Do you struggle to write that perfect sentence or that flawless paragraph? Can’t make your text flow even though you’ve revised it countless times? Wonder why your text is flat, unappealing or rambling?
This course is offered in collaboration with Wageningen Graduate Schools (WGS).
Scientific Writing is a hands-on course that teaches you to tackle these problems and to write a structured and coherent academic text through lectures, in-class exercises, class discussion and detailed instructor feedback on your texts.
PhD candidates and writers with little writing experience who are currently writing or about to start writing an article or their dissertation.
- Learn how to write a coherent article
- Develop good sentence and paragraph structure
- Identify and correct the most common and stylistic errors
- Learn to use powerful language and to write more succinctly
- Improve grammar and punctuation
- Edit your work more independently
Course duration and credits
- 6 2.5 hour sessions
- 36 hours of self-study
- 1.8 ECTS
Dates and times
Scientific Writing is given 11 times a year. Please click below for the course schedule.
Note: The summer scientific writing course (17.08.2020-21.09.2020) is a condensed version of the regular scientific writing course. The course demands a strong time commitment as participants will submit an assignment every week for 5 consecutive weeks. Participants be in the process of writing or about to start writing to follow this course.
- Michael Alley, The Craft of Scientific Writing, ISBN 9780387947662
The course materials are included in the course fee and will be distributed in the first session.
To receive a certificate, participants must meet the following 3 requirements: (1) attend the first class, (2) attend 4 of 5 of the remaining classes and (3) submit all assignments on time.
To be admitted to this course, you need to score at least 70 on the Oxford Online Placement Test (click here to make an appointment) or to have an equivalent score on one of the following international tests:
- At least 6.5 in the IELTS exam
- At least a grade A on the Cambridge First exam
- At least a grade C on the Cambridge Advanced exam
- At least 87 on the TOEFL exam (internet-based)
We will also accept a diploma from any English-taught Master’s programme at a Dutch university.
|Reduced fee*||€ 310,-|
|University fee**||€ 620,-|
|External fee||€ 720,-|
The fee includes study and training material. Coffee/tea and lunches are not included.
- PhD candidates of Wageningen University with an approved Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS, WIMEK).
Postdocs of Wageningen University who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools.
- All other PhD candidates / Wageningen University postdocs and staff.
You may cancel free of charge up to four weeks before the start of the course. After this date you will be charged the University fee. Unless:
You can find someone to replace you in the course and supply the course coordinator with the name and contact information of your replacement. In this case you will only be charged a € 50 cancellation fee.
You (PhDs and postdocs of Wageningen University) have a valid reason to cancel (illness or death in the family 1st or 2nd degree). In this case you will be charged the reduced fee and your supervisor/PI must send a mail indicating the reason for cancellation.