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Free Online Course on Discovering Science by University of Leeds

The University of Leeds is offering a free online course on Discovering Science: Science Writing. This course is part of the Discovering Science program from the University of Leeds.

In this course, you’ll will discover how to structure your narrative, and how to convey your message for different written formats. The course will start on January 28, 2019.



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Course At Glance

Length: 2 weeks
Effort: 5 hours/week
Subject: Science
Institution: and Future learn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course starts on January 28, 2019

Providers’ Details

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a center of excellence for teaching.

About This Course

By recording experiments and publishing the results of studies and discoveries, scientists can share their important work, and find an engaged audience. While keeping records can be easy, writing accessibly about the findings for scientific publications can be difficult, especially for those new to the field.

Science writing takes many forms: from a project report or paper in an academic journal, to an article in a scientific magazine. In this two week course, you’ll learn about these different types of science writing, and look at the factors which you need to consider before you write a story.

You’ll discover how to structure your narrative, and how to convey your message for different written formats. As gathering accurate information and relevant opinions is crucial for writing any kind of science news, this course will also provide you with useful techniques on how to conduct a successful interview.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

Choose how you would like to learn

  • If you have a general interest in this topic, you can work through the activities in around four hours each week. You will have the opportunity to check your understanding and spend some time joining the discussions.
  • If you would like to know more about the topic, you can spend up to an extra one hour a week reading the additional materials provided in the ‘Downloads’ and ‘See also’ sections within some course steps. By doing this, you will have the required knowledge to attempt the end of course test.


No previous knowledge or experience is required, just an interest in science writing.


Paul Taylor

He is from Holmfirth in West Yorkshire. He is a Professor at the University of Leeds where he is Director of Student Education and research cancer & evolution.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, the applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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