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

  • HASS -  every Tuesday 1:30pm – 4:30pm, starting 16 August continuing to 4 October 2022
  • STEM – every Wednesday 1:30pm – 4:30pm, starting 17 August continuing to 5 October 2022

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 write academic text 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 making structure and language (grammar/vocabulary) choices that improve clarity and readability in your academic publications and candidature documents. Note, the focus of the course is on writing academic language and not technical content!

The courses make use of authentic academic texts for reading and analysis. Students will work in multidisciplinary groups to analyse sample texts and explore the structure and language choices of published researchers. Students are encouraged to bring their own work for self, peer, and teacher feedback. 

The courses will run for 8 weeks on ZOOM or Face-to-face (Graduate School will determined the delivery mode based on popular choice) and comprises one 3-hour lesson each week. Please do not sign up unless you can commit to attending the classes in full. 

Sample workshop topics may include:

  • Writing the Introduction and the Literature Review sections
  • Writing the Methods section
  • Writing the Findings and the Discussion sections
  • Prose: choosing language for flow and cohesion
  • Prose: choosing language accuracy, brevity, clarity, and style

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.

Closing date for applications is 24 July at 23.59pm. We will inform you of the outcome by latest 8 August 2022.

Download application form

Once you have completed the form, convert it to PDF. Save the file name in the format "YourLastName_Student Number" (e.g., Smith_41234567) and submit via the Student Hub.

May be eligible for CDS.

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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