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Høst 2019

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

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

Type of course

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

Course contents

Through lectures and assignments, the course will give basic skills in writing, reviewing and publishing scientific articles. Some of the practical exercises include text editing, peer-reviewing, assigning authorship and evaluating journals. Prior to the course, you are asked to submit draft of one of your own manuscripts. This manuscript will be the basis for many of the assignments and the groupwork. In the groupwork, ca. four students with similar scientific background will work regularly together on each other´s manuscripts over a whole month, with access to a mentor. Each student´s manuscript will be constructively reviewed by all members of the group. The aim is to significantly improve your own manuscripts.

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Application deadline

PhD students at UiT apply for admission in Studentweb by 1 September.

Other applicants apply for admission in Søknadsweb by 1 September. Application code 9305

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. 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.

The course will be cancelled if less than 20 participants.

Objective of the course



General competence:

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures, practical exercises, and group work.

Course dates:


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

Coursework requirements: Submission of manuscript draft prior to course, Minimum 80% participation on lectures and seminars, active participation in the group work and submission of revised manuscript draft..

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

Date for examination

Take-home assignment hand out date 25.11.2019 hand in date 02.12.2019

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.

Course overlap

HEL-8026 Scientific Writing and Publishing in Health Sciences 1 stp
Lectures Autumn 2019
First attendance: See timeschedule
Teaching post.doc. Andrea Cornelia Gerecht