The Centre for Academic and Professional Communication shares a course portfolio with the Section for Applied Linguistics, and coordinates the master’s degree programme in speech therapy. 

As of the autumn semester in 2019, the centre will offer a master’s programme in academic and professional communication. This master’s programme will provide candidates with in-depth knowledge about oral and written communication in academic and professional contexts.

Through this master’s programme, candidates will acquire insight into key theories and perspectives on academic and professional communication and methods used to study and develop such communication, and gain experience with problem-based work on specific communication-related issues (preferably related to the candidate’s own place of employment, if possible). For candidates who are looking for academic specialization, but who do not wish to complete a full master’s degree programme, we offer two specialization options:

  • Writing and writing cultures in academic and professional se
  • Conversations as a tool in collaboration and leadership

More information about the master’s degree programme will be available in 2018.


AVS2240 – Discourse in Working Life: Diversities and Patterns

In AVS2240, the students are given insight into communicative patterns, processes and challenges in professional life. Students acquire knowledge about how communication both influences and is influences by the organization. In addition to this, the course offers insight into how communication patterns can contribute to inclusion and exclusion in the workplace, as well as the construction or deconstruction of hierarchies.

AVS2300 – Writing in the Disciplines: Developing Texts in Higher Education and in the Workplace

AVS2300 provides students with the competence to develop different types of texts, both through both a practical and a theoretical approach. This prepares the students for working with text development professionally, through writing, analysis and giving quality feedback. The theoretical foundation for this course is that writing is interaction in a given context.

AVS3010 – Project Management and Communicative Processes

In AVS3010, students use their background in the humanities in a professional context. The course focuses on project management and communicative processes in project groups. Students gain practical and theoretical experience related to project management and work processes, professional identities and interdisciplinary practices, as well as communication across disciplines and competencies.

EDU3087 – Academic Writing and Writing and Learning

EDU3087, aimed at students in teacher education, offers a theoretical and practical introduction to writing processes, genres and feedback processes, among other things. The aim of the course is to help students develop their academic writing skills, and offer them a variety of approaches to working with writing.

NORD2220 – Writing – Text and Text Processes

In NORD2220 students learn about writing and writing processes, and have the opportunity  to work on their own writing skills – both academic and creative. As a part of this work, the students participate in writing groups, where they share their texts with fellow students, and give and receive feedback. By doing this, the students gain both theoretical and practical experience in developing texts and in working with text through a process-oriented approach.

SPRÅK1501 – Academic Writing

As an international student in Norway, you will likely be submitting most of your papers in English. SPRÅK1501 introduces international students to skills needed for writing academic texts in English. Student interaction is very important in this course, so rather than just passively listening to lectures, students actively participate and practice relevant skills related to writing. Topics covered by this course include: how to start the writing process, giving and receiving feedback, recognizing differences between scientific research articles and popular science articles, and writing cover letters and CVs. Obligatory assignments allow students to practice their writing and presentations skills, as well as develop their texts based on feedback.

SPRÅK3501 – Scientific Communication for Engineers

As a graduate student in engineering or the natural sciences, you are probably prepared for your thesis in the sense that you have expertise in your specific field. But a big part of writing a master's thesis is actually writing it. SPRÅK3501 teaches students a variety of skills related to communicating science, whether it is writing a thesis or giving an oral presentation. Topics that are covered include: structuring a text, writing coherently, finding and evaluating sources, and referencing. The obligatory assignments for this course are varied, and aim to give students practical training in different aspects of writing and presenting science.

Perspective courses

AVS1201 - Writing in Academic Contexts

In AVS1201, the students learn about writing and writing processes. Furthermore, they work on writing their own texts - both academic and creative. As a part of this work, the students participate in writing groups, where they share their texts with fellow students, and give and receive feedback. By doing this, the students gain knowledge and practical experience in developing texts and in working with text through a process-oriented approach.

AVS1202 - Spoken Discourse and Discourse Analysis

AVS1202 focuses on around how we can understand and describe what goes on when we communicate orally. Some of the topics covered include how people collaborate on creating the dynamics of a conversation, how meaning is negotiated and how identities and relations are established through conversation.

Master programme

Experience-based part-time master programme in Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy is an experience-based part-time master programme. The program requires that you have higher education (180 credits) and at least two years of professional experience.

The program will be lectured in Norwegian only. 

Continuing education

AVS6300 - Writing at work: text development, communication and clarity

AVS6300 is a 7.5-credit seminar-based continuing and further education course.

Courses for PhDs

HFEL8000 - Communicating Science - in Journals and to the General Public

HFEL8000 is a course in scientific publishing and communicating science to the general public for PhDs.