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 (Starting September 2018)


An Introduction to Plant Biology 
Forensic Medicine & Science - Obtaining Evidence


Earth Science: An Introduction (Course 1) 
Forensic Science and Classic Crime Fiction
Geology of Scotland's Hills

Term 2 Courses (Starting January 2019)


The Development of Medical Botany


Marine Biology and Ecology
Geology of Scotland's Coast
Earth Science: An Introduction (Course 2)
Scotland's Volcanoes

Term 3 Courses (Starting April 2019)




We're currently re-developing our Science and Nature courses. Please keep an eye on this page for new and exciting courses from July 2019.

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.

Kirsty Adamson

  • Programmes: Science & Nature; Personal Development

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