This is an elective course for doctoral candidates intended to foster academic research methods and writing skills that are hoped to enable the participants to actively engage with scholarly life and discourse as professionals. At this stage students are expected to work on developing a clear statement of dissertation topics, research questions, some description of methodology and primary and secondary sources, as well as a carefully prepared and maintained bibliography. Building on their work, whether previously written or currently under construction, the course is designed as a venue for each student to strengthen their academic writing skills by flagging recurring problems, polishing work written so far, and focusing on questions of structure and coherence. Across the six sessions, intensive seminar style classwork will be followed by customized and flexible consultations tailored to the individual needs of the enrolled students.  

The standards and requirements of the course will reflect the goal of communicating one’s research and intellectual work to the international scholarly community in high quality English prose. It is intended that the writing will focus on individual dissertations or works written for publication. Alongside intensive dissertation development, the course also serves as an introduction to professional activities such as writing and presenting conference papers.

This is a one-credit course, with sessions starting in the middle of the Fall Term, depending on the availability of participating students.


1.      From data to conclusions: research methodology, data management

2.      Paragraph power, signposting and structure

3.      Tutorials