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Academic Writing 3: Writing Your Thesis (online course)

Are you currently writing a thesis? You might have questions about how to write complex sentences. What vocabulary is appropriate to use for a thesis? How can you ensure that your style and choice of words help you come across in a professional manner? How can you edit your text effectively? This online course will help you answer these questions and optimise your writing skills.

This course is taught entirely online using the Virtual Classroom in Brightspace.

Target group

Academic Writing 3 is for students who are currently writing a thesis. If you are not yet writing such a text, we recommend that you take Academic Writing 2 instead. Please note that the deadline for handing in your thesis needs to be after the last session of this course, for it to have full effect. The maximum number of participants per group is 16.

Course level

Academic Writing 3: B2 and up

Course content


  • You will read various academic texts and analyse the content and language use.
  • You will write several texts relating to various thesis sections.

You will receive help with:

  • Writing complex sentences.
  • Using appropriate vocabulary, academic phrases and grammar for theses.
  • Developing skills regarding planning, reviewing and editing your text.


The course consists of 8 online lessons of one hour and three quarters of an hour each week. You can also expect to spend 2 to 3 hours of homework each week.

Dates and times

The course Academic Writing 3 is offered annually in January, April and at the end of September/beginning of October.

Course Day Start End Time
Academic Writing 3 Monday 28-sept 30-nov 19.30 - 20.30

Course material

Participants will have access to Brightspace, where all the required materials will be available.


To receive a Wageningen in'to Languages certificate, a minimum attendance of 80% is required.


BSc/MSc WUR Students € 60
WUR Employees € 250
Regular fee € 275

Prior to registration: placement test and writing assessment

This course requires a placement test and a writing assignment. Allocation in courses is based on the results of both tests, not just the placement test. Additionally, for Academic Writing 3, we require that you are currently writing your Master’s thesis. If you are not yet writing such a text, we recommend that you take Academic Writing 2 instead.
If you are writing your thesis, but you obtain an OOPT score below 70 or your writing assignment is not yet quite up to par for this course, we may recommend that you take Academic Writing 2 first.

Placement test

Academic Writing 3 requires an OOPT score of 70 or higher.
You can apply for the online OOPT by emailing us at into@wur.nl.
You will then receive an email containing a login code and an explanation of the test. You can take the test when it suits you. We advise you, however, to do so at your earliest opportunity. Tip: Make sure you are able to take the test without being disturbed. The test lasts a maximum of 80 minutes. It is not possible to pause the test and finish it at a later time.
The test contains a listening component. Please use good headphones or speakers to listen to the audio fragments.

Test completed? Please send an email to into@wur.nl so we can share your results with you. If you have any questions about this test, you can reach us via + 31 (0) 317 48 25 52 or into@wur.nl.

Writing assessment
You will write a short essay of 250-300 words on a topic related to your field of study. Be sure to structure your essay and use accurate and appropriate language so that your text flows from one idea to the next.

Tips for the writing assessment

Before sending in your text, read your draft and ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does your text have a clear introduction and conclusion?
  • Have you used either blocked paragraphs or indented ones?
  • Have you checked your word choice to make sure the words/phrases are familiar to an educated reader not in your field, and that they are not too informal?
  • Have you met the word count requirements (in this case, 300 words max.)?
  • Have you checked the spelling using the spelling checker?
  • Have you checked for sentences that are either too long or incomplete?

Please upload your assignment using the form on the righthand side of this page. Our teachers will grade your assignment and place you in either Academic Writing 1, 2 or 3.

Your registration cannot be confirmed without the results from the placement test and the writing assignment.