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Scientific Writing

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).

Course description

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. 

Target group

PhD candidates and writers with little writing experience who are currently writing or about to start writing an article or their dissertation

Course objectives

  • 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 two-hour sessions
  • 36 hours of self-study
  • 1.8 ECTS

Dates and times

Scientific Writing is given 9 times a year. Please click below for the course schedule.

Schedule of PhD courses

Course materials

  • Reader Scientific Writing
  • 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.

Certificates

Participants must attend 5 of 6 course sessions and submit all assignments on time to receive a certificate.

Admission requirements

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.

Course fee

Reduced fee € 275
University fee € 550
External fee € 760

Fee includes study and training material. Coffee/tea and lunches are not included.

Reduced fee:

  • 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.
  • PhDs of the national graduate school SENSE with an approved Training and Supervision Plan (TSP).

University fee:

  • All other PhD candidates / Wageningen University postdocs and staff.

External fee:

  • All other participants.

Cancellation condition

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.