Discovering Science: Science Writing

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  • Last Update January 21, 2021

About Course

University of Leeds


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.

Who will you learn with?

Paul Taylor

I’m from Holmfirth in Yorkshire. I’m a Professor at the University of Leeds. I’m a Pro-Dean and research cancer & evolution https://physicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/staff/210/professor-paul-taylor


Who developed the course?

University of Leeds

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

What Will I Learn?

  • Explain what science writing is and identify different types.
  • Identify how to source examples of science writing and evaluate them.
  • Evaluate how science is communicated through the media.
  • Identify how to define an audience, angle and the top-line in science writing.
  • Demonstrate how to structure a narrative.
  • Identify the appropriate use of reporting and interviewing techniques.
  • Develop a news article, blog post or video script.
  • Reflect on the power of science blogs and videos as communication tools.

Topics for this course

13 Lessons


Welcome to Science Writing. In this course you will learn how to structure a narrative and convey a message for different written formats.
Welcome to the course ARTICLE
Introduction from Paul ARTICLE

What is science writing??

In this activity, you are introduced to science writing and the different forms it can take. You will examine sources for finding out about science.

Preparing your story?

In this activity, you examine the factors to consider when preparing to write your own science story. You will explore how to tell a story from different angles, who your audience is, and why they will be interested in your story.

Writing your story?

In this activity, you look at how to structure a narrative and the factors you need to consider as a science writer.


To close this course.

Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • 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.