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The Natural History Museum launches ‘NHM Masterclass’ science courses

The Museum’s leading scientists and experts will lead deep dives into cutting-edge research undertaken at the Museum.

Topics explored will range from the solar system's origins, the scientific principles behind the Planetary Emergency, and how biodiversity researchers are tackling the threat of the next pandemic.

As well as custodian of one of the world’s most important scientific collections comprising over 80 million specimens, the Museum’s 350 scientists represent one of the largest groups in the world studying and enabling research into the natural world. Within the NHM Masterclass programme, the Museum’s leading scientists and curators will explore and explain contemporary research themes through up-to-the-minute scientific discoveries, current Museum research and the enormous natural history collections housed within the Museum.

The fun and fascinating courses will be delivered online over six weeks, along with weekly interactive Q&As as well as an in person reception event at the Museum in the last week of the course, for students to meet their peers and the course lecturers.

Tim Littlewood, Executive Director of Science at the Museum said, “Creating advocates for the planet is at the heart of our mission. We are delighted to be unlocking the ground-breaking scientific work happening behind the scenes at the Museum for those who want to deepen their understanding of the natural world and bring the Museum’s work to life. The NHM Masterclass is suitable for anybody with burning questions about the universe and curiosity about life on earth.”

The first two NHM Masterclass courses are available to book now:

Exploring the Solar System

16 January - 24 February 2023

From describing the formation of the terrestrial planets to investigating the origin of water on our own planet, the Museum’s scientific staff peer deeply both back in time and outwards into the universe. Join them for this six-week course as they move through rocky bodies in our solar system, revealing how cutting-edge scientific techniques are demystifying comets, how Mars will be explored over the next decade, and how Museum scientists are poised to contribute to staggering scientific discoveries thanks to their involvement with upcoming missions to the Moon, the moons of our closest astronomical neighbours, and asteroids floating within our solar system.

Life Through Time: Six Moments in Evolution

16 January - 24 February 2023

Life on Earth has an intricate history of origins, adaptations, radiations and extinctions but with every new discovery our understanding of the evolution of life becomes clearer. Join a team of Museum researchers and curators as they highlight six moments in the 500-million-year evolutionary history of complex life on Earth, from the beginnings of animal life itself, through the greening of the planet, all the way to the evolution of modern mammals and their subsequent diversification even back to the water whence all life arose.

Prices start from £127 for Museum members and £149 for non members. Funds raised through the NHM Masterclass supports the Museum’s charitable work including the critical science that will solve these challenges for humanity and the natural world.

Find out more and book here



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About the Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is both a world-leading science research centre and the most-visited indoor attraction in the UK last year. With a vision of a future in which both people and the planet thrive, it is uniquely positioned to be a powerful champion for balancing humanity’s needs with those of the natural world. 

It is custodian of one of the world’s most important scientific collections comprising over 80 million specimens accessed by researchers from all over the world both in person and via over 30 billion digital data downloads to date. The Museum’s 350 scientists are finding solutions to the planetary emergency from biodiversity loss through to the sustainable extraction of natural resources. 

The Museum uses its global reach and influence to meet its mission to create advocates for the planet - to inform, inspire and empower everyone to make a difference for nature. We welcome millions of visitors through our doors each year, our website has had 17 million visits in the last year and our touring exhibitions have been seen by around 20 million people in the last 10 years.