Course

Academic writing for Master’s and PhD Students

Would you like to know more about how to write an academic paper? Would you like to learn how to capture the correct tone and to express your ideas in a concise, nuanced manner? In our Academic Writing courses, you can learn to do that. Under the supervision of English writing instructors, you will practise writing your own text, reviewing literature and improving and editing texts. We offer a general academic writing course available to all PhD and Master's students. We also offer specialised courses for PhD students in Biomedical Sciences, Psychology and Health Sciences. Upon completion of a course, you will receive a certificate of participation provided you meet the attendance and participation requirements. 

 

 

Academic Writing for PhD and Master’s Students (PhD-1)

PhD-1 offers you a general introduction to scientific writing. It is open to PhD candidates and Master’s students from across the university. Assignments and example texts have been selected accordingly. In this course, you will write your own texts, review literature, improve texts, practise advanced grammar and you will learn to identify typical features in published articles. You will have the opportunity to submit work to your tutor and will receive feedback. You will also give feedback to fellow students and receive feedback from them on your writing. 

You should be able to submit two pages of written work each week. It is advisable either to have writing before starting the course, or at least be in a position to submit work as the course progresses. By submitting work regularly, you will discover more about your writing style and maximise your learning experience.   

After you’ve finished the course, you will know how to:

  • structure your ideas to write clear sentences and cohesive paragraphs
  • use an academic writing style characterised by precise, concise and formal language
  • report on previous research and assess its importance
  • recognise and use different techniques in academic texts such a defining, exemplifying and 

   

DATES  The registration form shows the actual available groups. (8 weekly sessions)

25 September – 13 November 2017, Monday 11.00 – 13.00

25 September – 13 November 2017, Monday 13.30 – 15.30

7 February – 4 April 2018, Wednesday 11.00 – 13.00 (no lesson in Carnival week)

7 February – 4 April 2018, Wednesday 13.30 – 15.30  (no lesson in Carnival week)

11 April – 30 May 2018, Wednesday 11.00 – 13.00

11 April – 30 May 2018, Wednesday 13.30 – 15.30   

22 May – 10 July 2018, Tuesday 11.00 – 13.00

Registration
Course code is: PhD-1
Please register using our online registration form.
Use status 'UM PhD student' if you are a PhD candidate of the UM.

Advanced Scientific Writing for PhD Students in Biomedical Sciences and Psychology Beta (PhD-2 Biomed)

In PhD-2 Biomed, you will learn how to write an empirical research article containing an Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion section (IMRAD). This course was developed for PhD students who have completed PhD-1 or who have previously published an article(s). It is ideal for people writing an article in one of the following disciplines:

  • Biomedical sciences, including laboratory research fields in cardiology, immunology, genetics
  • Hard science areas of psychology such as neuropsychology and psychopharmacology

The course specifically focuses on aspects of rhetoric and meaning. You will become more aware of differences in the structure and organisation of research papers. You will also learn how to use concise and nuanced language; you will also become better at expressing yourself and choosing the words that reflect what you wish to say. 

You should be able to submit two pages of written work each week. It is advisable either to have writing before starting the course, or at least be in a position to submit work as the course progresses. By submitting work regularly, you will discover more about your writing style and maximise your learning experience.   

Required materials

Glasman-Deal, H. (2010). Science Research Writing for Non-native speakers of English. London: Imperial College Press (available at the Randwijck Study Store) 

DATES The registration form shows the actual available groups.  (8 weekly sessions)

19 October – 7 December 2017,Thursday 11.00  - 13.00 (Biomed)

6 February – 3 April 2018, Tuesday 13.30 – 15.30 (Biomed) (no lesson in Carnival week)

11 April – 30 May 2018, Wednesday 11.00 – 13.00 (Biomed)

Registration
Course code: PhD-2
Please register using our online registration form.

Advanced Scientific Writing for PhD Students in Health Sciences and Psychology Gamma (PhD-2 Health)

In PhD-2 Health, you will learn how to write an empirical research article containing an Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion section (IMRAD). This course was developed for PhD students who have completed PhD-1 or who have previously published an article(s). It is ideal for people writing an article in one of the following disciplines:

  • Social science areas of psychology, including psychology, work psychology and social psychology
  • Health sciences, including fields such as health economics, health education, epidemiology, but also general practice and patient care

The course specifically focuses on aspects of rhetoric and meaning. You will become more aware of differences in the structure and organisation of research papers. You will also learn how to use concise and nuanced language; you will also become better at expressing yourself and choosing the words that reflect what you wish to say. 

You should be able to submit two pages of written work each week. It is advisable either to have writing before starting the course, or at least be in a position to submit work as the course progresses. By submitting work regularly, you will discover more about your writing style and maximise your learning experience.   

 

Required materials

Glasman-Deal, H. (2010). Science Research Writing for Non-native speakers of English. London: Imperial College Press (available at the Randwijck Study Store)

DATES The registration form shows the actual available groups. (8 weekly sessions)

6 February – 3 April 2018, Tuesday 11.00 – 13.00 (Health) (no lesson in Carnival week)

11 April – 30 May 2018,  Wednesday 13.30 – 15.30 (Health)

Registration
Course code: PhD-2
Please register using our online registration form

 

Certificate

At the end of the course you will receive a certificate, providing you have attended at least 6 out of the 8 sessions and submitted at least 5 of the writing assignments

Master's admission requirements

PhD-1 is available to Master’s students and PhD students at Maastricht University and from other universities. Our two PhD-2 courses are open to Maastricht University scientific PhD students and to scientific PhD students at other universities. 

Fees

  • All academic writing courses: € 495

PhD candidates registered at FHML, MaCSBIO, M41 and Merln are eligible for funding. Please check with your employer whether you are eligible for such funding. If so, you are required to provide the language centre with:

  • your department or school
  • personnel number (700……)

If you are not eligible for departmental funding, the language centre will send you an invoice directly. Please note that registration is an agreement to pay.