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University of Leeds

Discovering Science: Science Writing

University of Leeds via FutureLearn


Without science writing, science could not really exist. By recording experiments and publishing the results of studies and discoveries, scientists can share their important work, and find an engaged audience.

Science writing takes many forms: from press releases to video scripts. You’ll learn about different types of science writing, and look at the factors which you need to consider to write a story.

You’ll discover how to gather accurate information and relevant opinions as well as tips on how to conduct a successful interview.

The course is suitable for anyone with a general interest in science; 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 10 hours of CPD time.


  • Exploring the science story
    • Welcome
    • What is science writing?
    • Preparing your story
    • Writing your story
    • Summary
  • Science in the news
    • About Week 2
    • Reporting
    • Video stories
    • Your news story
    • Summary


4.5 rating, based on 28 Class Central reviews

4.7 rating at FutureLearn based on 46 ratings

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  • Michael William Baker
    I found this course invaluable to my technical writing generally. I have had articles published in learned journals but mainly of an historical nature. ( English Timber Cartel in the Napoleonic Wars) I have completed the Technical Writing Course and that also proved invaluable. I have discovered my fiction writing is poor so I shall keep at Science/ Technology writing . A most challenging course very well structured and presented, all are to be congratulated.
    Best wishes, Mike Baker.
  • Anonymous
    Thank you for sharing and guiding us in this free course with valuable content.
    I have learned a lot!!!!
  • William Twaddell completed this course.

    Coming from a strong background as a university Academic Writing teacher, I already knew some of the same shared basic information presented here. Deciding what the subject is, who is the target audience, their level of understanding are, I believe, commonly...
  • Юлия
    Благодарю за содержательный и интересный курс. Организация курса была очень удобной для усвоения. Курс был достаточно насыщен актуальной информацией. Очень понравился курс. Познавательно и полезно. Спасибо!
  • Anonymous
    I liked this course as it really opened my eyes as to how to write on a science topic which I had no idea about. I am glad that this is offered as I am looking forward to doing chemistry full time to help me along on my project.
  • Anonymous

    I'm Divyanshi Triguna from India.

    Science writing is excellent platform to grow up ourselves. This one gave me a new experience about writing because I like writing very much and I enjoyed this course.
  • Anonymous
    I really enjoy this course learn lots of new things. it boost my knowledge. i recommend everyone must take part in this course.
  • Adeline G Khaw AiGuat completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I personally feel it's an interesting and informative course for those who likes to explore writing. There are a few methods mentioned in the course materials that we can apply in our own writing . I appreciate that. However, due to my personal constraints at the moment, I haven't yet able to share my writing here at the comments section. I would try to do so when ready.. thank you very much to FutureLearn, University and Prof.. sincerely, Adeline G Khaw AiGuat.
  • Anonymous
    This course is an eye-opener for any one who aspires to be a science writer. I enjoyed studying the many techniques taught to write interesting and attention grabbing science stories. In particular, I had to use all the concepts taught in handling the two assignments given viz Hydrualic Fracking in US and Glyphosate banning in Europe. It was really challenging and I have no hesitattion to recommend the course to anyone interested in science writing.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Scientists do so many experiments and they get results . Finally, their products come to the common people's hand and the people want to understand what they made and how they did it . The explanation of science to the people from all the field is called science writing . It is the best course to understand the writing of scientific stories , news and video making . Very useful . "Understand and make them understand".
  • Anonymous
    I really liked the course, it provides an accurate overview of science writing,

    science communication, and science journalism. Short exercises are also there which are quite helpful in learning and that too free of cost. Thank you very much University of Leeds for designing such a good course in science writing, it was a wonderful experience.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Another good course in the Discovering Science series from Leeds University. It is not a requirement to be a scientist to follow the course (although it may help) but rather the course teaches communication at various levels and that is important, whatever the subject matter. The course also helps to learn about researching a topic.
  • Anonymous
    I joined this course to get a quick idea on how to write about science. I found it very crisp, concise and quite useful to get me started. The end of week and course tests were particularly useful and I found the exercises made me think and revise my learning.

    Well done Future Learn! You never disappoint!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course has opened my mind to an area I wasn't even thinking I could explore and even perform well. It was perfectly delivered within just two weeks. I already have a plan to start a science blog. Thanks to this course and the educators.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I have completed 'Science Writing' and really liked it. It was brief and to-the-point. It was designed efficiently. I felt like I learned a lot in small amount of time. It has motivated me to join other courses from 'Discovering Science'.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I really enjoyed the course. It give a solid background for scientific writing. I practiced the reading of news and scientific stories. Also, I practiced writing a blog.
    it provide alot of sources to catch during learning
  • Anonymous
    Great course on how to research and construct a science article, I would recommend this of anyone just starting, or thinking about science writing, or anyone who is just interested and wants to know more. Thanks.
  • Anonymous
    Very useful. I am a communication professional with no background on Science and the course gave me a lot of clues on how to address science topics in educational videos, articles and interviews.
  • Asmaa Ali

    Asmaa Ali completed this course.

    I completed this an effective course. I was lucky to join it as it provides me with main knowledge and good examples for scientific writing apart from the academic scientific rules.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    a very good course for beginners, covering all aspects of science writing,supporting study material is very useful,now enthusiats may write on scientific topics successfully.

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