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University of Leeds

Discovering Science: Global Challenges

University of Leeds via FutureLearn


Find out how the Penicillin class of antibiotics has been a major breakthrough in the treatment of patients. However, with bacteria developing efficient ways of resisting antibiotic treatment, discover how scientists are treating patients with infections resulting from resistant bacteria.

The world’s population is approaching eight billion people, putting increasing strain on our ability to feed everybody. Explore the strategies currently being developed, and the role that chemistry plays in finding solutions to food security.

The course is suitable for anyone with a general interest in chemistry; no previous knowledge or experience is required.

If you are working in the field of science and would like to practice and improve your science writing skills, this course is designed to support you as a professional. By completing all aspects of the course you will have achieved 14 hours of CPD time.

If you intend to complete the Discovering Science collection of online courses, it is recommended that you complete Discovering Science: Science Writing before starting this course, however, this course can still be studied independently.


  • The fight against bacteria
    • Welcome
    • Historical perspectives
    • Science in action
    • Future perspectives
    • Revision
    • Summary
  • Feeding a growing global population
    • About Week 2
    • Historical perspectives
    • Science in action
    • Future perspectives
    • Revision
    • Summary

Taught by

Paul Taylor


4.0 rating, based on 2 Class Central reviews

4 rating at FutureLearn based on 5 ratings

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  • Anonymous
    There seemed to be very few participants on this course. There was no diect feedback from the faculty. I learned a little but overall a bit disappointed
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Overall good, if a little short and basic, but part of a set of courses, so may build on.
    Gave outline of two major scientific issues and looked at some of the concerns arising.
    Seemed to be a very small cohort.

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