NRSGH Scientific writing course in Global health - NTNU


The aim of the course is to facilitate PhD students in developing their scientific writing, specifically for writing articles for journals.

The course is a 4-day course comprising a 2-day session followed by approximately 3 weeks during which the participants work on their articles. Then the participants convene again for a final 2-day session. It will be thought in autumn 2017, respectively 16-17 Nov and 7-8 Des. In order to allow for travel, the first day of the 2-day sessions can start late and finish late (e.g. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.); the second day can start early and end early (e.g. 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

The course is a combination of lectures and group, pair and individual activities – all of which are directly related to the participants’ own writing. Between sessions, the participants are required to keep in contact with their instructor through e-mails. The course will constitute 3 ETCS. All course activities are mandatory and participants must have a presentation at the end of the last teaching block. Assessment is “passed/ not passed”. 

Nancy Eik-Nes will be responsible for the course. Emma Walton will be responsible for the topic grants writing and for giving feedback during the course.


Recommended previous knowledge:

Participants should have finished a literature search and data analyses for a scientific paper. They should have also completed a draft of part of an article that they can work on during the course.

Required previous knowledge:

The course is open to PhD candidates who are members of the Norwegian Research School of Global health.

The maximum number of participants is 16. Applicants who already have a draft of their manuscript will be given priority.

Academic content:

The course covers themes that promote knowledge about the writing process in connection with publishing scientific articles in relevant journals:

Disciplinary-specific communication – both oral and written

- The structure of an article – the necessary parts and order

- Grant proposals

- Techniques for getting your message across to your readers

- Techniques for getting your message across to your listeners

- Language use in scientific articles

- Response – giving and receiving

- The publication process

Course material:

Participants must bring a copy of a published primary research article published in a recognized journal – preferably from a journal they would like to publish in. (NOTE: The participants must NOT be one of the authors of the published article.)

They should also bring a draft of an article (or part of an article) that they can work on during the course. Both of the texts should also be sent to the course instructor one week before the course commences.

Other material will be handed out during the course.

Recommended reading: Nygaard, Lynn (2015). Writing for scholars. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget

Teaching methods and activities:

The course consists of lectures and activities in small groups and pairs, as well as individual writing time and one-to-one feedback from the instructor. After the course, participants can send their work to the instructor for additional feedback and follow-up.

Learning outcome:

By the end of the course, participants should be well on the way to producing a draft of their research paper. In addition, they will learn more about the writing and publication process and oral presentation of their projects. 


Registration  Deadline is extended to 20 October 2017

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