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Nature Masterclasses

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. 

To access the courses, you will need to register with Nature Masterclasses. Registration is free and via UCL institutional single sign on (SSO). Please see the sidebar for step-by-step instructions on how to register.

From designing your experiments to advancing your career, Nature Masterclasses offers courses that cover the whole research cycle. If you are unsure where to begin your development journey, take this short quiz to receive course recommendations.

Available Courses:

Research Methodologies and Analaysis

Experiments: From Idea to Design
Enhance your skills in developing, planning, and refining impactful experiments.

Data Analysis: Planning and Preparing

Maximise the outputs of your data and avoid time-consuming mistakes.

Data Analysis: Conducting and Troubleshooting
Develop your data skills for more effective results.

Interpreting Scientific Results
Explore the best techniques for interpreting your scientific results.

Careers Within Academia

Getting and Academic Research Position
Prepare yourself to take your next career step, into either a postdoc or faculty role.

Pillars of Open Science

Managing Research Data to Unlock its Full Potential
Explore the foundations of effective data management. 

Research Integrity: Publiication Ethics
Examine the ways you can handle ethical issues that can arise and you publish your research.

Research Funding

Finding Funding Opportunities
Explore the funding landscape to identify the best funding opportunities for you.

Persuasive Grant Writing
Discover narrative tools and how you can use them to write convincing grant applications.

Demystifying Grant Budgets (webinar recording)
For researchers in the natural sciences seeking insights into developing a budget for their grant application.

Networking and Collaboration

Networking for Researchers
Create and nurture professional relationships for mutual benefit.

Increasing you Visibility as a Researcher using Social Media (webinar recording) 
Use social media to share findings, increase academic visibility and create professinal opportunities.

Introduction to Collaboration
Gain an insight into research collaboration and its benefits.

Participating in a Collaboration
Build your skills to make a more meaningful contribution to your collaborative projects.

Leading a Collaboration
Prepare yourself for all aspects of leading on a collaborative project.

Presentation and Public Speaking

Advancing your Scientific Presentations
Communicate your results in an engaging and memorable way.

Creating Successful Research Posters
Create an engaging research poster and prepare a handout and presentation that will capture your audience.
Writing and Publishing

Effective Science Communication
Learn to communicate your findings in an engaging and impactful way.

Narrative Tools for Researchers
Examine the best ways you can share your research story persuasively with your peers.

Writing a Research Paper (2nd Edition) **New for 2024**
Learn the detailed process of writing a research paper.

Publishing a Research Paper
Learn about the publication process and the things you need to consider.

Focus on Peer Review
Explore the role of a peer reviewer and the foundations of a good peer review.

Writing and Publishing a Review Paper
Prepare yourself to write and publish a great review paper.

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