Course

Academic writing: Online PhD writing 1 and 2

The skills taught in these online courses will empower you to succeed in any university-level course or professional field. You’ll learn to conduct academic research and to express your ideas clearly in an academic format. In the advanced course, all the knowledge that you’ve gained in PhD Writing 1 or the Online Academic Writing course will culminate into an academic research paper on an issue of your choice.

Online PhD writing 1

Would you like to learn how to write an academic paper, but do not have the time to come to Maastricht? Then you should consider taking this online PhD writing course. The course consists of 8 webinars lasting 45 minutes each. You’ll focus on linguistics and structure, two important components for writing in a clear and concise manner. We’ll also analyse actual samples of your writing and focus on issues within your work.

 

Content, format, activities

The course covers the following topics:

  • Readability
  • Use of connectives
  • Verb matters
  • Reporting on previous research
  • Structure (incl. published articles)
  • Generalizing & qualifying
  • Peer-to-peer feedback
  • Common errors

Compulsory literature

You are kindly requested to submit a short written description of your own research (e.g. abstract or a 1-2 page summary) 2 weeks prior to the course commencement date. Materials will be sent via email before each session, or will be made available via the Student Portal.

‘The reason why I chose the Language Centre was because the course was an online one. Each session contained a variety of activities such as theory, examples and quizzes. It turned out to be a very stimulating and positive experience, not in the least because of the input of an enthusiastic mediator (Neill Wylie). The course is for different levels of PhD’s, novice as well as more experienced. I am confident this course helps me to further improve my academic writing skills!’

Marlies Schillings | PhD student and Teacher Bewegingswetenschappen | Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

Online Advanced Academic Writing 2

The Online Advanced Academic Writing course is the newest addition to the Language Centre’s suite of courses aimed at skilled PhD writers who have completed either PhD Writing 1 or the Online Academic Writing course.

Content, format, activities

The structure of the Online Advanced Academic Writing course is:

  • Course duration of 12 weeks
  • 6 writing samples to be graded by tutor within the 12 week period
  • 3 peer review sessions within the 12 week period via the forum
  • 2 consultations with tutor via blackboard collaborate during the 12 week period to discuss writing issues
  • Participants will communicate via the dedicated forum and exchange papers for peer review.
  • Tutor may choose to impart additional theory via a webinar based on recurring errors.

Flexibility is at the forefront and for this reason we are removing the synchronous nature of the course by allowing students to “follow” it in their own time within the 12 week period. Theory will not feature heavily in the course and students will decide when to submit papers for review and will organise with their peers when to conduct the peer review sessions. The tutor will act as the coordinator and will aid in facilitating such sessions. Students will post their peer review comments on the forum which is accessible to all participants and the tutor will take note of any language issues. Should the tutor find recurring issue, a webinar may be held to remedy them. Students will have access to two private consultations with the tutor over the course of the 12 week period to discuss any writing issues and seek more detailed feedback, if required.

Compulsory literature

You are kindly requested to submit a short written description of your own research (e.g. abstract or a 1-2 page summary) 2 weeks prior to the course commencement date. Materials will be sent via email before each session, or will be made available via the Student Portal.

Admission requirements

The course is open to those PhDs with an UM or azM contract working at one of the FHML departments, and to external PhD candidates registered at FHML with a personnel number a UM or AZM contract and UM email address.

You should:

  • have a Maastricht University email address (to be able to access the course material
  • have a good internet connection, camera, headset/ internal speakers,
  • be motivated to participate fully in the course (presence at every session and submission of homework).

You must also be able to indicate why you are unable to participate in the face-to-face courses.

Dates and times

 Please register using our online registration form. The registration form shows the actual available groups. Course code: PHD-online

Fees

Online course: € 450. PhD candidates registered at FHML, MaCSBIO, M4I or Merln may be eligible for funding. Please check with your employer whether you are eligible for such funding. If you are eligible for funding, 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.

End result and certificate

You will receive 1.5 ECTS and a certificate upon completion of the course. You must participate in at least 6 of the 8 sessions (preferably: all) to receive a certificate and ECTS points. You can login to view missed or earlier sessions as all sessions will be recorded.