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

RSS Icon

60 second adventures in microgravity

Featuring: Video Video
60 second adventures in microgravity Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
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...

Oxygen, blood and the body

Featuring: Activity Activity
Oxygen, blood and the body Creative commons image Maurizio De Angelis. Wellcome Images under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
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

Free course: The science of nutrition Copyrighted image Copyright: Getty Images
Updated 19 Jun 2015
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...

DNA Profiling

DNA Profiling Copyright free image Copyright free: Pixabay
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

Health science and light - International Year of Light Copyrighted image Copyright: Abidal | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Updated 23 Apr 2015
Free learning resources in health science, relating to light, as part of The Open University's International Year of Light celebrations.

Science Tasters

Science Tasters Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 23 Jan 2015
Is studying Science for you? Dip into some of our tasters and find out!

Science Orange Pathway

Science Orange Pathway Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 21 Jan 2015
Links to resources recommended by 'Pathways to Success in Higher Education' by The Open University in Wales. 

Science Pathway

Science Pathway Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 21 Jan 2015
So you have decided that studying the Science pathway is for you - what next?

Free OpenLearn courses.
OU course extracts and exclusive free courses

RSS Icon

Infection and immunity

Free Course Free Course Featuring: Video Video
Infection and immunity
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 09 Jun 2016
In this free course, Infection and immunity, you will be introduced to infectious diseases and to the biological agents that invade our bodies and...

Predictive medicine

Free Course Free Course Featuring: Video Video
Predictive medicine Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
In this free course, Predictive medicine, you will learn how advances in genetics could change the way in which diseases are diagnosed and managed....

Imaging in medicine

Free Course Free Course Featuring: Video Video
Imaging in medicine Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
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...

Forensic science and fingerprints

Free Course Free Course
Forensic science and fingerprints Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
This free course, Forensic science and fingerprints, covers how science can make fingerprints easier to study, how they are used in court and some...

Drug development process: combating pain

Free Course Free Course
Drug development process: combating pain
Advanced level Duration 2 hours Updated 02 Mar 2016
Drug development process: combating pain, is a free course offering a brief introduction to the process of new drug discovery; from identification...

Science promotion

Free Course Free Course
Science promotion Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 02 Mar 2016
This free course will look at how public engagement in science and technology might be achieved through science promotion. Science promotion and...

The MMR vaccine: Public health, private fears

Free Course Free Course
The MMR vaccine: Public health, private fears Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 02 Mar 2016
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...

Epidemiology: An introduction

Free Course Free Course
Epidemiology: An introduction Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 7 hours Updated 29 Feb 2016
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...

Become an OU student.
Change your life with a qualification

RSS Icon

Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

Course Course
Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Sep 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

Course Course
Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Sep 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...

Certificate in Health Sciences

Course Course
Certificate in Health Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Sep 2016
This certificate provides a broad introduction to health sciences, exploring some of the scientific and social aspects of disease and disability....

Certificate of Higher Education in Health Sciences

Course Course
Certificate of Higher Education in Health Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Sep 2016
If you’re interested in human biology, psychology and health, or you are thinking about studying a health sciences degree, this Certificate of...

BA/BSc Open degree

Course Course
BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Sep 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 in Paramedic Science

Course Course
Diploma in Paramedic Science Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Sep 2016
The Diploma in Paramedic Science is designed for paramedics who are already HPC registered but lack academic qualifications at this level, or whose...

Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Sciences

Course Course
Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Sep 2016
If you’re already employed in a healthcare setting, the Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Sciences will help you develop the essential...

Diploma of Higher Education in Paramedic Sciences

Course Course
Diploma of Higher Education in Paramedic Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Sep 2016
This DipHE course has been specially developed for staff working in a variety of paramedic support settings, such as emergency response units. It...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

Course Course
Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Sep 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Foundation Degree in Paramedic Sciences

Course Course
Foundation Degree in Paramedic Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Sep 2016
This foundation degree has been specially developed for staff working in a variety of paramedic support settings, such as emergency response units....