Leeds, United Kingdom

Natural Sciences: Global Challenges and Scientific Skills

online course
when 5 July 2021 - 16 July 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee GBP 975

Do you have an interest in the sciences and want to learn more about how the natural world works? Are you interested in scientific discovery and applying practical skills to solve global issues? Are you keen to see how fundamental principles of mathematics and physical science continue to affect and shape the world we live in?

This module gives an introduction to a range of sciences. It provides an understanding of the impact of interdisciplinary study in natural sciences on the world around us. Topics include atmospheric changes, chaos theory, the mathematics of voting systems and estimation. You'll explore global challenges including the use of agrochemicals and antibiotics.

The module will highlight the importance of communicating the benefits (and risks) of new technologies. You'll develop your science journalism and scientific writing skills. Students enrolled on the module will need to create a FutureLearn account.

Please note, the Leeds International Summer School runs for four weeks (5 - 30 July 2021). You can choose to study with us for two weeks or for the full four-week programme. Each module lasts two weeks so you study one module if you choose to attend for two weeks and two modules if you choose to attend for four weeks.

Course leader

Rob Sturman

Target group

Undergraduate/Bachelor students

Course aim

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- discuss examples of the historical and modern-day context of the contributions physical science has made to several distinct topics which impact on everyday life, and the principles underpinning these;
- use their mathematical and scientific skills to question and analyse phenomena around them;
- demonstrate their ability to communicate an example of the role mathematics and physical science has played in addressing a topic of general interest to a public audience in written form;
- communicate the context and scientific basis of a given problem to an audience of non specialists.

Credits info

5 EC
The module is worth 10 Leeds credits = 5 ECTS. You can transfer the credits earned back to your home degree subject to approval.

Fee info

GBP 975: The fee includes high quality tuition delivered by University of Leeds staff, dedicated time with your tutor each week, all learning materials and software needed for the programme, access to digital University library resources, support to help you get the most out of studying online, academic skills support services, a full social and cultural programme as well as wellbeing and support services.


Scholarships worth £300 for the full four week programme or £150 for a two week block. Scholarships are available for students with good academic standing to help pay your fees. You can apply as part of your application to LISS.