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I'm a mammal, you're a mammal: but what is a mammal?

Information at a Glance

  • Evening Class
  • Tuesdays 18:00 - 20:00
  • 9 weeks: October to December
  • Fees from £105
  • Tutor: TBA
  • Location: Imperial College, South Kensington Campus
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On this course we will be taken on an illuminating and enjoyable journey centred on a seemingly simple question - what is a mammal?

As mammals ourselves, we might think we know all about our own class of animals. But this course might lead us to some surprising discoveries. We will look at how mammals are defined, how they evolved and the similarities between different mammal species as well as their crucial differences. We will discover the evolution of milk, warm bloodedness and the burgeoning mammalian brain, and examine the emergence of sophisticated teeth, exquisite ears, and an elaborate reproductive biology, plus a host of other mammalian innovations. Entwined in all of this will be tales of zoological peculiarities and personal reflections on how being a mammal has shaped the tutor’s life. 

The course offered is aimed at complete beginners, and so no previous knowledge or experience of biology, zoology or any other science subject is necessary to join this class. The class aims to be an enlightening, fun and sometimes irreverent investigation into our own animal family.

Course Information

Course Programme

Course content will be forthcoming.

Additional Reading and Credit Information

There is no compulsory reading required for this course, and there is no set course text.

No academic credits are available for this course. An attendance certificate is issued only to those who attend at least 80% of the taught sessions.

About Your Tutor

Tutor information will be forthcoming

Fees and reductions for this course

Fees for this course 2018-2019
Rate CategoryFee 
 Standard Rate  £TBA  
 Associate Rate  £TBA  
 Internal Rate  £TBA  
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The fee rates for courses starting after September 2019 will be published in the near future. 

Standard rate

Applicable to all who do not qualify for the Associate Rate or Internal Rate.

Internal rate

Applicable to all current Imperial College students and staff (including Imperial NHS Trust and Imperial Innovations), including ancillary and service staff employed on long term contracts at Imperial College employed by third party contractors.

 Associate rate

  • Students (non-Imperial College)
  • Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
  • City & Guilds College Association members
  • Members of Friends of Imperial College 
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
  • Harrods staff
  • Historic Royal Palaces staff
  • Natural History Museum staff
  • Science Museum staff
  • Victoria and Albert Museum staff
  • Royal Geographical Society staff
  • Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
  • Santander Bank staff (Imperial College Walkway branch only)
  • Austrian Cultural Forum staff
  • Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
  • Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
  • Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
  • Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
  • Local residents (SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8 postcodes only)


CLCC rate

  • Current CLCC staff
  • Current CLCC PhD students
  • Imperial College Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students
  • Students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme

 If you are applying for an additional CLCC rate you should email before completing the online enrolment form.

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started, subject entirely to agreement by the tutor delivering the course. If you are able to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on.

 Applicable terms and conditions

 Only one discount can apply to each applicant. Please read the terms and conditions before enrolling on any course.

Further Study

If you have enjoyed this course, why not look at other arts and humanities evening class courses at Imperial College. This includes courses on the history of western art from ancient Greece to the nineteenth century, Understanding Modern and Design, the history of film and cinema and Greek and Roman mythology in art. We also run practical courses in art and photography and creative writing classes, and a growing programme of science based evening classes.

Any Questions?

Questions regarding the content and teaching of this course should be sent to the the Manager for Evening Class Studies, Dr Michael Paraskos, at