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Professional course

Science Communication: Online and Media Writing

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Applied Sciences
The course will run entirely online, using UWEs Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
10 weeks (eight weeks of taught material and two private study weeks)
Online only

Page last updated 12 April 2018


Science Communication: online and media writing is a short online course designed to offer Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for current and future science communicators and science writers who wish to hone their skills, as well as scientists who wish to convey their research to non-specialists. 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 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's popular and practical Science Communication postgraduate programmes.

Course tutors

Andy Ridgway, Senior Lecturer in Science Communication

Dr Antony Hill, Associate Head of Department for Forensic, Analytical & Chemical Sciences

Dr Emma Weitkamp, Associate Professor in Science Communication, Co-Director of the Science Communication Unit

Ruth Larbey, Editor and Project Manager for Science for Environment Policy

For more information please read our Frequently Asked Questions.


Entry requirements

The course is aimed at future science communicators and science writers who wish to hone their skills, as well as scientists who wish to convey their research to non-specialists. Participants will need to be comfortable reading, listening and writing in English.



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.


Study time

The course is designed to focus on independent learning and self-directed activities. The course is taught over a 10 week period (eight weeks of taught material and two private study weeks).

Each weekly taught unit includes approximately 10 hours of learning activities, which you can work on at times that suit you.


Study facilities

Registered participants will have access to the UWE's Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and will also have full Library access for the duration of the course through which you can access UWE's online books, journals and other resources.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Once you are accepted onto the course, fees are paid by credit/ debit card via the UWE online store.

  • £750 Full standard fee for single online course 'Science Communication: Online and Media writing'
  • £600 Concessionary fee* for single online course 'Science Communication: Online and Media writing'

Please note: if you also wish to take the online course Science Communication: Connecting people and creating events, a discount on course fees is available.

  • £1350 Full standard fee for both
  • £1080 Concessionary course fee* for both.

*The concessionary rate of is applicable for UWE Bristol staff and alumni, students, the unemployed or those whose salary is less than £15,000 per annum. To qualify for the concessionary rate you must provide some evidence of your eligibility for the reduced rate. Please email this evidence to as soon as possible after you submit your registration form.

Cancellation policy

In the event that you are unable to participate in the course please notify as soon as possible. In the case that it is not possible to identify a replacement there will be associated fee penalties:

  • withdrawal over two weeks in advance - no penalty
  • between one and two weeks in advance - 50% of total fee
  • less than one week in advance - no reimbursement of fee.


23 April 2018 - 1 July 2018

How to apply

How to apply

Application for the 2018 course is now closed. The course will run again in 2019.

Your application will be reviewed within two weeks of submission and you will be informed via email whether you have been allocated a place on the course. At this point you will need to pay the associated fees (until the fees are paid, your registration is not confirmed).

Please note: Only registrations for a named individual will be accepted. It is not appropriate to book a generic place on behalf of an institution, and decide at a later date which member of staff will be allocated to attend. This is because, in our experience, the eligibility criteria and preferences relate to the individual, not the institution.

If you would like to be kept informed of future course opportunities, please register your interest by sending a short email mentioning the course to the address below.

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