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.

Courses marked as (credit) are open to everyone. As a credit student, you will matriculate as a student at the University of Edinburgh as part of the registration process for these courses. For more information, please visit the Studying for Credit pages.

Studying for Credit

Booking Deadline

Courses will close for booking 8 days before the course start date. Book early to secure your place and avoid disappointment!

Term 1 Courses (from September 2019)


Earth Science: An Introduction (Course 1)

Forensic Science and Classic Crime Fiction

The Biology of Birds: Evolution, Flight and Migration *NEW*

The Seven Hills of Edinburgh *NEW*


Forensic Medicine and Science: Obtaining Evidence

Scotland's Volcanoes

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Term 2 Courses (from January 2020)


DNA Profiling *NEW*

Earth Science: An Introduction (Course 2)

Identifying Garden Birds: Fieldtrip *NEW*

Introduction to Cell Biology *NEW*

The Biology of Birds: Communication and Reproduction *NEW*

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Geology of the Lothians

Marine Biology and Ecology

Term 3 Courses (from April 2020)


Deep Time Walk

Earth Science: Field Trips *NEW*

Marine Biology and Ecology: Field Trip *NEW*

PCR Masterclass: A Question of Taste *NEW*

Song Bird Census: Fieldtrip *NEW*

The Biology of Birds: Ecology and Conservation *NEW*


From the Mountains to the Sea: An Introduction to Geomorphology *NEW*

Introduction to Particle Physics *NEW*

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Important Information

For enquiries about the content of the courses in this subject area, please contact the Course Organiser - Kirsty Adamson -

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