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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 £170 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: 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: 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.

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