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KIEN3321 English: Advanced Academic Writing 3 ECTS
Organised by
Centre for Language and Communication St./English
Person in charge
Mike Nelson
Preceding studies
This course is only for students who are approaching doctoral level and who already have a Master's degree.


Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: C1

General description

Academic writing course designed for doctoral level students from the faculty of medicine only and, if there is room, from the natural sciences.

Learning outcomes

After the course the students should:
- have an advanced knowledge of how to write academically with special relation to the field of medicine.
- be able to recognize and produce academic text and be aware of the internal structure of research articles in their own field.
- be aware of the cultural differences relating to perceptions of what is considered to be good academic writing.
- have a greater understanding of the mechanics of writing a research paper.
- recognize and be able to use collocation appropriately.
- be able to write and punctuate accurately in English.
- be aware of technology enhanced research methods.


In this course students practice the skills needed to write academically in English for international journals and at the same time cover aspects of grammar and lexis. Items include academic vocabulary, textual organization and flow, punctuation and the format and structure of academic articles. Students also learn how to use corpus data and collocations as tools to help their own writing. Students use their own texts as the basis of analysis and also get a chance to have their own work reviewed and checked. Much of the course is internet-based.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Tutorials 20 h 0 h
Independent work 20 h 10 h

Personal instruction: 0.5 h.

Even though this is a classroom course, we do a lot of work on the Internet both in the lessons and out of class.

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
  • In English

For credit, min. 80% attendance and active participation.



Study materials

Found online via http://users.utu.fi/micnel/. The full course is in Moodle.

Further information

Contact Mike Nelson: mike.nelson[at]utu.fi

Belongs to following study modules

Centre for Language and Communication Studies
Institute of Biomedicine
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of Medicine
Institute of Biomedicine
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