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Science:online short courses

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.

  • register and begin the course at any time
  • all-inclusive fee of £165 wherever you live
  • 80–100 hours of study over a minimum of 6 months
  • wholly online structured study materials
  • expert science learning advisers provide online support
  • no formal assessment so no University credits offered
  • online interactive course quiz to check your own learning and receive feedback
  • statement of participation can be downloaded when you have finished the course

Science: sport, the science behind medals

You'll learn about the science that is a basic part of the way that athletes move and interact with their environment, and also about scientific concepts that athletes need to understand if they are to compete at elite level.

Science: galaxies, stars and planets

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.

Science: the weather

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.

Science: the frozen planet

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.

Science: plants and people

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.

Science: microbes

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.

Science: human genetics and health issues

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.

Science: molecules, medicines and drugs

Modern research at the molecular level constantly adds to the range of drugs available to combat ill health.

Science: living without oil

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.

Science: nuclear energy

The underlying science, the technology, the biological effects of radioactivity and the costs of producing electricity are all examined in such a way as to help explain why nuclear energy seems so certain to form a part of our energy future.

 

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