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HEL-8026 Scientific Writing and Publishing in Health Sciences - 2 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Health Sciences

Type of course

PhD course. This course is available as a singular course.

Course contents

The course aims at enhancing and improving the writing skills of those already familiar with the process. It contains lectures, group work, discussions in plenum and individual assignments. Lecture topics include;

Application deadline

Application deadline is December 1st. Application code 9304 in Søknadsweb.

PhD students and students at the Medical Student Research Program at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway apply by registering for class in Studentweb by January 10th

Those who are admitted to the course must register for exam by February 1st.

Admission requirements

In order to apply for this course you must be registered as a PhD student or a be enrolled at a Medical Research Programme (forskerlinje) at a university. Valid documentation is a statement from your institution that you are a registered student this academic year (this may be a Screen shot from your page in StudentWeb if you are enrolled at a Norwegian university).

For more information regarding PhD courses at the Faculty of Health Sciences go to:

The course has a capacity of 20 students.

If there are more applicants than available spaces, PhD and "forskerlinje" students at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway will be given priority.


Recommended prequisites: The student should have started writing the first paper of the PhD-thesis.

Objective of the course

Knowledge and understanding

On successful completion of the course, the student should:


Skills and abilities

On successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:


Judgement and approach

On successful completion of the course, the student should:

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The course will include didactic teaching including lectures and power-point presentations, small and large group-working and interactive discussions and feedback sessions. There will be a mixture of teacher-led and student-led activities throughout each day of the course, and students will be expected to take an active and dynamic part in all coursework. Individual reading towards knowledge assimilation will also be a requirement, and pre-coursework in the form of submitting an abstract before the course and providing feedback to other students.


Work Requirements


A written, individual home assignment (essay) (2000-3000 words), on a self-chosen topic.  The topic should be related to the student`s PhD thesis.  Language: English.  The students will be given two weeks to write the paper.

Grading scale:  passed/not passed

No re-sit examination is given as the course is given continuously.

Course overlap

FSK-8002 Communicating Science Module 1: Scientific writing 1 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus

Recommended reading (compulsory):

Belcher WL. Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks. SAGE Publications, Inc 2009.

Goodman NW, Edwards MB, Langdon-Neuner E. Medical Writing - A Prescription for Clarity. 4th Ed, Cambridge University Press 2014.

Matthews JR, Matthews RW. Successful scientific writing. A step-by-step guide for the biological and medical sciences. 4th Ed. Cambridge University Press2014.

Staw JA. Unstuck: A Supportive and Practical Guide to Working Through Writer's Block. St. Martins Press-3pl 2005.

Lectures Spring 2017
See schedule (timeplan) and Fronter for details.
Lectures f.aman. Tormod Ola Brenn
prof. II Alexandra Jutta Krettek