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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 how to adopt a writing strategy that will guarantee success every time for any reader.

Course content

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 submit 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. Scientific Writing for Professionals is not meant to help you edit texts. The idea is to teach you how to edit your own texts.

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

Course level



The course consists of five classes and meets every other week. Each class is 2 hours. You should expect to spend 2 to 4 hours on homework each week.

Dates and times

This course is offered in February and September each year.


If you are taking the course as part of Wageningen University & Research Language Policy, your skills will be assessed throughout the course. Assessment is based on the writing assignments you submit each session. If you sufficiently improve in the course, you will receive a Wageningen in’to Languages certificate. If you do not, you will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance, providing you have attended enough classes.


Regular fee € 535
WUR staff € 480
  • We only accept payment by debit or credit card

Course materials

Course material will be supplied by the teacher on Blackboard. For some modules, additional handouts will be given in class.

Prior to registration

New course participants are obliged to take the free Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT) to ensure that they are placed in the right course. Professional Writing in English requires an OOPT score of 80. Please note: your registration cannot be confirmed without a placement test result.

Arrange an OOPT appointment through our online calendar. If you cannot attend your appointment, please call us at +31 (0)317 48 25 52 or mail us at You cannot cancel your appointment online.

We will also ask you to fill out a questionnaire after registration to indicate your learning objectives and to submit a text. This piece should reflect the type of writing you want to work on during the course. It should be unedited, written without co-authors, and at least 500 words.