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FDS3102 Writing Scientific Articles 5.0 credits

Welcome to Writing Scientific Articles, a course designed for doctoral students and other reserachers who want to develop their skills in writing advanced, clear and precise scientific English in order to publish in scientific journals and conferences.

In order to take this course you need material for an article, or an article draft, to work on during the course. The course is to a great extent based on discussions of typical articles from the students' own research disciplines, and on peer reviews of article drafts.

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. 

The course takes place at KTH Main Campus, Valhallavägen (limited access to hybrid solutions). Course fee.


About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

Target group

PhD students, second year or later.

Part of programme

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P1 (2.5 hp), P2 (2.5 hp)


26 Aug 2024
13 Jan 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

18 - 60

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students


Susanna Zeitler Lyne (


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Course coordinator

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FDS3102 (Spring 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course disposition

The course runs over one semester, starting in Week 37 (autumn) or Week 5 (Spring). There are eight 2-hour course meetings (see KTH Schedule).

Course contents

Analysis and discussion of research papers, especially within the student’s own research field, with a focus on rhetorical strategies, the common practice of the research field, and structure and language.

Short written assignments, such as a project proposal or similar text type with relevance to the research career

Work on own drafts for a forthcoming scientific publication

Discussion of other course participants’ drafts, and reflection on the peer review process

Exercises in scientific English, for instance regarding sentence structure, grammar and vocabulary.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • adapt the content and structure of scientific research papers according to audience and purpose, and justify their choices
  • apply rhetorical strategies typical for research papers in STEM fields, especially in their own discipline
  • apply effective writing strategies in order to compose clear and precise text in English
  • critically review and suggest changes to scientific texts written by others, considering e.g. audience, purpose, structure and language, and use others' feedback to improve their own text

in order to

  • produce scientific research papers in STEM in English for publication in relevant journals.

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

75% attendance requirement, and all written assignments passed.

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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

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