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Throughout the academic year, the doctoral schools of Hasselt University are organizing several editions of the course 'Academic English' (taught by Prof. Eric Caers).

This course seeks to familiarize PhD students with academic writing conventions. Attention will be paid to reader-friendly writing, basic phrases in different sections of an academic paper (abstract, introduction, methodology, discussion/conclusions), writing units of measurement, displaying numbers with figures or words, the difference between British and American English. In addition, the course pays ample attention to functional grammar (tenses, linking words), commonly made mistakes ('Dutchisms') and interference mistakes/non-native structures. Example sentences are taken from previous sample papers and relate to students' specific fields of study. Participants are invited to submit their papers in progress for correction and error analysis. The closing session covers presentation skills and graphs & charts.

For whom?

  • Each edition is directed at PhD students from one of the three doctoral schools (max 15 participants per edition).

When and where?

  • 1st edition (ST): January 13, 20, 27 and February 3
    9:00-12:00 - room C4, building D, campus Diepenbeek
  • 2nd edition (BSH): January 13, 20, 27 and February 3
    13:00-16:00 - room C20, building D, campus Diepenbeek 
  • 3rd edition (MLS): February 17 & 24 and March 3 & 10
    9:00-12:00 - room C4, building D, campus Diepenbeek
  • 4th edition (ST): September 8, 15, 22 & 29 
    9:00-12:00 - room C4, building D, campus Diepenbeek
  • 5th edition (BSH and MLS): September 8, 15, 22 & 29
    13:00-16:00 - room C4, building D, campus Diepenbeek 


  • DS ST (edition 1): registration is closed since December 6.
  • DS BSH (edition 2): registration is closed since December 6.
  • DS MLS (edition 3): registration is closed since January 17.
  • DS ST (edition 4): registration is closed since August 22.
  • DS BSH & MLS (edition 5): registration is closed since August 22. 
  • Please register only if you can attend all four sessions.
  • As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will be notified by e-mail in due time.

Please be aware of the following:
As part of this course, you will get access to an online module which can be used to make exercises at home. The access to this module costs 10 euros per person, paid for by the doctoral schools. However, if you cancel your participation after official confirmation from us, personal reimbursement of this amount will need to occur (except when participating in a later edition in the same academic year). This is true regardless of the exact timing of the cancellation in the light of the cancellation & no-show policy (i.e. ≥ or < 7 days).

Acknowledged as?

  • DS BSH: category 'research management & communication skills' - workshop on communication skills
  • DS MLS: category 'transferable skills' - one compulsory elective course 
  • DS ST: category 'scientific & generic communication' - one course about scientific and generic communication