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  • An introduction to geology

    In this free course, An introduction to geology, you will explore basic geological processes, focusing on how, where and why different rocks and...

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    12 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    In this free course, An introduction to geology, you will explore basic geological...
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    An introduction to minerals and rocks under the microscope

    In this free course, An introduction to minerals and rocks under the microscope, you will experience the study of minerals using a polarising...

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    8 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    15 Oct 2018

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    Life in the Palaeozoic

    Fossils are a glimpse into the distant past and fascinate young and old alike. This free course, Life in the Palaeozoic, will introduce you to the...

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    12 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    18 Jul 2018

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    Fossils are a glimpse into the distant past and fascinate young and old alike....
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    Volcanic hazards

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

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    10 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    06 Dec 2017

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    This free course, Volcanic hazards, discusses the various hazards posed by...
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    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...

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    9 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    21 Sep 2017

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    The landscape of the British Isles has undergone dramatic changes during the...
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    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...

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    14 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    24 Mar 2016

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    Have you ever wondered how scientists analyse the environment? This free course,...
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    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...

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    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    22 Mar 2016

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    Rocks are made of minerals and, as minerals are natural crystals, the geological...
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    Earthquakes

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

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    8 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    22 Mar 2016

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    Earthquakes shake the ground surface, can cause buildings to collapse, disrupt...
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    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...

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    15 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    16 Mar 2016

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    Plate tectonics is an earth sciences topic that attracts a good deal of interest,...
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    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...

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    30 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    02 Mar 2016

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    Some of Britain's most dramatic scenery is to be found in the Scottish Highlands....

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    BSc (Honours) Combined STEM

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    BSc (Honours) Combined STEM
    Updated 15 Jul 2019
    STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The flexibility...

    Making your learning count

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    Making your learning count
    Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 15 Jul 2019
    This innovative and flexible OU level 1 module is a fantastic way for you to count...