes erupt? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: photos.com
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 27 Nov 2017
    Bali is bracing itself for an eruption of the Mount Agung earthquake. What forces create these geological timebombs?
  • Video

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    19 Oct 2017

  • What part did citizen science play in hurricane disaster relief?

    Featuring: Video Video
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Oct 2017
    The Caribbean was hit by two powerful hurricanes in quick succession - Irma and Maria. Citizen scientists were amongst those who swung into action to help,...
  • Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    04 Sep 2017

  • How does earthquake science help us track North Korea's nuclear tests?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Sep 2017
    Scientists more used to tracking natural threats can help shed light on what North Korea is up to. Neil Wilkins explains how.

    Free OpenLearn courses.
    Free extracts from OU course materials

    RSS Icon
  • Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission

    Volcanic hazards

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

    Learn: Volcanic hazards more

    Free course

    10 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    06 Dec 2017

  • Volcanic hazards

    Free Course Free Course
    Volcanic hazards Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 06 Dec 2017
    This free course, Volcanic hazards, discusses the various hazards posed by...
  • Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission

    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...

    Learn: Geological processes in the British Isles more

    Free course

    9 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    21 Sep 2017

  • Geological processes in the British Isles

    Free Course Free Course
    Geological processes in the British Isles Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 9 hours Updated 21 Sep 2017
    The landscape of the British Isles has undergone dramatic changes during the...
  • Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission

    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...

    Learn: Practising science: Reading the rocks and ecology more

    Free course

    14 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    24 Mar 2016

  • Practising science: Reading the rocks and ecology

    Free Course Free Course
    Practising science: Reading the rocks and ecology Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 14 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
    Have you ever wondered how scientists analyse the environment? This free course,...
  • Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: courtesy of Peter Sheldon

    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...

    Learn: Minerals and the crystalline state more

    Free course

    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    22 Mar 2016

  • Minerals and the crystalline state

    Free Course Free Course Featuring: Video Video
    Minerals and the crystalline state Copyrighted image Icon 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...
  • Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission

    Earthquakes

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

    Learn: Earthquakes more

    Free course

    8 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    22 Mar 2016

  • Earthquakes

    Free Course Free Course
    Earthquakes Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
    Earthquakes shake the ground surface, can cause buildings to collapse, disrupt...
  • Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission

    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...

    Learn: Plate Tectonics more

    Free course

    15 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    16 Mar 2016

  • Plate Tectonics

    Free Course Free Course Featuring: Activity Activity
    Plate Tectonics Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
    Plate tectonics is an earth sciences topic that attracts a good deal of interest,...
  • Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission

    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...

    Learn: Mountain building in Scotland more

    Free course

    30 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    02 Mar 2016

  • Mountain building in Scotland

    Free Course Free Course
    Mountain building in Scotland Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Advanced level Duration 30 hours Updated 02 Mar 2016
    Some of Britain's most dramatic scenery is to be found in the Scottish Highlands....

    Become an OU student.
    Change your life with a qualification

    RSS Icon

    BA/BSc Open degree

    Course Course
    BA/BSc Open degree
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 16 Jul 2018
    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

    Certificate of Higher Education Open

    Course Course
    Certificate of Higher Education Open
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 16 Jul 2018
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

    Course Course
    Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 16 Jul 2018
    Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

    Course Course
    Diploma of Higher Education Open
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 16 Jul 2018
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

    Course Course
    Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 16 Jul 2018
    If you’re curious about the world we live in and enjoy delving into a wide range...

    BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences

    Course Course
    BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 16 Jul 2018
    We live in a society that depends on science, but how many of us really understand...