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Postgraduate course

Academic writing

  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeBIO300A
  • Number of semesters1
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Teaching semester


This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. Application deadline is Wednesday in week 33 for the autumn semester. Please see this page for more information: https://www.uib.no/en/matnat/53431/admission-courses-limited-capacity

You will receive confirmation of whether you received a spot in Studentweb no later than Tuesday the week after the deadline.

This is a course with limited capacity and will only be offered to Master's programme students at the Department of Biological Sciences.

The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on the Mitt UiB learning platform.

It is mandatory to attend the first lecture.

Objectives and Content

The course will teach students how to write a master thesis, and to repprt research results in various formats. The course is an exercise in scientific writing and collaborating research, and presenting research, and in giving and receiving feedback on texts.

 The course will cover formal genre requirements including text structure, language, tables and figures, citations etc., as well as practical tips to get on with writing. The students will also assess writing styles in published articles, write and present in various formats. We also discuss ethics of science and research, and what meands to be a researcher.

Learning Outcomes

After taking this course the students should be able to:

- write all parts (IMRaD) of a master thesis

- write a theme into a scientific context, with critical use of core scientific literature

- present a research project in collaboration with others and in relevant formats

- present results and data and write them into a text

- write clear academic texts with flow and style

Required Previous Knowledge

Bachelor's degree in biology or equivalent. The course is limited to master programme students at the Department of Biological Sciences.

Forms of Assessment

Portfolio assessment.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade, grade F is a fail.

Course Evaluation

Students will evaluate the course in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the Department. You can find courseevaluations in the Quality Assurance Reports.