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Communicating your PhD research

An important part of scientific work consists of communicating research results to the international scientific community and to society at large.

Target group
PhD candidate
Maria Sherwood-Smith  (Academic English Lecturer) Christine Espin  (Professor of Learning Problems and Specialised Interventions in Education)
Training course
Maximum participants

Suzanne Andeweg

PhD candidate Forensic Family and Youth Care Studies

Suzanne Andeweg

This course gave me many new tools for making presentations and for presenting. Also, by working on the introduction of my first paper during this course, I learned valuable skills in structured writing and in how to direct the reader’s attention.


This course provides rules and guidelines for three different modes of communicating research results. Participants acquire and practise the skills involved in each of these three different modes. They are required to:

  • write and revise the introduction to a research article,
  • give an oral presentation, and
  • make and present a research poster.

Participants work on communicating their own PhD research and receive guidance on how to write and present. They receive feedback both from the instructors and from their fellow participants. The assignments will be assessed by the instructors.

On completing the course, participants will be more confident about communicating their findings in different settings and more aware of the scope and implications of their own research project. The interdisciplinary nature of the group also prompts them to reflect on their research methods and approaches, which may seem self-evident within their own field but may differ substantially from those in other disciplines.

Target group

This course is primarily intended for candidates in the second or third year of their PhD programme.


  • American Psychological Association (2019). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association: The official guide to APA style (7th ed.). Washington, DC.
  • Various articles on writing and presenting, to be announced.


Written introduction, oral presentations, poster (participation 20% and quality of written and oral assignments 80%), assessed by instructors.

Academic and Transferable Skills

The workload for the course is 4-5 hours per week (2 hours of class and 2-3 hours working on writing your own article and/or presentation). The course can be classified as either Academic or Transferable Skills.

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