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

In-person day/weekend • Short courses
  • Sat 01 Jun 2024
  • 9:45am – 5:00pm
Short intensive • Short courses • Professional development
  • Mon 01 Jul 2024 – 05 Jul 2024
Online - flexible • Short courses
  • Mon 09 Sep 2024 – 22 Nov 2024
Online - flexible • Short courses
  • Wed 11 Sep 2024 – 22 Nov 2024
Online - flexible • Professional development
  • Wed 18 Sep 2024 – 23 Oct 2024
  • 5 meetings