STEM online taster courses

These online courses are ideal if you are interested in exploring STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects.

If you are thinking of studying for an undergraduate degree and you are considering your next steps, then these courses might be for you. Join an individual online course to get a taste of the subject explored or programmes of courses to expand your knowledge on a specific topic.  

Individual taster courses 

Food science and nutrition: from the farm to you

Follow the fascinating journey of food from the farm into your body and explore new food technologies and nutrition around the world. On this course, you will find out about the food supply chain and how food processing can make food healthier. You will learn how food science and nutrition help us to study the fascinating world of food. This course will give you a taste of what it is like to study for undergraduate degrees in food science and nutrition. 

Sign up for food science and nutrition: from the farm to you on FutureLearn.

Ecology and wildlife conservation

Discover how the work of conservation biologists and the study of ecosystems can help with conserving the world’s biodiversity. Explore the impact of wind farms on populations of seabirds, and investigate advanced techniques of studying different ecosystems such as coral reef. This course is a taster to undergraduate degrees in conservation biology, biology and zoology. 

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Atmospheric chemistry: planets and life beyond Earth

Investigate the chemical composition of planetary atmospheres across our solar system and beyond and explore the possibility of finding life beyond Earth. Discover what an atmosphere is, how it’s formed, and how data collected from space missions are used to determine a planet’s atmosphere. Atmospheric chemistry is one of the most exciting aspects of studying chemistry at undergraduate level. 

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Exploring cancer medicines

Explore what it is like to study for an undergraduate degree in medicinal chemistry by looking into the topic of cancer chemotherapy. Find out what cancer chemotherapy is, how it was developed and how the development of effective medications for the treatment of cancer remains a significant challenge to scientists. You will also explore how science is communicated to the general public, and learn the skills needed to become an effective science writer.

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Collections of online courses on FutureLearn 

Discovering science

This collection of five online courses investigates how chemistry plays an important role in our everyday lives, by exploring topics from advances in modern medicine and climate to household products and food.

Through case studies and discussions, explore how research is responsible for significant scientific developments. Take a look at science in action, and find out more about what the future holds for scientific discoveries.

You can access all courses within the programme for free and in any order, providing a flexible way to enhance your  knowledge. 

Learn more about the courses in the discovering science collection

Medical Technology Futures

This collection of five online courses is an introduction to the exciting future of medical technology. Major advances in technology are driving innovation in healthcare as applied to digital medicine, genomics, personalised medicine, artificial intelligence, robotics, and regenerative medicine. 

All courses focus on medical device design and engineering and provide an excellent taste of degrees in product design and medical engineering. 

You can access all courses within the collection for free and in any order, providing a flexible way to enhance your  knowledge.

Learn more about the courses in the medical technology futures collection