Scientific Writing - Amsterdam Edition

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Scientific Writing

- Amsterdam Edition -

11 and 18 Jan, 1, 8 and 22 Feb, 1 March 2018


Do you struggle to write that perfect sentence or that flawless paragraph? Can’t make your text flow even though you’ve revised it countless times? Wonder why your text is flat, unappealing or rambling? Scientific Writing is a hands-on course that teaches you to tackle these problems and to write a structured and coherent academic text through lectures, in-class exercises, class discussion and detailed instructor feedback on your texts.

This course will be offered at the University of Amsterdam, and in collaboration with Wageningen Graduate Schools (WGS).

Course objectives
  • Learn how to write a coherent article
  • Develop good sentence and paragraph structure
  • Identify and correct the most common and stylistic errors
  • Learn to use powerful language and to write more succinctly
  • Improve grammar and punctuation
  • Edit your work more independently
Dates and times
  • 11 January 10.00-12.00
  • 18 January 10.00-12.00
  • 1 February 10.00-12.00
  • 8 February 10.00-12.00
  • 22 February 10.00-12.00
  • 1 March 10.00-12.00

Note that one needs to attend at least 5 sessions and submit all assignments on time to receive a certificate.

General information
Target Group PhD candidates and writers with little writing experience who are currently writing or about to start writing an article or their dissertation
Group Size Min. 11 / Max. 14 participants
Course duration 6 sessions of 2 hours + 36 hours of self-study
Language of instruction English
Number of credits 1.8 ECTS
Lecturers Peter Griffith (Wageningen In'To Languages)
Prior knowledge To be admitted to the course, you need to fulfill one of the following requirements:
  • A diploma of any English-taught Master’s programme at a Dutch University
  • At least 6.5 on the IELTS exam
  • At least grade A on the FCE exam (Cambridge)
  • At least grade C on the CAE exam (Cambridge)
  • At least 87 on the TOEFL exam (internet-based)
  • If you do not meet any of these requirements, but still would want to follow the course, please contact Amber Heijboer ( to discuss your specific situation with her
Location Science Park 904, IBED, University of Amsterdam


Fees 1
PhD candidates € 550,- € 600,-
All others € 760,- € 810,-

1 The course fee includes all course materials. It does not include coffee/tea, lunches, and accommodation.
2 The Early-Bird Fee applies to anyone who REGISTERS ON OR BEFORE 2 NOVEMBER 2017


  • If you need an invoice to complete your payment, please send an email to, including ALL relevant details that should be mentioned on the invoice (e.g., purchase order no., specific addresses, attendees, etc.).
  • The Early-Bird policy is such that the moment of REGISTRATION (and not payment) is leading for determining the fee that applies to you.
  • Please make sure that your payment is arranged within two weeks after your registration.
  • It is the participant's responsibility to make sure that he/she (or his/her secretary) completes the payment correctly and in time.
PE&RC Cancellation Conditions

You may cancel free of charge up to four weeks before the start of the course. After this date you will be charged the University fee. Unless:

  • You can find someone to replace you in the course and supply the course coordinator with the name and contact information of your replacement. In this case you will only be charged a € 50,- cancellation fee.
  • You (PhDs and postdocs) have a valid reason to cancel (illness or death in the family 1st or 2nd degree). In this case you will be charged the reduced fee and your supervisor/PI must send a mail indicating the reason for cancellation.

Note: If you would like to cancel your registration, ALWAYS inform us and please do not assume that by NOT paying the participation fee, your registration is automatically cancelled, because it isn't (and do note that you will be kept to the cancellation conditions).

More information

Amber Heijboer (PE&RC)
Phone: +31 20 52 57 451


To register, please enter your details below and click "Register".