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This one day course provides a sound grounding in the core skills needed to produce accurate and effective scientific writing.


The course will include:

  • Critique of readability in relevant papers.
  • Use of tenses in academic papers.
  • Writing with impact.
  • Concise writing.
  • Grammar and proof reading.
  • Scientific table and chart technique.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Develop understanding of the characteristics of scientific writing; write in simple, clear and concise scientific English.
  • Develop knowledge of how to write grammatically correct English.
  • Improve proof reading skills; organise the sections of a scientific paper effectively.
  • Develop a scientific argument with appropriate language that conveys the message effectively.
  • Make effective use of charts and tables. 

Previous participants have said

"It was a great resource to improve on my writing skills overall. The exercises were good and broke up the day to shift our concentration."

"I found the exercises fun and really useful as they helped to take in what we were learning."


All DPhil students and postdoctoral researchers.




John Dixon


7th May 2024 | 09.00 - 17.00


Booking for this course will open at the beginning of Trinity term.


When registering for this course, please check our Terms and Conditions.



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