Academic writing courses

Registering for an academic writing course

If you've taken Doctoral Academic Communication Requirement Assessment 1, you'll receive an email from the CfAE with the registration link for the course(s) you're eligible for. 

If you've received an email confirming exemption from the Requirement, that email will also contain the registration links for recommended courses.

If you're a national of a majority English speaking country and therefore automatically exempt but would like to take an academic writing course, please contact english@ic.ac.uk.

Courses linked to the ESA

Before the Early Stage Assessment (ESA)

Preparation for Academic WritingAcademic Writing 1 and Academic Writing 2 provide the foundation for writing the ESA report.

Academic Writing 1&2 is a fast-track, condensed course for high-level writers to develop their academic communication before the ESA. 

 
After the Early Stage Assessment (ESA)

Improving Academic Writing is for students who need a review of the information in the previous writing courses and further practice.

Other writing courses

Advanced Academic Writing is for those with a high level of proficiency, and focuses on accurate and coherent communication at research level. This course is good preparation for Writing a Research Paper, and is also suitable if your current focus is on improving your writing in general.

Writing a Research Paper is for those who have a high level of proficiency and are writing a research paper for publication. 

Global Postgraduate Retreat: Thesis Writing provides a focused opportunity to make major advances in writing the thesis in a supported, structured environment.

For 1st-year students scoring level 1 or 2 on DACR A1

Preparation for Academic Writing

This 8-week course (2 hours a week) is designed for first-year doctoral students scoring level 1 on DACR A1 or those that have low writing scores, and reviews and consolidates the basic and important grammar and sentence structures needed for science communication. This course precedes Academic Writing 1 and Academic Writing 2. Students on this course are also strongly recommended to attend the Communicating Science Successfully sessions.

For new doctoral students, you will only be able to register after receiving your DACR A1 result. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, so once a slot is already full, you will need to register for a different day/timeslot.

2019-20 Course dates
DayDatesTimeCourse
 TBC  TBC  TBC   Preparation for Academic Writing
Preparation for Academic Writing

Academic Writing 1

This 8-week course (2 hours a week) is for first-year doctoral students scoring level 2 on DACR A1. The course focuses on some of the main features of formal scientific writing at doctoral level, including academic style, vocabulary, and text organisation. Writing tasks include work on paragraph organisation, writing definitions and structuring introductions.

For new doctoral students, you will only be able to register after receiving your DACR A1 result. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, so once a slot is already full, you will need to register for a different day/timeslot.

2019-20 Course dates
DayDatesTimeCourse
 TBC  TBC  TBC   Academic Writing 1
Preparation for Academic Writing

Academic Writing 2

This is the follow-on course for first-year doctoral students who have completed Academic Writing 1. The course develops and improves the range and accuracy of the students’ writing by focusing on key aspects of scientific writing. These include setting out research aims and background, describing and evaluating procedures, referring to the literature, as well as the key functions needed to write the ESA report.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, so once a slot is already full, you will need to register for a different day/timeslot.

2019-20 Course dates
DayDatesTimeCourse
 TBC  TBC  TBC   Academic Writing 2
Preparation for Academic Writing

 

For 1st-year students scoring level 3 on DACR A1

Academic Writing 1&2 (Condensed)

This 8-week course (2 hours a week) is a fast-track course for first-year doctoral students scoring level 3 on DACR A1. It is a condensed version of Academic Writing 1 and Academic Writing 2.

For new doctoral students, you will only be able to register after receiving your DACR A1 result. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, so once a slot is already full, you will need to register for a different day/timeslot.

2019-20 Course dates
DayDatesTimeCourse
 TBC  TBC  TBC   Academic Writing 1&2 (Condensed)

For 1st-year students scoring level 4 on DACR A1 or exempted students

Advanced Academic Writing

This 8-week course (2 hours a week) is suitable for doctoral students who have a high level of proficiency and focuses on accurate and coherent communication at research level. This course is good preparation for Writing a Research Paper, and is also suitable if your current focus is on improving your writing in general.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, so once a slot is already full, you will need to register for a different day/timeslot.

