This course has been designed to suit the needs of PhD students conducting research in the social sciences. The overarching aim is to improve the participants’ academic writing skills in English in order to facilitate publication output in international peer-reviewed journals. The course is tailor-made and takes into consideration the different professional needs of researchers, their heterogeneous linguistic and academic backgrounds, and variation in English proficiency levels. The main focus is on the writing and publication of the peer-reviewed research article.

Our teaching methodology is informed by recent research on English for academic purposes. Our courses are based on the thorough needs analyses of target groups and their professional discourses. The course instructors adapt their teaching methods and materials to the needs of individual course participants based on the information about target publication outlets. The course draws on the analysis of research articles published in the specified target journals and guides the participants in the writing process of their own article for publication. The final evaluation is based on the assessment of the article draft, completion of all preparation tasks, and participation in the seminars.

Course literature: Swales, J. & Feak, M. (2004), Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Tasks and Skills (Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press). 3rd Edition. Please note that it is important to get the 3rd edition

Coordinator: Dr Beyza Björkman Nylén

Administration: Student Affairs Office

The course is usually offered in the spring term and only if there are sufficient number of participants.

Information for spring term 2020:

  • In order to sign up, please email our Student Affairs Office ( with the below information.
    • Your name
    • Personal identity number ("Personnummer")
    • Email adress
    • Name of home department
  • Fee: the course fee from 2020 is 10,000 SEK / student and should be paid by the home department.
  • Schedule