Science and Nature courses online & in London

Spanning weekdays, evenings, and weekends, City Lit's Science and Nature programme offers a wide range of courses and lectures across the fields of astronomygeologyphysics, chemistry, botany and horticulture, and ecology, conservation, and climate change.

Our science and nature courses will help you understand how our planet, its ecosystems, and humanity, has evolved up to the present day and the challenges we now face, whether looking at the plant kingdom, the animal kingdom, or our own societies. Our courses, including lectures, day courses, and longer-term study over several weeks, aim to inform you of the issues that interest you.

Our courses are taught by experts in their fields.

All our courses are intellectually rigorous and stimulating. Our tutors come from a range of backgrounds, our tutors include academic experts, experienced educators, archaeologists, conservationists, horticultural experts, and renowned guides.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you.

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  1. Exploring Regent’s Park’s Trees
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Letta Jones
    Do you want to get to know some of the fabulous trees in Regent’s Park? These 3 guided Tree Walks in Regent’s Park are ideal for the tree enthusiast with an introduction to this absorbing activity.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £64.00
  2. Astrophysics: an introduction
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 23 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Radmila Topalovic
    A short introduction to the science of astrophysics which explores the physics of stars, galaxies, planets and black holes, as well as theoretical topics such as solar system formation. The course is taught by Radmila Topalovic, who holds a degree in Physics with Astrophysics and a PhD in Astrochemistry.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  3. The Search for Life Beyond Earth
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 7 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Radmila Topalovic
    The origins of life continue to elude us here on Earth but maybe we can gain insights into the rarity of life by looking at our planetary neighbours, their moons and the vast population of exoplanets throughout our galaxy, the Milky Way.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £32.00
  4. Searching for the ultimate particle
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gary Retallick
    This course explores how the concept of the ultimate particle has shaped physics since 400 BCE: the idea of what we now call atoms is nearly 2,400 years old!
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  5. A taste of physics
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 13 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Radmila Topalovic
    Get a taste of the fundamental aspects of physics such as the nature of light, matter and energy and the physical laws governing the world around us and our universe.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  6. The Changing Seasons: What to Look for in Autumn
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Chantal Woodun
    Join us to explore the different species of plant and animal life that we can see during the transition from summer to autumn and learn how we can support nature at this time of year.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £77.00
  7. Cosmology: From the Big Bang to Now and Beyond
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 25 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Roger O'Brien
    Do you want to know about the origin and future of the universe? Will the universe expand forever? Discuss the evidence. Examine some current theories. Repeat the most important cosmological observation ever made!
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £84.00
  8. Climate change: a brief introduction
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gary Retallick
    We hear and read about climate change every day. Yet it is hard to keep up and get the big picture. Join us to slow down and get a sense of how the problem of climate change has emerged, what is being done about it and what more needs doing.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £32.00
  9. Science Friday Lates with Radmila Topalovic: Navigating the Night Sky: Autumn/Winter
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 4 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Radmila Topalovic
    We will take a tour of the seasonal night sky, going beyond the veil of light pollution to explore the cosmic sights that we can all find from home. You will learn how to plan your stargazing session from maps to apps and find the things that most people miss.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  10. Physics: from particles to the universe and beyond
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 9 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Radmila Topalovic
    Explore fundamental aspects of physics such as the nature of light, matter and energy and the physical laws governing our universe. Learn about the revolutionary discoveries of the world around us.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
  11. Looking at winter trees
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Letta Jones
    Join Letta Jones for two tree identification walks in Regent’s Park. These walks will take place on Saturday morning. We will explore common trees, focussing on bark, twigs, leaves, outline, seeds and fruits, with the aim of giving you the confidence to get to know what to look for when identifying trees.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £64.00
  12. Physics unravelled: navigating the maze of string theory
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gary Retallick
    With its promise of answering questions about black holes, gravity and dark matter/energy, string theory has captivated many physicists for the past 50 years. In this course, we will look at string theory in a non-technical way and consider what the prospects are for this remarkable theory.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  13. Get to Know Common British Species
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 23 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Join us for this introductory course to explore some of the more commonly known species of mammals, birds, reptiles, insects and plants that we find across the British isles.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £84.00
  14. Astronomy for Autumn Evenings
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Roger O'Brien
    What can you observe? Join to learn what is available and how you can choose from amongst planets stars, galaxies and so on.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £32.00
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