PhD Presentation Skills (Online)

The Covid 19-related challenges and restrictions of the current era increasingly require professionals to present themselves online at digital conferences and webinars. These presentations are often recorded; this enables your talk to be repeatedly viewed, shared and accessed by an even wider audience. Your presentation, thus, becomes a lasting digital artefact. This course, developed by the Language Centre, aims to support you in developing the particular skills needed to be a competent presenter in a digital environment.

This course will also cover presentation skills that are relevant in all contexts, whether face-to-face or online. This includes issues related to preparation, creating effective visual aids, audience awareness, delivery, structure, and handling Q&A sessions. You will also have the opportunity to polish your oral communication skills and develop your ability to use language effectively to clearly convey your message. You will be required to give 3 presentations during the course. You are welcome to practice giving a presentation that you have already delivered, or are due to give in the future; however, this is not a course requirement.

This course is taught on Zoom and consists of ten recorded 90-minute sessions. Recorded presentations can be accessed by participants via UM’s Mediasite and will be used for feedback purposes throughout the course. The syllabus covers a wide range of issues that should be considered when preparing presentations in English for a multilingual, multicultural audience in a multimedia environment.


  • Course duration of 10 weeks, 90-minute weekly webinars at a fixed time,
  • Practice delivering 3 presentations for professional and lay audiences,
  • Focused feedback from the tutor and classmates.

Course requirement

You must give all required presentations and attend 8 out of 10 webinars in order to receive the course certificate.


Course duration of 10 weeks, 90-minute weekly webinars at a fixed time.

Group size

The course can accommodate 10-12 participants.

CEFR attainment levels


Recommended Literature



This course is considered to be worth 1 ECTS depending on faculty policy.


€ 550

UM PhD candidates may be eligible for funding provided by their department or faculty. Please check with your employer whether you are eligible for such funding. If so, you are required to provide the Language Centre with:

  • name of the person responsible for payment
  • your faculty
  • your department
  • personnel number (700……)
  • For PhD candidates of FHML, MaCSBIO, M4I or Merln the course fee is funded until further notice. Providing department and personnel number is sufficient. 

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.


The registration form shows the actual available groups.The course starts in principle multiple times per academic year. 


Please register using our registration form. Use status 'UM PhD candidate' if you are a PhD candidate.


“I can truly recommend the English Presentation Techniques course. Constructive criticism and practical tips for improvement allowed me to take my presentation techniques to the next level. I still use what I learned in this course today! "

Julienne Erckens | Marketing and Communications Manager | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


" During the 34th International Symposium on Forecasting in Rotterdam, I received lots of more questions and comments on my presentation than other presenters. I guess concentrating on few main points and having an effective opener allowed more people to follow. I also received constructive feedback on a poster at a conference a week ago. So, thanks for an effective presentations skills course."

Jan Lohmeyer | School of Business and Economics | Department of Quantitative Economics