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Nature Masterclass

Professional development training for academics and researchers to build their skills, confidence and careers.

Nature Masterclasses provides professional development training for researchers by drawing on the expertise of Nature Research journal editors and experts. UCL has access to their high-quality online training courses and resources on demand. Researchers benefit from access to 9 courses with up to 32 hours of learning, and any newly added courses launched on the platform.

Available courses: 
Taught by expert academics and professionals, including Nature Research journal editors

•    Scientific Writing and Publishing
This 3-part course is delivered across 11 hours, split into 10-minute bitesize lessons which means you can dip in and out of modules at your convenience. The course is designed for both those who are new to publishing and those wishing to refresh their skills. Throughout the course you will develop your writing skills and confidence writing for journals, gain an understanding of the editorial process and what editors are looking for and learn best practices for submitting a paper and peer review. 

•    Narrative Tools for Researchers
This 3-module course is designed to enhance your communication to peers by exploring the use of narrative tools to tell your research story. The course helps you to understand the benefits of using narrative tools to communicate your research more effectively, and provides you with the skills to build a refined and compelling research story. 

•    Managing Research Data to Unlock its Full Potential 
This course consists of 4 modules, with 4-5 hours of learning, all split into bitesize 15-minute lessons. It is designed to develop your data management skills and helps you to understand the benefits of using research data effectively. Throughout the duration of the course you will learn how to create and maintain a data management plan, explore best practices for organising and storing your data, and  evaluate the different options for sharing research data.

•    Effective Collaboration for Research
This course has been developed for researchers looking to participate in or set up and lead collaborative projects. Taught across 3 parts, with 8 hours of learning, this course helps you to understand the benefits and challenges of collaborative research. The course teaches you key collaborative skills, how to initiate and run successful collaboration and how to maximise your projects.

•    Focus on Peer Review
This course is designed for those new to peer review or those looking to refresh their skills. Taught across 3-4 hours in 10-minute lessons, the course will help you to understand the importance and responsibilities of peer reviews. You will learn how to prepare a peer review reports and discuss ethics and innovations in peer review.

•    Networking for Researchers
This course has been developed for researchers looking to improve their networking skills. Taught across 3 parts, with 4 hours of learning, this course helps you to understand how to build stronger relationships within the research community both online and in person. The course teaches you strategies for leveraging your network in order to advance your research or career.

•     Persuasive Grant Writing
This course consists of 3 modules, with 3.5 hours of learning, all split into bitesize 15-minute lessons. It provides a deep-dive into how the application of storytelling principles can yield an advantage for you when writing grant applications. Throughout the duration of the course you will learn how to use narrative tools when writing your grant proposal to make it more informative and persuasive. 

•  Advancing your Scientific Presentations
The course is to provide you with practical skills to build a compelling slide deck and deliver a successful presentation of your findings, in person and virtually, to your peers. Throughout the course you will explore the strategies that can help to overcome challenges researchers commonly experience when creating and delivering oral presentations.

•    Data Analysis: Planning and Preparation 
This course introduces the essential elements of robust data analysis during research projects and why planning and preparing supports these. In this course you will discover how planning and preparing for data analysis will lead to effective analysis, benefitting your immediate research and ultimately your reputation and career.

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What's new?

  1. Improved navigation: the course is now delivered in three parts, making it easier to find the content you need
  2. Bitesize lessons combining activities and videos, with improved video transcripts
  3. Three certificates – receive a certificate when you complete each course-part