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  • Is the first step in beating superbugs to defeat poverty?

    By Jason Silverstein

    A two-speed health service can only aid the spread of disease resistant 'superbugs', warns Jason Silverstein

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    01 Jun 2016

  • 60 second adventures in microgravity

    By Dr Sabrina Gaertner, Dr Ben Rozitis, Dr Helen Fraser

    What is microgravity, and how does it help science research? This series, funded by the UK Space Agency, explores how...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    08 Apr 2016

  • 60 second adventures in microgravity

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    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 conditions on...
  • Oxygen, blood and the body

    By Dr Simon Collinson

    How do living things transport and store oxygen for respiration? Dr Simon Collinson explains.

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    10 mins

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    14 Jan 2016

  • Oxygen, blood and the body

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    Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Jan 2016
    How do living things transport and store oxygen for respiration? Dr Simon Collinson explains.
  • Free course: The science of nutrition

    Do you want to gain some fantastic resources to help aid your understanding of nutrition? OpenLearn has a range of...

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    19 Jun 2015

  • Free course: The science of nutrition

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    Do you want to gain some fantastic resources to help aid your understanding of nutrition? OpenLearn has a range of courses, articles and more to give you a...
  • DNA Profiling

    By Dr Martin Bootman

    Dr Martin Bootman explains what DNA profiling is, how it works and how it can be used to catch a killer.

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    10 mins

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    15 May 2015

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    Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 May 2015
    Dr Martin Bootman explains what DNA profiling is, how it works and how it can be used to catch a killer.
  • Health science and light - International Year of Light

    By The OpenLearn team

    Free learning resources in health science, relating to light, as part of The Open University's International Year of...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    23 Apr 2015

  • Health science and light - International Year of Light

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    Free learning resources in health science, relating to light, as part of The Open University's International Year of Light celebrations.
  • Science Tasters

    Is studying Science for you? Dip into some of our tasters and find out!

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    23 Jan 2015

  • Science Tasters

    Updated 23 Jan 2015
    Is studying Science for you? Dip into some of our tasters and find out!
  • Science Orange Pathway

    Links to resources recommended by 'Pathways to Success in Higher Education' by The Open University in Wales. 

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    21 Jan 2015

  • Science Orange Pathway

    Updated 21 Jan 2015
    Links to resources recommended by 'Pathways to Success in Higher Education' by The Open University in Wales. 
  • Science Pathway

    So you have decided that studying the Science pathway is for you - what next?

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    21 Jan 2015

  • Science Pathway

    Updated 21 Jan 2015
    So you have decided that studying the Science pathway is for you - what next?

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  • Infection and immunity

    In this free course, Infection and immunity, you will be introduced to infectious diseases and to the biological agents that invade our bodies and...

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    12 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    13 Oct 2016

  • Infection and immunity

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    Infection and immunity
    Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 13 Oct 2016
    In this free course, Infection and immunity, you will be introduced to infectious...
  • Predictive medicine

    In this free course, Predictive medicine, you will learn how advances in genetics could change the way in which diseases are diagnosed and managed....

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    4 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    24 Mar 2016

  • Predictive medicine

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    Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
    In this free course, Predictive medicine, you will learn how advances in genetics...
  • Imaging in medicine

    X-rays, CT scans and MRI scans are all medical imaging techniques of great practical importance that have been encountered by a great many people...

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    15 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    24 Mar 2016

  • Imaging in medicine

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    Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
    X-rays, CT scans and MRI scans are all medical imaging techniques of great...
  • Forensic science and fingerprints

    This free course, Forensic science and fingerprints, covers how science can make fingerprints easier to study, how they are used in court and some...

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    10 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    22 Mar 2016

  • Forensic science and fingerprints

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    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
    This free course, Forensic science and fingerprints, covers how science can make...
  • Drug development process: combating pain

    Drug development process: combating pain, is a free course offering a brief introduction to the process of new drug discovery; from identification...

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    2 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    02 Mar 2016

  • Drug development process: combating pain

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    Advanced level Duration 2 hours Updated 02 Mar 2016
    Drug development process: combating pain, is a free course offering a brief...
  • Science promotion

    This free course will look at how public engagement in science and technology might be achieved through science promotion. Science promotion and...

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    12 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    02 Mar 2016

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    This free course will look at how public engagement in science and technology...
  • The MMR vaccine: Public health, private fears

    A decade ago, the possibility of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism hit the media. Fear of the vaccine spread rapidly and, despite an almost...

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    20 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    02 Mar 2016

  • The MMR vaccine: Public health, private fears

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    A decade ago, the possibility of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism hit the...
  • Epidemiology: An introduction

    Public health interventions need to be built on an evidence base and part of this evidence comes from epidemiology: the study of how and why...

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    7 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    29 Feb 2016

  • Epidemiology: An introduction

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    Intermediate level Duration 7 hours Updated 29 Feb 2016
    Public health interventions need to be built on an evidence base and part of this...

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 16 Jan 2017
    Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a...

    Certificate of Higher Education Open

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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 16 Jan 2017
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    Certificate in Health Sciences

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    Duration 600 hours Updated 16 Jan 2017
    This certificate provides a broad introduction to health sciences, exploring some...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Health Sciences

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Health Sciences
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 16 Jan 2017
    If you’re interested in human biology, psychology and health, or you are thinking...

    BA/BSc Open degree

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    Duration 3600 hours Updated 16 Jan 2017
    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

    Diploma in Paramedic Science

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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 16 Jan 2017
    The Diploma in Paramedic Science is designed for paramedics who are already HPC...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Paramedic Sciences

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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 16 Jan 2017
    This DipHE course has been specially developed for staff working in a variety of...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

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    Diploma of Higher Education Open
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 16 Jan 2017
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    Foundation Degree in Paramedic Sciences

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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 16 Jan 2017
    This foundation degree has been specially developed for staff working in a variety...