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. 

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 - flexible • Short courses
  • Wed 17 Apr 2024 – 28 Jun 2024
Online - flexible • Short courses
  • Wed 17 Apr 2024 – 28 Jun 2024
In-person weekly • Short courses
  • Mon 22 Apr 2024 – Mon 08 Jul 2024
  • 10 meetings
  • 7:00 – 9:00pm
In-person weekly • Short courses
  • Tue 23 Apr 2024 – Tue 25 Jun 2024
  • 10 meetings
  • 7:00 – 9:00pm
Online - live • Short courses • Lecture series
  • Tue 23 Apr 2024 – 28 May 2024
  • 2:00 – 3:15pm