Registration for Spring term 2023 is closed.

This 8-week course (approximately 3 hours per week) is the first part of a 16-week course for first-year doctoral students scoring level 2 on DACR A1.  It focuses on the main features of effective STEMM writing at doctoral level, with the aim of helping students prepare for the Early Stage Assessment (ESA) report. These include academic style, vocabulary, and text organisation. Writing tasks include work on paragraph organisation, writing definitions and structuring introductions. Once students have completed this course, they progress onto Academic Writing 2.

Please note that these 2 courses have been carefully designed to meet your needs and improve your academic writing during the first 12 months of your doctoral programme. You will not be able to take either of these courses after the DACR A2/ESA.

Students on this course are also strongly recommended to register for our Communicating Science Successfully Boxset.

Course eligibility

If you are eligible for Academic Writing 1 (i.e. if you are a 1st-year doctoral student scoring level 2 on DACR A1), you will receive the recommendation for this course with your DACR A1 result. Students scoring level 1 on DACR A1 will be able to progress onto this course after having succesfully completed Preparation for Academic Writing.

Please note that registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that you can only take 1 writing course per term. This is so that we can enable as many people as possible to join a course.

Online delivery

Course structure

  • Each week there will be a remote session, which provides the input to prepare you for the scheduled live session. The remote session is not timetabled, but you are expected to spend at least 45 minutes on the activities.  
  • The group will then meet for a 90-minute live session to check that everyone has understood the input and to apply what you've learned through a series of collaborative activities.  
  • Every week, you will also have follow-up activities (often a writing assignment), which should take about 45 minutes.  

Live session mode

We hope to be able to offer this course both online and on the South Kensington campus. However, this will be dependent on sufficient numbers for each mode type. Your teacher will discuss the mode options with you in the first live session.