English for Academic Purposes

Brochures available at CLIE Reception from September.

British Council 2011

All English language courses have been accredited and are regularly inspected by the British Council.

Thesis Writing Option B (for MPhil/PhD students)

Days Times and Dates to be arranged between participant and allocated tutor

Cost:  UCL £350  Other £400


Thesis Writing Option B aims to provide individual feedback for research students whose main language is not English and who require specialist tuition in order to improve their academic writing skills. The course offers suggestions to consolidate and extend students’ academic writing. The tutorials offer practical advice, support and exercises to improve structure and style in research students’ writing. Writing cannot be proof-read.


Option B is for students registered on an MPhil/PhD who have successfully passed their upgrading/transfer.  The course consists of 5 individual tutorials arranged over a period of 12 months at times convenient to both student and tutor.

In the tutorials, suggestions are offered aimed to consolidate and extend the student’s academic writing, and reinforcement exercises provided to improve the structure and style of research students’ writing. 

Extracts of students’ work will be read and commented on for general structure.  A short section of the work may be marked in more detail for surface features (grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary). 

Work should be submitted to the Thesis Writing tutor at least two weeks before the tutorial.  Students are expected to complete the recommended follow-up exercises and to submit them together with the next piece of written work.

Delivery and Methodology

The course consists of one-to-one tutorials in which students’ work in progress is analysed and commented on in terms of language features. Students are expected to complete prescribed exercises at the same time as working on their thesis.

The Marking Code

Tutors use this marking code when correcting your written work. Please note that tutors may not correct every mistake, but are likely to focus on the most important ones. When your written work is returned to you, you should make the necessary corrections and resubmit your work.



Full Form/


WO Word Order Change the word order/rearrange the sentence.
T Tense Think which tense should have been used.
SP Spelling Check the correct spelling of the word in a dictionary.
ART Article An indefinite or definite article is necessary (or NO article).
P Punctuation There is a punctuation mark missing, or you have put in a punctuation mark unnecessarily, or perhaps you used a wrong punctuation mark.
C Concord (1) The verb does not agree with the subject (2) The relationship between words which determines whether they should be singular or plural, masculine or feminine, and what the form of the verbal group should be
PREP Preposition You have used a wrong preposition.
WF Wrong Form Search for an appropriate derivational form of the word.
WW Wrong Word An inappropriate word or phrase has been chosen.
St Style This form/word/expression is inappropriate in this context / situation. Make it more academic / formal (or more colloquial).
? unclear I do not understand what you mean.
^ sth missing There is a word (or words) missing.
PARA New paragraph It is better to start a new paragraph.
! Simple mistake You should know what is wrong here.
(tick) good This part is well written.
(curving line) no need for a new sentence/ word The idea should be joined in a single sentence / should be one word.
(wavy line) Meaning is unclear This part should be expressed more accurately (clearly).


If you have to miss a pre-arranged Option B tutorial, please inform the tutor beforehand, either by email to the tutor or by leaving a message at CLIE Reception. 24 hours' notice must be given to cancel pre-arranged tutorials. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the tutorial hour.

Course Feedback / Staff-Student Consultative Exercise

All students on part-time English classes have the opportunity to give general feedback on their course to senior representatives of the CLIE.

Academic support

If you have any questions about your course, please feel free to ask your tutor. Alternatively, you may like to contact the Course Co-ordinator, Mrs Daphne Thomas, Room 115, 26 Bedford Way. Email: daphne.thomas@ucl.ac.uk

Administrative support

If you have any administrative enquiries, please contact the EAP Office, Room 121, 26 Bedford Way. Email: pteap@ucl.ac.uk

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