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University of Leeds

Discovering Science

University of Leeds via FutureLearn Program


The Discovering Science program consists of five short online chemistry courses. Each course looks at how chemistry plays an important role in our everyday lives, by exploring topics such as advances in modern medicine, food, climate, and household products.

Through case studies and discussions, explore how research is responsible for significant scientific developments. Take a look at science in action, and find out more about what the future holds for scientific discoveries.

Each course includes exercises for you to complete which will allow you to practice your science writing skills for blog posts, press releases, interview questions, and video scripts.

Accessible for free on desktop, tablet or mobile, the five courses can be taken in any order. However, it is recommended that you join the Discovering Science: Science Writing course first, as this will help you make the most of the science writing activities in each of the topic courses. The science writing course will be open throughout the program so you can join it at any time.

This program provides a flexible way to enhance your understanding of chemistry principles, whilst continuing your professional development (CPD).


Courses under this program:
Course 1: Discovering Science: Medicinal Chemistry
-What role does chemistry play in healthcare and our ability to diagnose and treat patients?

Course 2: Discovering Science: Global Challenges
-Can chemistry help to feed a growing population, or overcome increasing bacterial resistance?

Course 3: Discovering Science: Chemical Products
-With chemistry providing us an endless amount of possibilities, what would you choose to develop?

Course 4: Discovering Science: Atmospheric Chemistry
-What can we learn about Earth, and other planets in and beyond our solar system, by studying their atmospheres?

Course 5: Discovering Science: Science Writing
-What science discoveries will you choose to write about?


Taught by

Paul Taylor

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