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Academic Writing for PhDs

Do you want to develop and expand the skills required for writing reports, articles, books and dissertations in English? The course Academic Writing teaches participants to write in a way that is effective and appropriate for academic texts.

Target group
PhD candidate
Randy Bax  (Foreign Language Teacher) Mariëlle Matthee  (Guest) Damir Klisanic  (Foreign Language Teacher)
Training course

For whom

PhD candidates of Leiden University and LUMC.

Because the PhD candidates of the Faculty of Science and LUMC can enroll in the course 'Communication in Science', the PhD candidates of the other faculties will have priority in the enrollment of this course.


You will focus on the following topics:

  • How to structure information effectively.
  • How to link ideas and arguments smoothly to create a flowing text.
  • To take a critical view of your own work.
  • How to write clear and concise texts.
  • The conventions for stressing key constituents in English texts.

What you'll learn

You will not only learn to acquire a correct usage of English language, but also to use effective and fitting English for a scientific text. The course not only focuses on grammar and use of words but also on writing strategies that are typical of English academic writing.


Participants are expected to have English language skills at level B2+ or higher in terms of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. An individual appointment will be made to conduct the test at the Academic Language Centre (Lipsius building, Cleveringaplaats 1).


This course will take place over several sessions of 3 hours. You will be given about 14 hours of homework in between course days.

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