Online courses

Our free online courses, delivered via FutureLearn, introduce a range of topics in chemistry. They offer an accessible way to prepare for degree-level study, or simply to expand your knowledge for personal or professional reasons.

Discovering Science

Discover the fascinating world of everyday chemistry with this collection of five online courses. Covering Science Writing, Medicinal Chemistry, Global Challenges, Chemical Products and Atmospheric Chemistry, this collection provides a flexible way to explore a range of chemistry topics. 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.

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Join Discovering Science: Global Challenges
Join Discovering Science: Chemical Products 
Join Discovering Science: Atmospheric Chemistry

Exploring Cancer Medicines

This course will introduce you to the principles of cancer chemotherapy, and how the development of effective medications for the treatment of cancer remains a significant challenge to scientists. It will allow you to research the use and development of cancer medicines, focussing on chemotherapy. In addition, through an exploration of how science is communicated to the general public, you will also look at the skills you need to become an effective science writer.

No previous knowledge is required, but having an interest in exploring science and science writing will be beneficial to learners.

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Atmospheric Chemistry: Planets and Life Beyond Earth

This is a taster course to one of the most fascinating topics explored in our undergraduate degrees in Chemistry at the University of Leeds. Discover the extraordinary world of atmospheric chemistry and start exploring the possibility of finding life beyond Earth with this online course.

No previous knowledge is required, but having an interest in exploring science and science writing will be beneficial to learners.

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Course Completion

You might want to consider pursuing the study of chemistry with us to degree level on completion of one of our online courses. Find out more about our range of undergraduate degrees.