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. 

> View all short courses in the natural sciences

> 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 • Lecture series
  • Mon 04 Oct 2021 – 26 Nov 2021
Weekend • Short courses
  • Sun 10 Oct 2021
  • 09.15 - 17.15
Online - live • Short courses • Professional development
  • Mon 11 Oct 2021 – 28 Nov 2021
  • 7 meetings
Online - flexible • Professional development
  • Wed 03 Nov 2021 – 08 Dec 2021
  • 5 meetings
Online - flexible • Short courses
  • Mon 10 Jan 2022 – 25 Mar 2022