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Welcome to The Faculty of Science at The Open University

Home to the Departments of: Environment, Earth and Ecosystems, Life, Health and Chemical Sciences and Physical Sciences

Information about the Faculty, our teaching, our cutting edge research, our staff and our outreach activities may be found by browsing through the tabs above.

New OU/ BBC Series

Catching History's Criminals: The Forensic Story

In the act of murder there is a weapon, a crime scene and a body - all vital evidence in the hunt for the killer. Gabriel Weston, explores the cases that proved pivotal to the advancement of forensic science and she reveals the cutting edge technology that’s keeping the detective one step ahead of the criminal. Today from just a few cells, the face of a suspect can be constructed – a process called molecular photo fitting and we find out how a tiny sample of soil can pinpoint where a murder took place.

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International Year of Light 2015


The Open University is set to celebrate the International Year of Light 2015 with a series of initiatives during the year.

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