DS3102 Writing Scientific Articles 5.0 credits

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  • Education cycle

    Third cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    P, F

Course offerings

Autumn 18 for programme students

  • Periods

    Autumn 18 P1 (2.5 credits), P2 (2.5 credits)

  • Application code


  • Start date


  • End date


  • Language of instruction


  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time


  • Form of study


  • Number of places *

    Max. 40

    *) If there are more applicants than number of places selection will be made.

  • Course responsible

    Jamie Rinder <jamier@kth.se>

  • Target group

    PhD students, second year or later.

Information for research students about course offerings

The course is offered every term. To see the current schedule and the online application form, please follow the link above!

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to:

• identify good scientific style and text structure

• recognize and use rhetoric characteristic of academic writing in one's own research domain

• express oneself clearly, correctly and precisely in written English

• adapt content, text structure and word choice according to purpose and audience

• critically review one's own and others'scientific texts give and take constructive criticism on, e.g., audience adaptation, text structure, content, sentence structure, and stylistic register, as well as apply criticism in the revision of one's own texts.

Course main content

• Rhetorical and linguistic analysis of the main parts of scientific articles: introduction, methods, results, discussion, title and summary (abstract).

• Drafts of these main parts for one's own future publication.

• Peer review of other course participants' texts.

• Short written assignments (e.g. project proposal or other type of text linked to research career).

• Academic English: Word choice, grammar, sentence structure and stylistic register.



Doctoral students, postdocs, researchers.

It is important that doctoral students who apply have come so far in their studies that they have results about which to write during the course The course is not appropriate for doctoral students during their first term of studies.

Recommended prerequisites

It is important that students have come so far in their doctoral education that they have results to write about. The course is unsuitable for students in their first term of studies


The reading list will be announced before the beginning of the course.

The recommended reference literature and electronic resources will be announced in the course information.

Required equipment


• Attendance at 75% of course meetings

• All written assignments passed.

• A completed research article of good rhetorical and linguistic quality, as well as a supervision session with a teacher to discuss the article.

Requirements for final grade

Offered by

ITM/Learning in Engineering Sciences


Jamie Rinder (jamier@kth.se)


Rebecca Hincks <hincks@kth.se>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2018.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2019.