Course dates (you will nominate your preferred course on the application form)

  • STEM -  ST LUCIA every Tuesday 1:30pm – 4:30pm, starting 25 February, continuing to 14 April
  • HASS – ST LUCIA every Wednesday 1:30pm – 4:30pm, starting 26 February, continuing to 15 April

Academic writing is an important part of being a researcher. However, many are not formally trained in this skill. Two academic writing courses have been developed to assist students who are struggling to prepare academic documents as part of their candidature:  one course for STEM disciplines and another for HASS disciplines.  In each course you will receive guidance and practice in writing academic publications and candidature documents for your discipline. 

The courses make use of authentic academic texts for reading and analysis. Students are encouraged to bring their own work for feedback and review and they should also bring samples of academic articles/ research reports/mid-candidature documents in their field that can be used during this course. 

The courses will run for 8 weeks and are comprised of one 3 hour lesson each week. Classes are held at the St Lucia Campus and take place on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.

Sample workshop topics include

  • Writing Introductions & Literature Reviews
  • Writing a Mid-Candidature Document
  • Writing the Methods Section
  • Writing the Discussion Section
  • Writing in prose: accuracy, brevity, clarity, style, and flow.

This program is specifically designed for higher degree research candidates and is suitable for both native and non-native English speakers. Preference will be given to those approaching their mid-candidature review but those with at least 6 months full-time or its equivalent in their candidature (3 months full-time or equivalent for MPhil students) are welcome to apply.

Places in the courses are limited and it is unlikely that all interested students will be accommodated.  Your application will be subject to review by the Graduate School for eligibility, stage of candidature,  commitment to participation and identified need.  You must also have your principal advisor's approval to participate in the course. 

Nominate your preferred course on the application form.

​Applications for the first 2020 round close on 19 January 2020, 11.59pm.

Download application form

Once you have completed the form, convert it to pdf and email it to

May be eligible for CDSE.

About Writing skills

The ability to write well is critical to success in your research degree and a ‘top 10’ skill sought by employers. Learning the strategies for good writing will help you write efficiently.  Knowing not only what to write, but how to write it for a particular audience, will help you communicate your research effectively.

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