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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

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.’

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


PGR and Research Staff

NB. This course is appropriate for both native and non-native speakers of English. However, if you are a non-native speaker you will need a good general standard of English to benefit from the course.




 Dr John Dixon


Information about the next scheduled course, and how to apply for a place, are in our course programme. This course usually takes place once each term. If it isn't currently appearing in the course programme, please keep checking back. 


 A1, B3, D2

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