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Academic Writing

A four-day course for PhD students

Become better at writing scientific texts in English

WRITE CLEARLY AND PRODUCTIVELY IN ENGLISH & DEVELOP YOUR OWN TEXT

Content:

Our academic writing course provides you with practical and useful tools that you as a PhD student can use in your writing process. You will quickly see a clear difference in your texts, regardless of your academic and linguistic background.

You will learn to analyze scientific texts for their rhetorical strengths and weaknesses and give and receive feedback on your own and others' texts. The course includes writing exercises based on the different sections that a typical research article contains (e.g. abstract, introduction, discussion). We also do concrete writing exercises to help you become better at writing more persuasive texts (by creating clarity, flow and coherence). The course alternates between writing exercises in groups and instruction and discussion in plenary. We use peer feedback as a tool throughout the course.

Focal points are:

    • Good writing routines

    • Syntax

    • Targeted argumentation

    • Correct grammar and appropriate vocabulary

    • The structure of a scientific text structure

      • Constructive feedback from instructors and peers
    THE COURSE IS OPEN TO PHD STUDENTS FROM ALL DISCIPLINES AND UNIVERSITIES.

    Practical information

      • Before the course starts, you will be asked to submit an excerpt from one of your own texts, and you will also be asked to read our guide on academic writing. We will send both the guide and instructions to you before the course starts.

      • The course takes place online

      • ECTS credits: 2

      • Teaching language: English

      • Exam form: Active course participation

      • Grading scale: Passed / not passed

      • Course workload: 4 course days + preparation and homework

      • Course price: DKK 5,000 excluding VAT

    Teaching and learning methods

    Short lectures in combination with active writing exercises, group discussion and analysis.

    Bonus

    Attending our writing courses will develop your competencies in international, cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary collaboration and knowledge-sharing.

    You will learn to use GlobalDenmark’s unique feedback model for cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary feedback.



    Autumn courses

    The course lasts four days in total over two weeks (two days in week 1 and two days in week 2).

    Date
      • AW 4
        September 11-12 & 18-19, 2024 (online)

      • AW 5
        October 23-24 & 30-31, 2024 (online)

      • AW 6
        November 27-28 & December 4-5, 2024 (online)

    REGISTRATION

    Send an email to phd@global-denmark.dk.

    Write "Registration - AW September", "Registration - AW October" or "Registration - AW November" in the subject field.

    We will then contact you with more information about the course.


    Testimonials:

    "The academic writing course helped me write a good abstract, which led to me being invited to give a presentation at a prestigious conference."

    PAULA SZYMCZAK, INDUSTRIAL PHD, DEPARTMENT OF FOOD SCIENCE, UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN

    "Thanks for a great course! It was the first time I attended a PhD course and you set the bar high. All three of you are inspiring teachers."

    ASBJØRN WILLIAM AMMITZBØLL FLÜGGE, PHD FELLOW, DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE, UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN
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    Your instructors

    THE GLOBALDENMARK TEAM HAS MORE THAN 90 YEARS OF COMBINED EXPERIENCE IN CREATING EXCELLENCE IN SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION.
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    Mark Harvey Simpson

    Mark has over 20 years’ experience helping researchers tell their scientific stories. He’s a valued coach with a background in the natural and social sciences and is known for giving feedback that helps his clients grow their confidence and make an impact.



    Ann Britt Donovan

    Ann Britt has designed and run communication courses for over 20 years. Many researchers have benefitted from her interdisciplinary background in molecular biology, linguistics (English) and history. Ann Britt teaches on our presentation and writing courses – and is an excellent editor of research manuscripts.

    Claus Adam Jarløv

    Claus has over 35 years’ experience teaching scientific communication, and has a background in linguistics and psychology. Researchers benefit from his vast knowledge on tools and models that can make their work more successful – be it writing, presenting or collaborating in interdisciplinary and international teams.

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    About us

    Since 1985, we have helped PhD students and other researchers communicate their research results to national and international audiences.

    GlobalDenmark’s expertise comprises cross-cultural communication and management, coaching of individuals and teams, as well as editing services and translation.

    We have developed a series of unique tools, concepts and courses in English and Danish, specifically tailored to the university and research sectors. We work with PhD students, postdocs, senior researchers, laboratory and administrative staff and other knowledge workers working within research and innovation – both in the private and public sector.

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    Collaboration with Danish universities

    GlobalDenmark has provided training in communication for the Danish university sector for over 20 years. More than 3,000 PhD students from all the universities in Denmark have attended our courses. Most of these are ECTS eligible.

    Top evaluation from
    University of East London

    In 2012, our two PhD courses were subject to a quality audit by the University of East London and received the “Quality Mark” (highest score). This certifies that our PhD courses meet strict quality standards concerning teaching methodology, teacher qualifications and course management.

    Testimonial
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      After several years all we can say is that your courses are still a resounding success, and I can add that it is with great satisfaction that I see how the course participants use what they have learned and become much better at writing articles.

      I could go on and on ....

      Solveig Nissen, Department of the Built Environment, Aalborg University
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      I recently attended a series of intensive 1-1 coaching sessions at GlobalDenmark in order to strengthen my negotiation and presentation skills in English.

      It was a highly rewarding experience and I strongly recommend GlobalDenmark for personal and professional development.

      Mie Hernig, Country Manager
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      Thank you for your excellent and competent teaching. I'll certainly have you in mind in my future writing processes and will possibly return for editing assistance.

      Elise Bromann Bukhave, Associate Professor/PhD, University College Absalon
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      I had a very productive time, learned about writing, and enjoyed the social aspects of this retreat as well. It was well structured without being overloaded, and, thus, leaving sufficient time for deep work.It could be a good idea to have something like this as a regular event, i.e., annually.

      PhD Fellow, Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen
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      I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful writing retreat! I heard people saying only good things and the same goes for me. I learned a lot AND got some writing done which is just perfect. It was such a pleasure having you with us for the last days.

      PhD Fellow, Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen
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      Thanks to the Academic Writing Course I was able to write a proper abstract and got accepted for giving a talk at a very prestigious conference.

      Paula Szymczak, Industrial PhD Fellow, Department of Food Science at the University of Copenhagen
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      Thanks again for an effective presentation workshop.

      Last week I attended a CBS workshop where we pitched our PhD project to a panel of judges and I won the award for best pitch.

      So thanks a lot, for the powerful tools and for getting me to reflect on the keys of presenting.

      Asbjørn William Ammitzbøll Flügge, PhD Fellow, Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen
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      Thanks to the Academic Writing Course I was able to write a proper abstract and got accepted for giving a talk at a very prestigious conference.

      Georg Ørnskov Rønsch, Industrial PhD Fellow, DTU Compute and LEGO Group
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