English Language Education

Writing a PhD First-Year Report

This course focuses on the academic writing skills required to produce the report (or proposal) PhD students present to their Year-1 ‘review’, ‘panel’ or ‘progression board’.

Students will have the opportunity to write and receive tutor feedback on draft sections of their own reports.

Course details

Course Content

The course explores the following typical sections of the report:

  • Content and Structure
  • The Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Report on Progress
  • Future Plans
  • References

Teaching Methods

In class you will work through a series of tasks related to different sections of the Report. This will include analysing report extracts written by former PhD students from a range of disciplines. You will discuss your answers to the tasks with other students and your tutor, who will also provide you feedback on extended writing tasks completed at home. The feedback will focus on overall clarity, style and organisation. Any systematic language errors will also be highlighted.

Class size

There will be a maximum of 12 students in a class.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students should have a better understanding of:

  • how to organise their first-year report
  • appropriate grammar and vocabulary for writing a report
  • any language and academic writing areas that may need further work

Timing and Location

Mondays from 23 October 2017 11:10pm-13:00pm (7 weeks)

Tuesdays from 24 October 2017 11:10pm-13:00pm (7 weeks)

Paterson's Land, Holyrood Road

 

Eligibility

All first year international PhD students currently studying at Edinburgh University.

Registration

Please complete and submit the following online registration Form:

ELSIS Registration Form

The application deadline is Friday 13 October 2017.

Independent Study Materials