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Scientific Writing for Professionals

Great science writing skills are vital for any researcher. We can help you to focus your writing on the essence of your project, highlight its importance, and approach it from new angles. You’ll learn what kind of a writer you are, how to write alone as well as in groups and adopt a writing strategy that will guarantee success every time for any reader.


This course aims to perfect your English academic writing skills and focuses on  the following aspects of academic writing:

  • developing your academic writing style
  • varying sentence length and complexity
  • making your text more readable and attractive
  • working on paragraph structure, argumentation and flow
  • paraphrasing and integrating sources

Since, during this course, you will be expected to hand in and edit various sections of your academic text, it is important that you are actually working on a scientific article or other longer academic text when you register. If you don’t have academic writing objectives, please have a look at our course Professional Writing in English. This course is not meant to help you edit texts. The idea is to help you learn to edit yourself.

Participants are expected to analyse and (re)write their own text as well as comment on texts written by their fellow participants (peer review). In addition, participants are expected to complete assignments from the literature and study materials through our electronic learning environment (Blackboard).

Course level



In 5 sessions of two hours each you work on achieving your learning objectives. Next to time spent in class, please reserve approximately 4 hours of self-study per session (every other week).

Dates and times*

This course is offered in February and September each year.

Startdate Day Time
12 September Tuesday 13.30 - 15.30 hrs.
26 September Tuesday 13.30 - 15.30 hrs.
10 October Tuesday 13.30 - 15.30 hrs.
31 October Tuesday 13.30 - 15.30 hrs.
14 November Tuesday 13.30 - 15.30 hrs.
28 November Tuesday 13.30 - 15.30 hrs.

*Lessons will take place every other week


If you are taking the course in the context of Wageningen University & Research Language Policy, your skills will be assessed. By handing in writing assignments each session you are putting together a language portfolio. Your teacher will assess your writing. If you sufficiently implement the teacher’s annotations on your writing, you will receive a Wageningen in’to Languages certificate. Should you not implement the teacher’s annotations or hand in your assignments, you will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance (providing you have attended enough classes).


WUR staff € 480
Regular fee € 535

Course materials

A course reader will be made available through the digital learning platform (Blackboard). We advise participants to bring a laptop.

Prior to registration

To make sure everyone is placed in the right course, new course participants are obliged to take the free Oxford Online Placement Test. This particular course requires a score of 80. Please note: registration cannot be confirmed without a placement test result. Arrange an appointment through our online calendar.

- Please note: you cannot unregister online. If you cannot come to the appointment you scheduled, please let us know via

Additionally we ask you to fill out a questionnaire after registration to indicate your learning objectives. Also, we ask you to hand in a written piece. This piece should reflect the type of writing you want to work on during the course. It should be written without co-authors, and should be un-edited. The length of the piece is irrelevant; the teacher will assess about 500 words.