Natural sciences

Explore natural phenomena with Oxford University

Short courses in Oxford and online

Our courses in the natural sciences include biology, physics, astronomy and earth science, with some overlap into the medical and environmental sciences. Courses might be hands-on or philosophical, and might address topics as diverse as climate change, particle physics, animal behaviour, the universe or the brain. 

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> Ways to study: how our short courses work

Many of our short courses can be studied for credit, which means they can count towards a recognised qualification such as our Undergraduate Certificate of Higher Education.

The video below was filmed during a past day school (Animals as Inventors) and is an example of what students can expect from our face-to-face classes. Presented by Dr Thomas Hesselberg, Director of Studies in Biological Sciences at the Department.

Upcoming courses

Online - live • Short courses • Hybrid teaching
  • Sat 05 Mar 2022
  • 09.45 - 17.00
Weekend • Short courses
  • Sun 20 Mar 2022
  • 09.15 - 17.15
Short intensive • Short courses • Professional development
  • Mon 21 Mar 2022 – 25 Mar 2022
Online - live • Short courses
  • Sat 26 Mar 2022 – 27 Mar 2022
  • 2-5pm
Online - flexible • Short courses
  • Wed 20 Apr 2022 – 01 Jul 2022