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Learn about the extraordinary world of everyday chemistry, and earn 10 credits from the University of Leeds

The Discovering Science program consists of five short online 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 practise 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).

When you complete all five courses in the program and obtain a Certificate of Achievement for each, you will be eligible to join a final assessment course that leads to the award of 10 credits from the University of Leeds.

Courses and assessment

To get an award you will need to upgrade all courses on this program, then qualify for a Certificate of Achievement on each course. To qualify you need to do at least 90% of each course and score an average of 70% or above on any tests.

Once you have qualified for a Certificate of Achievement on every course you will be able to take a final assessment course. Pass the final assessment course to earn 10 credits from the University of Leeds.

This program will require 10 weeks of learning, plus 3 weeks of assessment. The total cost for the courses is $370. You will also need to pay £300.00 GBP to take the assessment.

Learn from academic experts and leading researchers

The Discovering Science program has been developed by the School of Chemistry at the University of Leeds. The University of Leeds is one of the world’s top 100 universities and part of the Russell Group of leading UK universities, and Times Higher Education University of the Year for 2017.

The School of Chemistry was ranked equal 4th in the UK for research impact in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), with all work being rated as internationally excellent or leading.

In each course, Paul Taylor, Professor of Chemical Education, will introduce his academic colleagues from the School of Chemistry. Each expert will focus on a specific area of research, by introducing historical perspectives. They will then look at examples of interdisciplinary research within the University of Leeds, which that have led to significant scientific breakthroughs in the field.

Who will you learn with?

Paul Taylor

I'm from Holmfirth in Yorkshire. I'm a Professor at the University of Leeds. I'm Director of Student Education for Chemistry and research on cancer & evolution

Martin McPhillie

I'm a research scientist/Teaching Fellow within the School of Chemistry at the University of Leeds, interested in the structure-based design of novel medicines for infectious diseases.

Gain evidence of your continuing professional development

The courses within this program are seeking certification from the CPD Certification Service which means they can be used to provide evidence of your continuing professional development.

Learning outcomes

This program is intended for anyone interested in learning more about chemistry and science writing. By the end of the program, you will be able to:

  • produce a science narrative and convey your message for different written formats;
  • explore science at the molecular level considering cancer chemotherapy and medical imaging;
  • investigate how chemistry plays a fundamental role in overcoming two of the issues that affect our everyday lives: bacterial resistance and global food security;
  • explore the development of new ‘bio-inspired’ materials and discuss how chemistry is used in the development of consumer products;
  • and reflect on climate and pollution science and investigate atmospheres of other planets in and beyond our solar system.
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