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 weekly • Short courses
  • Thu 29 Sep 2022 – Thu 01 Dec 2022
  • 10 meetings
  • 10:30am – 12:30pm
In-person day/weekend • Short courses
  • Sat 01 Oct 2022
  • 9:30am – 5:00pm
Short intensive • Short courses • Professional development
  • Mon 03 Oct 2022 – 07 Oct 2022
In-person weekly • Short courses
  • Wed 05 Oct 2022 – Wed 30 Nov 2022
  • 10 meetings
  • 7:00 – 9:00pm
In-person day/weekend • Short courses
  • Sun 09 Oct 2022
  • 9:15am – 5:15pm