Short Courses

Science & Nature

Learn with Scientists! Our courses are all introductory and yet taught by university tutors and researchers. If you thought you were bad at science, think again and try one of our unique courses in astronomy, botany, earth science, forensic science or human genetics.

Please note that from September 2017, bookings for non-credit courses will close 8 days before a course start date.


Term 1 Courses (Starting September 2017)


Earth Science: An Introduction (Course 1) 
An Introduction to Plant Biology 


The Local Universe 
Exploring the Solar System 
Geology of the Lothians 

Term 2 Courses (Starting January 2018)


Earth Science: An Introduction (Course 2)
Scotland's Volcanoes
The Development of Medical Botany


Geology of Scotland's Coast
Marine Biology and Ecology
The Distant Universe

Term 3 Courses (Starting April 2018)


Forensic Medicine & Science - Obtaining Evidence
Fossil Plants and Living Fossils


Quarks to Quasars: A Beginner's Guide to Physics
Forensic Science and Classic Crime Fiction


For all general enquiries relating to the course, such as places available or location, please contact COL by phoning +44(0)131 650 4400 or emailing

Our Course Organisers can help you with enquiries about the academic content of courses.

Martine Pierquin

  • Programmes: Creative Writing; Film, Media & Contemporary Cultures; Science & Nature

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