Advanced Academic English: Writing Skills

Content information

Starting level: 

Advanced knowledge of English.
The Doctoral Schools will invite you to take a compulsory test in advance.
You can follow Upper-intermediate Academic English to prepare for Advanced Academic English.


The main objective of this course is to acquire a well-structured, coherent academic writing style by discussing and producing authentic text materials. Grammatical accuracy and vocabulary expansion are also addressed.


After a general introduction on academic style and vocabulary, this course focuses on the different sections in research papers (Abstracts, Literature Reviews, Introductions, Methods, Results, Discussions). We will examine authentic examples from the participants’ disciplines, which serves as a basis to introduce different writing techniques and to give tips to avoid frequently made mistakes.

In addition, the participants’ own research papers are thoroughly studied and evaluated and corrected in class, both by the teacher and by the peers. Due to lively interaction, a discussion forum is built that does not strive for rigid rules and instructions, but trains linguistic confidence in academic writing.

There are five options in different disciplines:

  • Academic English – Natural Sciences (Faculty of Sciences)
  • Academic English – Life Sciences and Medicine (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences)
  • Academic English – Arts, Humanities and Law (Faculty of Arts and Philosophy and Faculty of Law)
  • Academic English – (Bioscience) Engineering (Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Bioscience Engineering)
  • Academic English – Social and Behavioural Sciences (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences and Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences)
Placement test: 
Evaluation and testing: 

This course is situated within the framework of continuous training. After completion of the entire cycle and a final evaluation on the basis of a research paper, participants receive the continuous training certificate ”Advanced Academic English: Writing Skills”. The course may count toward doctoral schooling (3 credits).

Administrative data

Course abbreviation: 

Attention! This is not the course code. You will find the latter in the schedule near the top of this page.

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Useful info

Special information: 

This page offers information which is common to the specialized courses of Advanced Academic English: writing skills

Recommended books: 
- Swales J. & Feak C. (2000): English in today’s research world: A Writing Guide, Michigan: The University of Michigan Press
- Swales J. & Feak C. (2004): Academic Writing for Graduate Students, Second Edition: Essential Tasks and Skills, Michigan: The University of Michigan Press
Belongs to the series: 
Advanced Academic English: writing skills (continuous training)



Attention! This is not the course code. You will find the latter in the schedule near the top of this page.

Number of tuition hours: 
each sem.
Nr. of hours per week: 
1 x 2
For who?: 
-Doctoral Schools UGent


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