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  • Tomorrow's World Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Tomorrow's World

    The BBC, in partnership with The Open University, has brought back Tomorrow's World to discover how our...

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    3 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    14 Jun 2017

  • Tomorrow's World

    Tomorrow's World Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 14 Jun 2017
    The BBC, in partnership with The Open University, has brought back Tomorrow's World to discover how our lives are changing with advancements in...
  • Are we about to be at the mercy of superslugs? Creative commons image Icon Christine Majul under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Are we about to be at the mercy of superslugs?

    By Leslie Noble

    Is it a bird? Is it... a homeless snail? Or some sort of slug with superpowers? Leslie Noble goes behind the headline...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    20 Apr 2017

  • Are we about to be at the mercy of superslugs?

    Are we about to be at the mercy of superslugs? Creative commons image Icon Christine Majul under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Apr 2017
    Is it a bird? Is it... a homeless snail? Or some sort of slug with superpowers? Leslie Noble goes behind the headline panics.
  • British Science Week Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: British Science Week

    British Science Week

    Celebrate all things science with British Science Week 10th-19th March 2017!

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    1 hour 30 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    13 Mar 2017

  • British Science Week

    British Science Week Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: British Science Week
    Introductory level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 13 Mar 2017
    Celebrate all things science with British Science Week 10th-19th March 2017!
  • Quiz: Can you identify food under an electron microscope? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Science Photo

    Quiz: Can you identify food under an electron microscope?

    By Dr Hilary MacQueen

    Can you tell blue cheese from dental plaque? Try our interactive quiz to find out and learn more about food with...

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    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    23 Feb 2017

  • Quiz: Can you identify food under an electron microscope?

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    Quiz: Can you identify food under an electron microscope? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Science Photo
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 23 Feb 2017
    Can you tell blue cheese from dental plaque? Try our interactive quiz to find out and learn more about food with fascinating facts from James Wong!
  • Dolly The Sheep: What happened next? Creative commons image Icon Brian O'Donovan under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Dolly The Sheep: What happened next?

    By Professor George Seidel

    Back at the start of the century, OpenLearn - or Open2.net as we were then known - investigated Dolly The Sheep and...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    20 Feb 2017

  • Dolly The Sheep: What happened next?

    Dolly The Sheep: What happened next? Creative commons image Icon Brian O'Donovan under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Feb 2017
    Back at the start of the century, OpenLearn - or Open2.net as we were then known - investigated Dolly The Sheep and the implications of cloning animals....
  • Does counting calories work? Creative commons image Icon Mike Mozart under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Does counting calories work?

    By Nicola Twilley, Cynthia Graber

    If you're finding your new diet frustrating because you can't make the calories add up, you're not alone. ...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    01 Feb 2017

  • Does counting calories work?

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    Does counting calories work? Creative commons image Icon Mike Mozart under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Feb 2017
    If you're finding your new diet frustrating because you can't make the calories add up, you're not alone. Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley investigate...
  • What can parasites on Arctic shrews tell us about climate change? Creative commons image Icon InSapphoWeTrust under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    What can parasites on Arctic shrews tell us about climate change?

    By Mary Bates

    As scientists try to understand how the changing climate might affect global species, one study is looking at a small...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    23 Jan 2017

  • What can parasites on Arctic shrews tell us about climate change?

    What can parasites on Arctic shrews tell us about climate change? Creative commons image Icon InSapphoWeTrust under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jan 2017
    As scientists try to understand how the changing climate might affect global species, one study is looking at a small mammal - and its smaller parasites - to...
  • Biology Week Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Royal Society of Biology

    Biology Week

    By Rachel McMullan

    Celebrate all the biosciences during the Royal Society Biology Week, running over nine days from...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    08 Oct 2016

  • Biology Week

    Biology Week Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Royal Society of Biology
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Oct 2016
    Celebrate all the biosciences during the Royal Society Biology Week, running over nine days from 8th - 16th October. 
  • Oxygen, blood and the body Creative commons image Icon Maurizio De Angelis. Wellcome Images under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    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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    Oxygen, blood and the body Creative commons image Icon 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.
  • Top tips for budding biologists Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Silverback films/BBC

    Top tips for budding biologists

    In this video discover top tips from experts in biology and get a feel for whether studying biology (and an...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    14 Jan 2016

  • Top tips for budding biologists

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    Top tips for budding biologists Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Silverback films/BBC
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Jan 2016
    In this video discover top tips from experts in biology and get a feel for whether studying biology (and an eventual career in the field) is for you.

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  • Basic science: understanding experiments

    This free course, Basic science: understanding experiments, introduces you to science-based skills through simple and exciting physics, chemistry...

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    12 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    12 Oct 2016

  • Basic science: understanding experiments

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    Basic science: understanding experiments
    Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 12 Oct 2016
    This free course, Basic science: understanding experiments, introduces you to...

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Health Sciences

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Health Sciences
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 Jun 2017
    If you’re interested in human biology, psychology and health, or you are thinking...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 Jun 2017
    Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 Jun 2017
    If you’re curious about the world we live in and enjoy delving into a wide range...

    BSc (Honours) Health Sciences

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    BSc (Honours) Health Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 26 Jun 2017
    If you’re interested in the science behind our health – from what we can do as...

    BSc (Honours) Environmental Science

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    BSc (Honours) Environmental Science Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 26 Jun 2017
    Environmental science is a vital and vibrant subject, exploring the complexities...

    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 26 Jun 2017
    We live in a society that depends on science, but how many of us really understand...

    Biological science: from genes to species

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    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 26 Jun 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    This module explores a range of advanced topics in biological science from...

    Practical science: biology and health

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    Practical science: biology and health Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 26 Jun 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    The activities in this module explore a range of topics in biology and health...

    Researching biology and health science

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    Researching biology and health science Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 26 Jun 2017 Register by 11 Jan 2018
    In this project module you will undertake individual investigations within a range...

    Signals and perception: the science of the senses

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    Signals and perception: the science of the senses Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 26 Jun 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    This sensory neuroscience module uses fundamental concepts from biology, chemistry...
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