These courses enable you to study a science topic online for general interest, to take your learning further or to top up your knowledge and skills.
What makes a black hole ‘black’? Why do some stars appear red and others blue? This course answers questions like these and explores the fascinating science behind the galaxies, stars and planets of our Universe.
This course provides an introduction to weather patterns and events around the world, explaining the main drivers that determine the weather on a seasonal and daily basis.
Exploring the wonder of the polar world, this short course is about the science of the frozen planet that covers over one-third of the Earth at any one time.
The theme of this course is 'plants and the living planet' and it explores the crucial role that plants play in the everyday lives of all of us.
Explore the intriguing world of bacteria, viruses, yeast and other microscopic organisms – an empire of creatures that extends into every facet of human life and the environment.
An area at the forefront of developments in medical science, this course examines the patterns of inheritance of genes, how genes function and why there are differences between individuals and between populations.
Modern research at the molecular level constantly adds to the range of drugs available to combat ill health.
This course explores oil’s vital role in the modern world, as a source of both energy and modern materials, and discusses the issues arising from our dependence on it, assessing some of the scientific developments that could lead to sustainable alternatives to oil.
In addition to teaching on Open University modules our academics are engaged in ground breaking research that benefits individuals and society.
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