2019-20 Course dates
DayDatesTimeCourse
 TBC  TBC  TBC   Advanced Academic Writing
Preparation for Academic Writing

 

Writing a Research Paper

This 8-week course (2 hours a week) is a high-level course focusing on writing a research paper for publication. It is therefore suitable for doctoral students who have a high level of proficiency and are writing (or about to write) a research paper for publication. Language and structural patterns are collected from the Abstract, Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion and Conclusion sections of relevant research papers to create effective writing models. Students usually take this course after completing Advanced Academic Writing.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. We offer most of our academic writing courses every term, so if you cannot attend the course this term or it is already full, you will be emailed once registration opens for all upcoming terms.

Please only register for this course if you are able to attend at least six of the eight classes. Attendance at the first class is essential.

2019-20 Course dates
DayDatesTimeCourse
 TBC  TBC  TBC  Writing a Research Paper
Preparation for Academic Writing

For 2nd-year students scoring level 1 or 2 on DACR A2

Improving Academic Writing

This 8-week course (2 hours a week) is designed for second-year doctoral students scoring level 1 or 2 on DACR A2. It focuses on consolidating the information in the previous writing courses and boosting the student’s progress.  The goal is to give students the tools to identify and correct for themselves repeated errors and issues in their own work. Course materials and tasks include language input for redrafting sections of the ESA report, the student’s current writing and generic tasks. The course also involves round-table supported writing to enable students to take charge of their own writing development.

2019-20 Course dates
DayDatesTimeCourse
 TBC  TBC  TBC   Improving Academic Writing

For 2nd/3rd-year students scoring level 3 on DACR A2 (or 4 on DACR A1)

Advanced Academic Writing

This 8-week course (2 hours a week) is suitable for doctoral students who have a high level of proficiency and focuses on accurate and coherent communication at research level. This course is good preparation for Writing a Research Paper, and is also suitable if your current focus is on improving your writing in general.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, so once a slot is already full, you will need to register for a different day/timeslot.

2019-20 Course dates
DayDatesTimeCourse
 TBC  TBC  TBC   Advanced Academic Writing
Preparation for Academic Writing

 

Writing a Research Paper

This 8-week course (2 hours a week) is a high-level course focusing on writing a research paper for publication. It is therefore suitable for doctoral students who have a high level of proficiency and are writing (or about to write) a research paper for publication. Language and structural patterns are collected from the Abstract, Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion and Conclusion sections of relevant research papers to create effective writing models. Students usually take this course after completing Advanced Academic Writing.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. We offer most of our academic writing courses every term, so if you cannot attend the course this term or it is already full, you will be emailed once registration opens for all upcoming terms.

Please only register for this course if you are able to attend at least six of the eight classes. Attendance at the first class is essential.

2019-20 Course dates
DayDatesTimeCourse
 TBC  TBC  TBC  Writing a Research Paper
Preparation for Academic Writing

For 3rd-year students at the thesis writing-up stage

Global Postgraduate Retreat: Thesis Writing

These writing retreats are a collaboration between the Graduate School and the Centre for Academic English. They provide a focused opportunity for attendees to make major advances in writing their thesis in a supportive environment that will enhance subsequent productivity. Over the two days, participants have the opportunity to complete a significant piece of writing, gain new perspectives on their attitude and approach to writing, and review their writing habits in order to become more effective writers.

During the retreat, there is plenty of time set aside for writing. Participants can also attend a range of short talks on specific writing issues and areas such as maintaining motivation. Graduate School and Centre for Academic English tutors are available for one-to-one support throughout the retreat. These meetings are focused on generating solutions to writing problems, assisting in developing drafts, and providing feedback on writing in-progress.

The retreats are open to doctoral research students who are aiming to submit within a year of the retreat date. If you would like to join a retreat, please register through the Graduate School.