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14.10.2019 at 12:00 - 20.10.2019 at 23:59


This course is intended for students of Master's degree programmes.

This course fulfils the foreign language requirement in the Master's degree either fully or partially, depending on the programme-specific requirements. Not all Masters programmes have the course in their compulsory requirements.

Starting level CEFR C1.

If you are uncertain about your CEFR level (pdf), contact the teacher or the tutor before signing up.

See WebOodi (WebOodi > Instruction and courses > Course catalogues > Language Centre > English) for other courses supporting the further development of the competence provided by this course.

The aim of this course is for students to

  • develop their approaches to writing in their Master's degree
  • recognize and use the resources available to them
  • improve their academic English for completing study-related academic texts (e.g. theses, reviews, reports, essays, academic articles)
  • determine their own needs and goals at the beginning of the course, together with the teacher, and to pursue these as part of the courses overall goals
  • develop their understanding of their own individual writing-related needs based on teacher and peer feedback.

In the first year of a Master's Degree Programme.

The sessions of the course include

  • discussing topics related to writing at the university
  • exploring various ways of being in charge of one's writing
  • focusing on such topics as development of argument, coherent articulation of complex ideas, text structure, readability, style, paraphrasing and field-specific conventions, as well as matters of conciseness, precision and correctness
  • practicing some of these issues in brief in-class writing tasks
  • writing independent assignments related to each student's studies, with individual feedback from the teacher, as well as peers.

Moodle/other media

Materials, in paper or electronic format, provided by both the teacher and the students, will be used during the course.


The course uses peer evaluation, self-evaluation and evaluation by the teacher.

Includes 28 contact hours and 26 hours of independent work (2 x 27 hours in total).

The Language Centre requires students to attend approximately 80% of the classes. Concessions may be made if warranted by the nature of the course.

This course replaces the course 993734 Academic Writing for Students in English-Medium Master's Degree Programmes 1 (CEFR C1), 2 op