Academic Writing

The course Academic Writing aims to develop and expand the skills required to write reports, articles, books and dissertations in English and teaches participants to write in language that is both effective and appropriate for academic texts.

Target group

As there is a special course for the Faculty of Science and the LUMC (Communication in Science), submission by PhD candidates of other faculties will be given preferential treatment.


The course is aimed at acquiring not only a correct usage of English language, but also to use effective and fitting English for a scientific text. The course focusses not only on grammar and use of words but also on writing strategies that are typical of English academic writing.

Working method & content

Participants are expected to have English language skills at level B2+ or higher in terms of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
An individual appointment will be made to conduct the test at the Academic Language Centre (Lipsius building, Cleveringaplaats 1, room 1.25).

In 6 sessions of 3 hours, you will forcus on:



how to structure information effectively;
how to link ideas and arguments smoothly to create a flowing text;
to take a critical view of your own work;
how to write clear and concise texts;
the conventions for stressing key constituents in English texts.

Please note: you need to make a reservation in your diary for approx. 14 hrs of homework in between course days!


Employees of Leiden University can register via Self service.

Others: by returning the completed and signed registration form to HRM Opleidingen (scanned & by email or by post).  

If the date of the course is no longer in the overview in Self Service, this means that the course if full. In that case you can register for the same course on another date. If there are no dates available in the self service schedule, please send an mail to HRM-Opleidingen. As soon as there are enough people interested in the course, we will plan a new date and will let you know accordingly.


As the entrace test is essential, late registration is only possible on condition the test can be scheduled before 2 weeks start course.

2017/1: Thursdays 6, 13, 20 April,4, 11, 18 May 2017, from 14.00 - 17.00 hours (fully booked) 

2017/2: Thursdays 14, 21, 28 September, 5, 12, 19 October 2017, from 14.00 - 17.00  hours

Venue:  Academic Language Centrum, Lipsius Building, Cleveringsplaats 1, room 1.25

Note: as soon as we have received new course dates, we will publish them.


The course amounts to 60 hrs, including attendance, preparation, homework and reading.

Costs & cancellation

PhD-candidates (Leiden University and LUMC): no charge
Costs for PhD-candidates from Erasmus, TU Delft & KNAW: €420 (by exception)

Our cancellation rules apply to all courses. Cancellation after the mentioned enrolment date before the entrance test means we have to charge a cancellation fee of €200.

Course tutor

Damir Klisanic of the Academic Language Centre

Any questions?

Experiences from participants

To give you an idea of the opinion of participants that took this course before, we have included comments of the evaluation forms from recent sessions:

Could you describe for us the essence of this course:
- yes, no matter how well one's English is, the course provides helpful tools to better understand what one is writing and how to improve it.
- information structure/flow, CARS model

Last Modified: 17-03-2017