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Scientific Writing and Communication Seminar

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Course content

The course aims to provide the students with theoretical knowledge about various elements of scientific writing, practical experience on text editing, and provide the students with tools to improve their scientific texts, and communicate orally research results in a good way.

The course is intended to convey understanding of how to organize a scientific manuscript, how to improve on all parts of the text, including clear writing, and how to write an informative and convincing cover letter. The course will also present and discuss what is good research communication.

The course covers how to organize ideas, results and messages in a scientific paper; how to improve on titles and abstracts; how to present a clear problem statement, and present practical tips on punctuation, grammar and numbering in a text. The course also provides the students with knowledge on how to communicate research in a good way.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course, the student should have:

Knowledge regarding:

- How to structure a scientific manuscript

- How to identify parts of a scientific text that would benefit from improvement

- English punctuation and numbering

- Content of a precise and covering title

- How to formulate a problem statement

- Structure and content of a good abstract

- Structure and content of informative and convincing cover letters

- Important principles for communicating research data

Skills - The student knows how to:

- Structure a scientific manuscript

- Improve on the title at presentation of scientific data

- Improve a manuscript abstract

- Formulate a precise problem statement and an informative and covering manuscript title

- Improve on a manuscript text regarding grammar, punctuation and numbering

- Improve on own communication of research data

General competencies:

- The student knows how to evaluate scientific texts and suggests improvements with respect to clear writing, and precision with respect to the text content.

- The student is familiar with literature on recommendations for good scientific writing

- The student is conscious about how scientific data is communicated and knows tools to improve on own presentations.

Study period

May 22.-23. 2023

Credits (ECTS)

2 ECTS credits

Specific terms



Recommended previous knowledge

Good skills in English writing

Form of assessment

Mandatory presence in at least 80% of the lectures. Active participation in group work and discussions. Mandatory hand in of assignments. Mandatory pre-course reading.


Who may participate

Candidates at all PhD programs at UoB. And external students applying for approval as visiting student at the Faculty of Medicine (hospitantstudierett) at the University of Bergen.

Additional information


Kjetil Harkestad

Course coordinators:
Vandana Ardawatia

Harsh Dongre

Academic responsibility

Elisabeth Wik

Reading list

The reading list will be ready by June 1st for the autumn semester and by December 1st for the spring semester.

Course location

Bergen, campus Haukeland


Exam information

Study period

May 22.-23. 2023