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Discover how the human body works.

This course is part of the Understanding the Body programme, which will develop your knowledge of the human body and can lead to 10 credits from the University of Aberdeen.

From cells to organ systems, this course will introduce you to the basic components that make up the human body.

It’s aimed at anyone interested in what the body is made up of. No existing knowledge of biology or chemistry is required.

What will I study?

You’ll discover what molecular structures are and classify the different types within the body.

You’ll find out about the basic elements that make up cells and tissues and recognise their purpose.

You’ll understand the different organ systems within the body, and describe what they do.

You’ll gain basic physiological knowledge and learn how to influence the body’s function.

You’ll cover the following topics:

  • What are molecules?
  • Cellular components and structure.
  • What are tissues?
  • The key organs in the body.
  • Organ systems.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to…

  • Classify the different types of molecular structures used in the body.
  • Describe and identify the basic components that make up cells and tissues within the body.
  • Describe and identify the organs within the body.
  • Compare the organ systems within the body and describe their function.

How will I study?

What is the Body? is a three-week short course, delivered entirely online via FutureLearn. You can study anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

The course is delivered by academics and health researchers from our Institute of Applied Health Sciences. It features a range of online resources, including videos, articles, discussion and quizzes.

You’ll spend around four hours per week on this course.

Where will this take me?

This course is part of our Understanding the Body programme. It develops your knowledge of the human body and can lead to 10 credits at undergraduate degree level (SCQF Level 9) if you upgrade your course for a fee.

These credits can be built up towards higher qualifications.

Find out more about credits.

Further study

If you’re keen to learn more about the human body, the Institute of Applied Health Sciences offers a range of short courses, awards and postgraduate degrees in this area:

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