NRS8004 - Scientific writing course in Global Health


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and oral examination
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination

Course content

The course covers themes that promote knowledge about the writing process in connection with publishing scientific articles in relevant journals: * Disciplinary-specific communication * The structure of an article - the necessary parts and order * Techniques for getting your message across to your reader * Language use in scientific articles * Response - giving and receiving * The publication process * Grant writing

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.

Learning 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. Between the course blocks, participants should send their work to the instructor for additional feedback and follow-up. The course will not be held if the total number of attending students is below 5 participants.

Compulsory assignments

  • Draft of scientific paper

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

The course is open to PhD candidates who are members of the Norwegian Research School of Global health. Registration through NRSGH webpage:

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

Course materials

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

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
NRS8001 2.5 SPRING 2018
MH8000 0.5 AUTUMN 2020
SMED8007 0.5 AUTUMN 2020
HFEL8000 1.0 AUTUMN 2021
HFEL8001 1.0 AUTUMN 2021
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Version: 1
Credits:  3.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Health Science
  • Medicine
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences


Examination arrangement: Assignment and oral examination

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Autumn ORD Oral examination
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Spring ORD Oral examination
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