Advanced Academic English: Writing Skills - Natural Sciences


Communication Skills

Target group

Members of the Doctoral School of Natural Sciences

Level and Test

For PhD students 6 months or more into their PhD. An advanced knowledge of English is required.


*It is also required TO PASS an English orientation test. The test takes 1 hour and comprises multiple choice questions, gap-fill exercises and a dictation. If you fail this test, your final registration for writing skills will not be confirmed. You can first follow another course of English which better suits your needs and competences (for instance Upper-Intermediate Academic English) at your own expense.

Time schedule & Venue

Course codeDates 2nd semester 2017-2018TimeRoom/Venue


WEEKLY 2 hours each Thursday:

start date 15 February, 2018 - end date 3 May, 2018 (10*2hrs)


room V8, UCT, University Language Center, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 136, Gent


Note: Please bring your own coffee/refreshments. The Doctoral Schools don’t provide these unless mentioned otherwise

Registration procedure

For the English orientation test:

Check the online sample test here

For the course:

If the course is fully booked you can ask to be added to the waiting list by sending an e-mail to Please mention your student nr and the course code of your choice.

Registration fee

Free of charge for the members of the Doctoral Schools.

The course book 'Academic English: writing a research article; Natural Sciences' (Leen De Boom) is not included and can be bought at Standaard boekhandel, Kouter 31, 9000 Gent. Please ask for 10% discount as a UCT-student.


More information on the website of the UCT



Number of participants


Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

More information on the website of the UCT