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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).
    1. DS Sciences & Technology
    2. DS Behavioral Sciences & Humanities
    3. DS Medicine & Life Sciences
    4. DS Sciences & Technology
    5. DS Behavioral Sciences & Technology

When and where?

  • 1st edition (S&T): January 15, 22, 29 and February 5
    9:00-12:00 - room C20 (January 15 and January 22) and room C4 (January 29 and February 5) , campus Diepenbeek
  • 2nd edition (BS&H): January 15, 22, 29 and February 5
    13:00-16:00 - room C4, campus Diepenbeek 
  • 3rd edition (M&LS): February 19 & 26 and March 4 & 11
    9:00-12:00 - room C21 (February 19, March 4 and March11) and room C20 (February 26) , campus Diepenbeek
  • 4th edition (S&T): September 2, 9, 16 & 22, 2016
    9:00-12:00 - room C4, campus Diepenbeek
  • 5th edition (BS&H and DS M&LS): September 2, 9, 16 & 22, 2016
    13:00-16:00 - room C4, campus Diepenbeek


  • DS S&T (edition 4): registration closed since August 10.
  • DS BS&H and DS M&LS (edition 5): registration closed since August 13.
  • 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.