autumn 2018

FSK-8002 Communicating Science Module 1: Scientific writing - 3 ECTS

Sist endret: 01.03.2019

The course is provided by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics


Tromsø |

Application deadline

For PhD students at UiT: 1 September(application through StudentWeb)

For other applicants: 1 September (application through SøknadsWeb)

When the course is fully subscribed, you may sign up for a waiting list. Contact Arve Lynghammar ( and include your background information (PhD candidate/PostDoc/Master student and faculty affiliation).

Contact Ingjerd Gauslaa Nilsen at BFE Faculty, UiT, if you have troubles or questions regarding registration to the course:

Type of course

Multi-disciplinary course.

Admission requirements

PhD students or holders of a Norwegian master´s degree of five years or 3+ 2 years (or equivalent) may be admitted. PhD students must upload a document from their university stating that there are registered PhD students. This group of applicants does not have to prove English proficiency and are exempt from semester fee.

Holders of a Master´s degree must upload a Master´s Diploma with Diploma Supplement / English translation of the diploma. Applicants from listed countries must document proficiency in English. To find out if this applies to you see the following list:

Proficiency in English must be documented - list of countries


For more information on accepted English proficiency tests and scores, as well as exemptions from the English proficiency tests, please see the following document:

Proficiency in english - PhD level studies

This course is aimed at PhD students and researchers from all scientific disciplines, but is open for others. Master/bachelor students are welcome to apply but they will not be able to get credits. If you aim to include the credits from the course in your 30 mandatory PhD ECTS you should discuss it with both your supervisor and your faculty.

Maximum 30 participants.

If more than 30 applicants, priority will be given as follows: 1. Participants admitted to the PhD programme at UiT 2. Participants in the Associate Professor programme (Førstelektorprogrammet) 3. PhD candidates from other universities 4. People with a minimum of a Master´s degree (or equivalent), who have not been admitted to a PhD programme

The course will be cancelled if less than 20 participants.

Course content

The course will give basic skills in research communication in the form of scientific articles and presentations. The course will focus on the peer-reviewing and publishing process. In addition, we hope to help in creating a constructive, social network of PhD students. See updated information at High North Academy.

Objectives of the course


  • communicate research both in written and oral formats
  • know the structure of a scientific article and the writing process
  • know the peer-reviewers criteria in evaluating manuscripts
  • basic presentation techniques


  • prepare and present research results both in written and oral formats in an engaging and understandable way
  • learn to give constructive feed-back to your peers on their writing and presentations
  • refine your scientific English skills
  • peer-review articles

General competence:

  • evaluate and edit own and others scientific text
  • prepare and present a scientific presentation at scientific conferences
  • understand the relationship between knowledge and communicating knowledge

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The teaching on the course will be a combination of theory and practical exercises in text editing, peer-reviewing and presentation techniques. Groups of four students with similar scientific background will be led by an experienced scientist. Through regular meetings, each students manuscript will be evaluated and given constructive critique by all members of the group. The aim is to significantly improve your own manuscripts.

  • Deadline for pre-work manuscript delivery: 2 October 2018
  • Lectures in week 42 from 16-19 October 2018
  • Deadline for delivery of revised manuscript (group work): 14 November 2018
  • Deadline for delivery of peer-review (exam): 21 November 2018
  • Group-work weeks 43-45 on a schedule decided by the groups themselves (about 40 hours)


Written home exam: peer-review of a manuscript. Evaluation: Pass/Fail

Coursework requirements: In order to take the exam, all students must participate in the group work.

Re sit exam: There will not be arranged a re-sit exam.


Course overlap

HEL-8026 Scientific Writing and Publishing in Health Sciences 1 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus

Will be made available on Fronter.

Elina Halttunen

Elina Halttunen

Telefon: +4777646067

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Nilsen, Ingjerd Gauslaa

Telefon: +4777646018