autumn 2023
FSK-8002 Scientific writing – why and how? - 3 ECTS

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 candidates from UiT and other universities in Norway may be admitted to the course. PhD candidates not registered at UiT must upload a document from their university, stating that there are registered PhD candidates. 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 overlap

If you pass the examination in this course, you will get an reduction in credits (as stated below), if you previously have passed the following courses:

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

Course content

Through lectures and assignments, the course will give basic skills in writing, reviewing and publishing of 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.

This course has a mandatory pre-assignment, where all participants have to submit a draft of one of their own manuscripts prior to course start. 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 candidates´s manuscript will be constructively reviewed by a mentor from the research field and receive feedback during group work with fellow PhD candidates.

Recommended prerequisites

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

Objectives of the course


  • know how to communicate research in a written format
  • know the structure of a scientific article
  • know the guidelines and practices behind authorship & the publishing process
  • know the peer-review criteria in evaluating manuscripts


  • how to write scientific articles and present research results in form of figures
  • how to give constructive feed-back to your peers on their writing
  • how to write scienfic English

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 and examination


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:


Examination: Grade scale:
Assignment Passed / Not Passed

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

Manuscript draft Approved – not approved
Revised manuscript draft Approved – not approved
Participation in lectures and seminars (80%), active participation in group work Approved – not approved
UiT Exams homepage

More info about the 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 examination

There will not be a re-sit exam in this course.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 3
  • Course code: FSK-8002
  • Ekstra informasjon
  • PhD students at UiT apply for a seat by registering for classes in StudentWeb before 1 September. The registration starts 15 June.
    Other applicants apply for admission through SøknadsWeb before 1 June with the application code 9301. For applicants who are granted a seat, a study right will be created, and these applicants apply for a seat by registering for classes 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.

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