Research Writing in English

A course to assist you with dissertation and article writing – four group sessions (every second week) that offer a supportive framework with plenty of time for practice and two 45-minute individual consultations

As a writer of a dissertation (either a monograph or a collection of articles), you need to clearly express your ideas, arguments and findings in confident academic English. During this course you will discuss such distinctive sections of PhD dissertations and research articles as Literature Review, Methods, Introduction and Conclusion. Moreover, you will practise summarizing, defining and problematizing – strategies typical of both PhD dissertations and research articles. Additionally, you will attend to your academic style by learning useful academic phrases, revisiting essential grammar issues and refining the patterns of your sentences and paragraphs.

Recommended for:
PhD candidates in the earlier stages of their dissertation writing; those who look for assistance with composing their dissertations or research articles in academic English; those who want to expand their linguistic and strategic repertoire for writing in English; those who wish to benefit from a sustained period of working on their own texts in the company of their peers 

Course details:
The course consists of four group sessions and two individual consultations scheduled over twelve weeks to give you more time for writing and rewriting. Sessions 1, 2, 4 and 5 are group seminars, which last 180 minutes (4 x 45 minutes) and concentrate on selected strategies of English academic writing. During these sessions you will perform specially designed activities, act as a peer reviewer for your colleagues and work on your own texts. At home, you will write short assignments using your own research and drafts in order to practise the introduced strategies and tips. Sessions 3 and 6 are 45-minute individual consultations, where you talk to the language consultant about your drafts and writing process.

Session 1: Summarising / Literature Review

  • PhD dissertation and research article: similarities and differences across disciplines
  • Literature Review as a synthesis and argument
  • Author- and source-prominent citation
  • Academic Word List, Academic Phrasebank, reporting verbs

Session 2: Defining / Methods

  • Domain-specific vocabulary
  • Extended definitions of key concepts
  • Defining and non-defining clauses
  • Methods: variations

Session 3: Individual consultations (arranged to fit your schedule)

Session 4: Problematizing / Introduction and Conclusion

  • Indicating a research gap
  • Establishing the importance of the research topic
  • Highlighting significant findings
  • Degrees of certainty, strength of claim

Session 5: Academic Style

  • Paragraph and sentence patterns
  • Ordering information for emphasis
  • Coherence and cohesion
  • Self-editing and proofreading

Session 6: Individual consultations (arranged to fit your schedule)

Academic Language Consultant:
Elżbieta Wójcik-Leese (Ph.D. in Cognitive Linguistics; M.A. in American Literature), Fulbright scholar, former co-editor of the international peer-reviewed journal Przekładaniec: A Journal of Translation Studies (twenty years of editing experience), contributing editor at Poetry Wales; published academic writer, literary translator and poet; accredited coach.

The course is organized by the Centre for Internationalisation and Parallel Language Use (CIP) at the University of Copenhagen (read more about the Centre at

Course dates: Wednesdays (9:15 to 12:30)
Session 1: 11 September 2019
Session 2: 25 September 2019
Session 3: Consultations scheduled individually over 7-9 October 2019
Session 4: 23 October 2019
Session 5: 6 November 2019
Session 6: Consultations scheduled individually over 18-21 November 2019

ECTS: 1.5

Course location
The Faculty of Social Sciences, Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Copenhagen K, Room: 5.1.46

Max. number of participants: 8

Registration deadline: Please register via this link no later than 19 August 2019:

The course is primarily for PhD students from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Copenhagen University. However, as there are a limited number of places, we may not be able to accommodate all registrations. Applicants will be notified via email as soon as possible after the registration deadline. If there are places available after admitting PhD students from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Copenhagen University, the places will be allocated to registered PhD students from other Faculties/Universities on a first-come, first-served basis.