The Nahrein Network


Academic Research Course

The Academic Research Course focuses on developing research capacity in Iraq, including Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

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Academic Research Course: Writing for Publication in Social Sciences and Humanities


The Nahrein Network, in partnership with UK-based academics and Iraqi universities launches the Academic Research Course. This course focuses on addressing the huge demand for developing research capacity in Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, to support in-country researchers to strengthen their skills to publish in internationally recognised journals and publications.

This course is a component of AcademIQ, and offers online units focusing on the fundamentals of research and academic publishing. It is designed specifically for academics in Iraq. The course is in the English language and as the units have been already prepared, learners can complete them at a time of their choosing.

Registration and use of the course is free of charge, though you will be expected to complete the entire course to receive a certificate of participation. Instructions on how to register and use the online platform where the course is located will be sent to those who are eligible. 


To enrol, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be currently affiliated to a recognised academic institution in Iraq, including Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).
  • You must have, or be currently enrolled for, an MA or a PhD in an arts, social sciences or humanities discipline.
  • You must be actively involved in research.
  • You must be proficient in the English language.
  • You must show commitment to completing the online units and attending the live sessions.

Learning Outcomes

The course is designed to equip learners with essential research concepts, approaches and methodologies. It offers Iraqi researchers in the arts, humanities and social sciences with an opportunity to acquire core skills in academic writing and publishing. By the end of the course, learners should have a good grounding in research skills in writing and publishing in internationally recognised journals.

Course Outline

There are three blocks comprised of 8 pre-prepared units in total that learners will need to complete. Each unit will take approximately 2 hours to complete, including preparation time. 

Block 1: 
Unit 1 – What is academic writing?
Unit 2 – Writing for publication 
Unit 3 – Developing writing practices for publication 
Live session (to be determined)

Block 2:
Unit 4 – Research questions and argument  
Unit 5 – Theoretical framework and critical engagement with the literature
Unit 6 – Ethics and positionality  
Live session (to be determined)

Block 3:
Unit 7 – Publishing in journals 
Unit 8 – Publishing on social media 
Live session (to be determined)

Those who have not received a response from us should consider their application unsuccessful.

A certificate of completion will be delivered to learners who complete the course. AcademIQ’s courses & activities are not UCL credit-bearing.