Academic Writing & Communication

Advice on academic writing, common principles, information about where to get more support and help, and information about referencing and plagiarism.

Academic writing

UCL Academic Communication Centre

The UCL Academic Communication Centre (ACC) provides a free service supporting you to develop critical thinking, writing and oral skills. We offer: 

  • one-to-one tutorials 
  • workshops 
  • webinars 
  • courses 
  • writing retreats 
  • online resources

We work closely with academic departments and faculties to design this provision to develop your ability and confidence to communicate ideas and research in your discipline.

Other services

  • Students’ Union UCL Language + Writing Support Programme: provides support to international students at UCL. 
  • Survey of English Usage: the Survey of English Usage features a series of mobile apps, available for iOS and Android, including academic writing, spelling and punctuation, and grammar.

UCL Library Services

Computers in the science library

UCL Library Services offer some very useful courses and resources for research students. Postgraduate students often need to search for literature relevant to their work and write research papers for publication in journals as well as conferences. The resources available can help you with these:

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Academic Integrity means being honest in your academic work, and making sure that you formally recognise and reference the existing knowledge and ideas on which your work is based. If you do not acknowledge the work or ideas of others, you could be penalised for Academic Misconduct.

Dissertation writing support

Each postgraduate taught programme will have its own handbook with details requirements such as: 

  • length,
  • how to prepare, and
  • writing process.

Make sure you follow the guidance provided by your department and in discussion with your supervisor. 

You can also find support using these links:

Research and writing skills for disserations and projects

This self-paced Moodle course is a resource to help you develop the skills associated with researching and writing an extended piece of work.

If you are writing or preparing to write a project or dissertation, this course may help you develop the skills that you need to research and write an extended piece of work. The modules are standalone so you can study them in any order and when you need them. Each module is followed by a self-assessment quiz.

Find out more and undertake this Moodle course.