Science and nature courses online & in London

Spanning weekdays, evenings, and weekends, City Lit's science and nature programme offers a wide range of online courses and lectures across the fields of astronomy, geology, physics, chemistry, evolutionary and forensic anthropology, 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.


Throughout 2021, our courses will run online to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community. This enables you to join your courses wherever you are. We will keep you updated as to when we will be back in our building in central London and on our walks across the capital. Whether online or in the classroom, we are here to welcome you.

Our courses are taught by experts in their fields.

Coming from a range of backgrounds, our tutors include academic experts, forensic anthropologists, experienced educators, archaeologists, conservationists, horticultural experts, and renowned guides. Whoever your tutor, all our courses are intellectually rigorous and stimulating.


Take a look at our programme below to find your next science or nature course. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. The physics of time
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 20 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Gary Retallick
    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 £30.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  2. Astrophysics day
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Jul 2022

    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 £30.00
  3. 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
    Rating:
    85% of 100
  4. 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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  5. 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
  6. 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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  7. 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
  8. The physics of life
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 7 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Radmila Topalovic
    Find out why physics is the science upon which everything depends. In this course we will use basic physics concepts to understand the biological processes in living organisms, including the relatively new field of quantum biology.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
    Rating:
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  9. The geology beneath British landscapes
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 14 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Charles Clarke
    Britain encompasses a fascinating variety of beautiful landscapes, from the lakes and hills of the north-west to the flatlands of East Anglia. This course gives you a practical introduction to the unique geology beneath these areas, covering main rock types and geological periods.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £38.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100

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