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Research Writing in the Sciences - Mon, 28 Oct to Fri, 22 Nov

For postgraduate students in science, engineering and health sciences.

Are you a senior postgraduate student (Masters or PhD) who is currently, or will soon be, preparing to publicly share some aspect of your research?

 Do you want to:

  • Increase your confidence in writing in the sciences?
  • Broaden your skills in navigating the scientific literature?
  • Understand the academic publishing process?
  • Know more about communicating science to various audiences?


Then sign up for the next short course running from:

28 October – 22 November 2019 (The deadline for application is 18 October 2019.)

* non-credit bearing UCT short course


Research Writing in the Sciences is an opportunity to engage in different forms of scientific reading and writing. The core focus of the course will include writing for journal publication, peer-review, and engaging through writing, with a public audience. Thesis writing is thus not the focus of this course.

The course is based on blended learning: the four weeks of interactive online learning is interspersed with four compulsory mornings of workshops that require pre-reading and preparation; and four voluntary writing-together afternoons. There will be a substantial online component based on the contact sessions.

  Who is eligible?

Senior postgraduate students (M and PhD) in Science, Health Science, and Engineering. You will gain the most from the course if you are currently, or will soon be, preparing to publicly share some aspect of your research.


What is expected of you?

Your participation will be reflected in: your engagement with the online course material; preparation for contact sessions using the online resources; participation in the contact sessions; contribution to online peer-review tasks; and completion of the three goal-related assignments. The purpose of the peer-review tasks will be to give and receive constructive feedback.


The writing tasks will focus on:

  • writing an introduction, method, results, discussion, and conclusion
  • writing an abstract
  • writing a popular science article

   Writing tasks:

The purpose of the writing tasks is to give you an opportunity to practice science writing and to receive feedback from the course facilitators and fellow participants. As the course is developmentally focused and includes students at various levels of postgraduate study, the assignments will be peer-reviewed by course facilitators and fellow participants and focus on offering guidance on your writing. You will leave the course with a working draft of your chosen product. The writing tasks will form a foundation from which you can build your research portfolio and disseminate your research in the future.

 Who is involved?

The course is facilitated and presented by academic staff in the Language Development Group in CHED. Guest speakers from the Science, EBE, and Health Science Faculties will contribute to some of the sessions. UCT Libraries and the Writing Centre are also involved.


Supported by CHED-generated funding, Research Writing in the Sciences is offered at a minimal cost of R300 per student. You are encouraged to approach your department/supervisor to sponsor your attendance.  You will also need to obtain approval from your supervisor for the time to participate in the course.


When and where?

  Online (through Vula): 28 Oct - 22 Nov '19

Workshop mornings:

28 Oct (9:00–13:30)

04 Nov (9:00–13:30)

11 Nov (9:00–13:30)

18 Nov (9:0013:00)

Writing afternoons:

30 Oct (13:00–16:00)

06 Nov (13:00–16:00)

13 Nov (13:00–16:00)

20 Nov (13:00–16:00)

Venue: Hoerikwaggo building, Classroom 3C & 3A, Upper Campus

 How to apply:

Please follow this link Research Writing in the Sciences to submit the online application form. The deadline for application is 18 October 2019. You will be notified thereafter if you have a place on the course. There will be online work from 28 October and the first contact session is on 04 November.  For enquiries, email: sabirah.adams@uct.ac.za.

Monday, October 28, 2019
9:00am - 4:00pm
HOERI3A - Huriǂoaxa (Hoerikwaggo), HOERI3C - Huriǂoaxa (Hoerikwaggo)
Upper Campus
Language Development Group

Event Organizer

Amanda Bessick



Room 2.04  Level 2 Otto Beit Building

University Avenue, Upper Campus

University of Cape Town

Rondebosch 7700


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