Academic presentations course (for PhD candidates and employees)

  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

This course covers the wide range of issues that need to be considered when conducting or preparing to give conference presentations in English. The course aims to increase knowledge of fundamental presentation skills and improve presentation performance through the application of those skills in practice. There are six two-hour sessions and one three-hour session, during which participants present their research at least three times. All presentations are videotaped and detailed feedback is provided. This course is open to PHD-candidates, employees and external clients.


Roughly half of the course is devoted to lecture and discussion of presentation theory. This includes the analysis of recorded presentations. The other half of the course is devoted to practice. All students are asked to present three times.


Course outcomes include:

  • An increased awareness of strategies for the effective design and delivery of presentations,
  • An increased awareness of individual strengths and weaknesses as a presenter, and
  • An increased understanding of the importance of adapting your presentation for a specific audience, and
  • An increased confidence resulting from extensive practice and feedback.


6 sessions of 2 hrs and 1 session of 3 hrs (+ time to prepare and watch video of own presentations) 

Group size

8-10 participants 


Science Vision room, Peter Debyeplein 1, Randwyck


Starts 4 to 6 times per year

CEFR attainment levels


Recommended Literature

Presentation Techniques. Manon van der Laaken & Bob van der Laaken. Uitgeverij Coutinho. ISBN 9789046903650.


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 course starts in principle 5 times per academic year: in September, October, February, April and May. 7 weekly sessions. The registration form shows the actual available groups.


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. Through constructive criticism and tips and tricks for improvement he enabled 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