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. The physics of time
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 17 Jun 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Radmila Topalovic
    Explore the various different conceptions of time within modern physics - from the absolute time of Newtonian mechanics to the relativistic time of Einsteinian gravity. The possibility that time is quantized, made up of discrete moments, is seen to emerge in some of the most cutting edge theories of physics, such as loop quantum gravity and string theory. Consider the emergence of time in the big bang, the direction of time, and the possibility of time travel.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  2. Climate change: a brief introduction
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 5 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Martin Jorgensen
    We hear and read about climate change every day. Combining lecture and seminar elements, this short introductory course will explore the history and basics of the climate changes most climate scientists agree are taking place (session 1) as well as engage in a discussion about how these manifest themselves in global challenges and humanity’s responses to these against the backdrop of global politics (session 2).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £25.00
  3. Exploring the quantum world
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 25 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Radmila Topalovic
    Ever wondered what quantum theory is? Are you baffled by relativity? Learn about the interpretations of quantum physics and what it means for our conception of reality.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  4. Bird identification by sight and song
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Verity Miles
    Sometimes we hear birds before we see them. Find out more about identifying birds by sound as well as sight. Refresh your knowledge of the natural history of birds and what to look for to distinguish different species by sight, song and behaviour.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
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  5. Physics: from particles to the universe and beyond
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    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.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £70.00

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