Professional and short courses

Science Communication: Online and Media writing

This course will equip participants with the skills they need to write about science and communicate clearly with non-scientists. From identifying a story in a piece of research to shaping the material into engaging text, this course will offer a comprehensive insight into science writing. The course is suitable for those new to science writing and those who have some experience but who are looking to develop their skills. The skills taught here will be applicable to all forms of popular science writing, but there is a particular emphasis on online writing.

The course draws on the expertise of the team that delivers UWE Bristol Science Communication Unit’s postgraduate programmes.

This is a ten-week course (including two private study weeks) and will run from 20 April 2020 until 28 June 2020. You will complete assessed work as part of this course and on successful completion receive transferrable credits (ECTS).

Topics for the course

  • Introduction to science writing and guiding principles.
  • Spotting a good story.
  • Story structure.
  • Making your science writing clear and engaging.
  • Writing for different audiences.
  • Writing about statistics and risk.
  • Getting your writing noticed online.
  • Effective use of social media.
  • Writing an effective press release.
  • Tips on writing about different fields of science.

For further information about how to apply, including course fees please visit the course page or contact .


The course is aimed at those who are new to science writing and science communication in general as well as those with some experience. Participants will need to be comfortable with reading, listening and writing in English. For more information, see our frequently asked questions and tutor biographies. If you would like to register your interest in participating, or have any queries regarding this course, please email Andy Ridgway, at


The Science Communication Masterclass is an intensive, short course created to provide professional development in science communication. It draws on the expertise of the team that delivers the MSc in Science Communication.

Science Communication Building Blocks

Science Communication Building Blocks offers a unique opportunity to bring cutting-edge expertise to your staff, students and teams. Pick from a wide-selection of three hour sessions covering relevant topics for contemporary science communication and public engagement. Create your own bespoke programme, or select from a series of perfect pairings designed to fit in one day of training. 

Browse through our building blocks programme or watch our short video to find out more about the variety of sessions we offer.


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