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 courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. A taste of physics
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022

    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
  2. A taste of chemistry
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 17 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gary Retallick
    Chemistry is fundamental to life and the world around us. Natural chemical processes sustain biological organisms, shape the world as we experience it, and have been detected on distant planets. Join this course for a taster of the basic concepts of chemistry.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £8.00 Concession £7.00
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  3. Cosmology
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022

    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 £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £85.00
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  4. Astronomy: a gentle introduction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 9 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Roger O'Brien
    A leisurely walk through back garden astronomy. Learn how to find your way around the constellations, whether to buy a telescope, how to find planets and look safely at the sun. Find out why astronomy is good for you.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
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  5. The periodic table
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gary Retallick
    The periodic table is one of the most profound testaments to the advancement of human understanding of the physical world. In this two session course we will examine the periodic table in detail, uncovering the wealth of information stored within it.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  6. Introduction to geology
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 16 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Charles Clarke
    Geology, the study of solid Earth, rocks and the processes by which they change, is a vast subject covering billions of years of history and offering insights into areas such as past climates and the history of life. Discover more about the underlying principles of this important science such as plate tectonics, how rocks are made and the evolution of life.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
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  7. Genes, genomes and genetic manipulation
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Humphreys
    Want to learn more about how genetics and DNA manipulation increasingly influence our lives? Join us to learn about the basics of DNA technology, its uses and how it affects us.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £35.00
  8. The physics of time
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 20 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Radmila Topalovic
    We'll explore the concept of time in everyday life, using the theories of special and general relativity, and also investigate its nature in the quantum world zooming out to the large scale Universe.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
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  9. Quantum physics: an introduction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 4 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Radmila Topalovic
    Learn about the failure of classical mechanics (everyday laws of physics) to explain particle behaviour and the emergence of the quantum revolution. Consider interpretations of these unusual phenomena and the use of quantum physics in current technology.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  10. Further cosmology
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Roger O'Brien
    Do you know a bit about cosmology and want to know more? There are intriguing results from the Planck Mission. Many people and some theorists want to know what happened before the big bang. Do we need multi-verses, parallel universes, branes, superstrings? What news from CERN? A chance to delve more deeply into this fascinating subject.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £50.00
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  11. Geology and London
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 5 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Charles Clarke
    Explore how the geology below greater London has shaped its landscapes, infrastructure and built environment, making it such a fascinating and visually diverse city; look at stone types and their effects on the buildings around us.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
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  12. Introduction to botany
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Letta Jones
    A practical course ideal for those who are new to ‘in the field’ botany. Observation of the range of places plants grow



    and how they are categorised into groups will be our focus.



    Explore plant names and get to know more about the diversity and range from tiny ground hugging plants to huge trees.



    Three Saturday sessions, meeting at City lit in the morning and a local botany walk in the afternoon.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  13. An introduction to ornithology with birdwatching
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brenna Boyle
    Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of birds. This short course has a broad scope: from evolution and global diversity to bird behaviour and song. Learn identification techniques in the classroom, then try out your skills during three guided fieldtrips to London locations.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £70.00
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  14. Astrophysics: an introduction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 26 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    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
  15. Chemistry from alpha carbon to zymurgy
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gary Retallick
    Chemistry is fundamental to life and the world around us, but what is its impact? Explore the basic concepts of chemistry, including the Periodic Table, the formation of chemical bonds, the division of chemistry into organic and inorgatic.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
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