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Earth Sciences

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Discover the fascinating world of geology and learn about the Earth by studying with us.

How we teach Earth sciences

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Our long established, quality distance-learning methods use innovative technologies to provide a modern, blended learning experience. We’re designing our new Science modules with on-screen delivery in mind, taking advantage of year-on-year developments in new technologies to make students studies with us even more engaging and flexible - on computer, mobile and tablet devices.

Students will be immersed in interactive activities, using a mix of high quality text, graphics, audios and videos to support their learning.

Meet some of our Academics

 Nigel Harris is a Professor of Tectonics. In the video he describes his research into 'mountain building', how this impacts climate, and how it informs our earth science teaching.

Professor Simon Kelley explains how and why we age rocks and how this helps our understanding of Meteorites, Volcanoes the even the Moon. He also explains how the OU’s Virtual Microscope is used in our teaching

Teaching underpinned by research

The Open University doesn’t just teach: it’s a global leader in research and innovation too, with OU research and development ranking in the top third of UK universities. The Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics has a long and distinguished record of conducting high quality, internationally leading research. These researchers contribute to our state of the art curriculum material ensuring our teaching is up to date, informed by scientific research.

You can get a flavour of our published research in Earth sciences through our Open Research Online (ORO) website

Explore some of our Earth sciences resources

Try Earth science

Have a look at our free OpenLearn unit 'An introduction to minerals and rocks under the microscope' (8 hours of study) and 'Plate Tectonics' (15 hours of study)

Try Environmental science

Have a look at our free OpenLearn unit 'Eutrophication' (12 hours of study).

Try Planetary science

Have a look at our free OpenLearn unit 'Planetary science: Tracks 1-7' (3 hours of study).

Meet our Academics

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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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