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Part-time Academic English Courses for Graduate Research Students

Part-time Academic English courses are available at UCL for PhD and other graduate research students who want to enhance their academic writing and oral communication skills.

Thesis Writing


Course overview

Option A

This option is for you if you are registered on an MPhil / PhD programme. The course helps you develop an awareness of the theory and conventions of academic writing, including how to sequence information into chapters within a PhD thesis, and how to approach writing specific sections, such as the literature review.

Option B

This option is for you if you have successfully passed your upgrade / transfer and have preferably completed Option A. The course aims to help you consolidate and extend your writing with exercises and feedback on improving structure and style.

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Course duration and class size

Option A

Option A is a 34-hour taught course for participants registered on an MPhil/PhD course. It is particularly suitable if you are in the first year of your course and have yet to start the upgrading / transfer process.

There is a maximum of 12 students in each class.

Option B

Option B consists of five one-hour individual tutorials. You should have successfully passed your upgrading/transfer and should be starting the third year of full-time study (fourth year of part-time study). Participants will preferably have completed Option A.

Pronunciation & Public Speaking


Course overview

This course is for you if you want to develop your skills and confidence for speaking to an audience. The classes will review the main elements of English pronunciation in the context of skills required to give effective presentations.

You will have the opportunity to be recorded giving presentations twice during the course in order to reflect and build on your presentation skills both during and after the course.

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Course duration and class size

The one-term course is taught for two hours a week over nine weeks. You also have a 30-minute individual tutorial.

There is a maximum of 10 students in each class.

Course dates


Autumn Term: week commencing 12 October to week ending 11 December 2020.

Timetable


MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

10am-12pm

Pronunciation and Public Speaking

10am-12pm

Thesis Writing Option A

10am- 12pm

Pronunciation and Public Speaking

 

10am-12pm

Thesis Writing Option A

2pm-4pm

Thesis Writing Option A

  

2pm-4pm

Thesis Writing Option A

 

Fees

Funding is available through the Doctoral School.

CourseNumber of weeks/hoursUCLNon-UCL
Thesis Writing Option A8.5/34£550£700
Thesis Writing Option B5/10£450£500
Pronunciation & Public Speaking9/18£450£500

How to enrol


You can make an application online. Please read the Doctoral Skills Development Programme funding information before applying.