autumn 2021
FSK-8002 Scientific writing – why and how? - 3 ECTS

Last changed 22.10.2021

Application deadline

PhD students at UiT register for classes and exam in StudentWeb before 1 September. The registration starts in middle of May.

Other applicants apply for admission through SøknadsWeb before 1 June. Application code: 9301. Applicants who are granted a seat, needs to register for classes and exam in StudentWeb before 1 September.

The study right gives the applicant admission to register to other open PhD courses or apply for a seat to PhD courses where entry is limited.

Type of course

Multi-disciplinary course. The course can be taken as a singular course.

Admission requirements

Application code 9301.

This course is aimed at PhD candidates from all scientific disciplines, but is open for postdoc fellows if seats are available. If PhD candidates aim to include the credits from the course in your 30 mandatory PhD ECTS you should discuss it with your supervisor. 

PhD students from UiT and other universities in Norway may be admitted to the course. PhD students not registered at UiT 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.

Proficiency in English must be documented - list of countries

Proficiency in English - PhD level studies

Maximum 30 participants. 

If more than 30 applicants, priority will be given as follows:  

  • Participants admitted to the PhD programme at UiT that are in the 2. -  4.year of their PhD project 
  • Participants admitted to the PhD programme at UiT that that are in the first year of their PhD project  
  • Participants in the Associate Professor programme (Førstelektorprogrammet) 
  • PhD candidates from other universities  
  • People with a minimum of a Master´s degree (or equivalent), who have not been admitted to a PhD programme. Holders of a Master´s degree must upload a Master´s Diploma with Diploma Supplement / English translation of the diploma and must document proficiency in English. A detailed list of various criteria to qualify for English language proficiency can be found here: English proficiency 

Please contact Ingjerd Gauslaa Nilsen at the BFE-faculty if you have troubles or questions regarding registration to the course.  

The course will be cancelled if less than 10 participants. 

Course content

Through lectures and assignments, the course will give basic skills in writing, reviewing and publishing scientific articles. Course participants will learn more about the guidelines and practices behind authorship, the general process of publishing, how to use sources and open research data. During group work, participants will practice their skills in how to structure and edit scientific text, as well as to practice the process of peer-reviewing.

Be aware that this course has a pre-assignment, i.e. all participants have to submit a draft of one of their own manuscripts prior to course start. This will be the basis for many of the assignments and group work. The manuscript may be at an early or late stage, but should be more than just a collection of bullet points. This is a great opportunity for PhD candidates to progress in their writing process and significantly improve the manuscripts throughout the course. Each student´s manuscript will be constructively reviewed by a mentor of their research field and get feedback during group work with their fellow PhD students.

Recommended prerequisites

GEN-8001 Take Control of your PhD Journey: From (p)reflection to Publishing

Objectives of the course


  • communicate research in written format (including tables and figures) 
  • know the structure of a scientific article and the writing process 
  • know the guidelines and practices behind authorship & the publishing process 
  • know the peer-review criteria in evaluating manuscripts 


  • present research results in written format and in form of figures in an understandable way 
  • learn to give constructive feed-back to your peers on their writing  
  • peer-review of manuscripts 
  • refine your scientific English skills 

General competence: 

  • evaluate and edit your own and others scientific text 
  • reflect on your role as an author in presenting and publishing your scientific work 
  • understand the relationship between knowledge and communicating knowledge 

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures, practical exercises, and group work.

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is open for inbound exchange student who meets the admission requirements, including prerequisites. Please see the Admission requirements" and the "Prerequisite" sections for more information.

Do you have questions about this course?  Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty:


Home exam: peer-review of a pre-print manuscript. Evaluation: Pass/Fail 

Coursework requirements:

  • Required pre-assignment: submission of manuscript draft that is at an early or late stage prior to the course lectures  
  • Second assignment (after course lectures): submission of revised manuscript draft based on feedback by mentor & fellow students 
  • Minimum 80% participation on lectures and seminars, active participation in the group work 

Re sit exam: There will not be arranged a re-sit exam for this course 


  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 3
  • Course code: FSK-8002