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Crude oil is currently our most important global source of energy. This Science - Living Without Oil course at The Open University UK explores oil’s vital role in the modern world and assesses some of the exciting scientific developments that could lead to sustainable alternatives to oil.
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Overview

The Science - Living Without Oil course at The Open University UK  is one of a series of 100-hour flexible online courses introducing fascinating topics in science. It allows you to learn about this topic just for interest and enables you to try out a new area of study before you commit yourself to further study. You can register and begin this course at any time and will have at least 6 months to complete it.

What you will study

Crude oil is currently our most important global source of energy. It is vital in the manufacture of many modern materials. But the world’s supply of oil is finite, its price is unstable and our reliance on oil has damaging environmental consequences. Can we sustainably fuel our transport needs with biofuels, electricity or hydrogen? Can we replace the plastics we derive from crude oil with ones made by microorganisms or plants?

By the end of this course you will have developed a range of study skills associated with retrieving and interpreting information and data from a variety of sources, including in the form of tables, charts and graphs, as well as from articles, audio and video material. You will also have engaged with some of the fundamental concepts needed to study chemistry.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

  • You will explore the properties of crude oil that make it so useful and then use this knowledge to examine some potential sustainable alternatives. 
  • You’ll study the development of biofuels; battery electric vehicles; hydrogen as fuel; and the production of biologically derived materials to replace plastics. 
  • Throughout the course you’ll focus on assessing the environmental impacts of these potential alternatives to oil products.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • You will meet a wide range of scientific and technological subjects in this course and will have to be prepared to understand some basic science: particularly chemistry but also some physics, biology and geology. 
  • You will probably find that you can move faster through the study materials if you have a little basic knowledge of general science, especially chemistry. 
  • Mathematically, you should be able to add, subtract, multiply and divide positive and negative numbers and understand the use of brackets in numerical calculations. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    165 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 165 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
  • EU/EEA

    165 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 165 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
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Funding

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