University of Leeds Online Course - Discovering Science: Science Writing


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Discovering Science: Science Writing

y 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.

Intrigued? Then sign up for this short course to find out more.

Earn credit from the University of Leeds

This course is part of the Discovering Science program from the University of Leeds. If you complete all five courses in the program and buy a Certificate of Achievement for each, you will be eligible to complete an assessment that can lead to the award of 10 credits (or equivalent) from the University of Leeds.

Gain key science writing skills

This course is currently seeking CPD accreditation and can be used to provide evidence of your continuing professional development.

To build on your writing skills gained in this course, each topic course within the Discovering Science program also includes a science writing exercise.

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.

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Publish Date
December 18, 2016
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