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FDS3102 Writing Scientific Articles 5.0 credits

This course is designed for doctoral students and other reserachers who want to develop their skills in writing advanced, clear and precise scientific English.

Apply for the course via the links at KTH Language and Communication. Please apply before you are admitted and registered on the course in Ladok. Language and Communication will administer the admission process before the course starts. 

Course fee.

To a great extent, this course is based on discussions and peer reviews of the participants' own article drafts. It is therefore important that you have an article underway to work on during the course. To complete the course, you book an appointment with your teacher to discuss your finished article. This tutorial can take place anytime after the final course date (no deadline). 

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FDS3102 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

• 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.

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 disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Doctoral students, postdocs, researchers.

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


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • INL1 - Written assignment, 5.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

• 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.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web FDS3102

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Susanna Zeitler Lyne (

Supplementary information

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.

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ITM/Learning in Engineering Sciences