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English for Academic Research

The overarching aim of this course is to improve the productive (speaking and writing) skills of students for academic purposes with particular reference to participating in seminars, and writing a Master’s thesis in English. Two broad subsidiary aims are to increase students’ confidence in the use of academic English, and to provide them with an awareness of tools and resources for continued self-study and enhancement of their abilities. Throughout the course, students analyze texts from their own research field.

When making an application, note that the course is given in both period 1 and period 2. There are separate applications for each period.

Information on registration spring 2023


If you are admitted and have accepted an offer of a place, please note that you also need to register in January (for both periods). Registration is mandatory and will be open in Ladok for admitted students between 3 - 8 January. You need to register on time to confirm and keep your place.

Registration is done online. Once you have an activated university account, you can register online through Ladok if you are accepted to the course without conditions.

Ladok for students

If you are conditionally admitted, the conditions have to be fulfilled in order to register and start the course. Contact our Student Affairs Office in January when registration opens, if you have questions, and by 4 January at the latest.


After registration or before the course starts, you will get access to Stockholm university's web-based learning platform Athena where course material from teachers will be made available. You use log-in details on Athena as for your university account.



When you have registered, you also need to selected a group. See under "more information" below on how to select a group through Athena.

  • Course structure

    Course description: Period 1, VT23 (pdf) (181 Kb)

    Course description: Period 2, VT23 (pdf) (182 Kb)

    We do not recommend printing as certain changes can take place before the course starts. Course material will be made available on Athena.

    Teaching format

    The teaching comprises seminars. Attendance at a minimum of 80% of the seminars is required in order to complete the course. Students will often work with different tasks and assignments during the teaching sessions in preparation for the examination. Apart from scheduled teaching, time will be spent reading course literature and completing mandatory assignments.


    Written assignment and written and oral seminar tasks.


    Examiners, spring term 2023:

    Kathrin Kaufhold
    Josep Soler
    Bo Ekelund
    Beyza Björkman Nylén



  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    See instructions for group selection under "more information".

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Chapter 1 in Cooley, L. & Lewkowicz, J. (2003). Dissertation Writing in Practice: Turning Ideas into Text. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. (Available on Athena).

    All other materials will also be provided at the start of the course through Athena. Students will get access to the Athena site for the course after registration.

  • Course reports

  • More information

    Group selection

    You need to register in Ladok by the given deadline to confirm and keep your place on the course.

    When you have completed your registration, you need to select a group. This is done on the platform Athena between 3 - 8 January. You will get access to Athena after you have registered through Ladok but note that it may take a while after registration before the course page appears on Athena.


    Places in each group are limited. Log on to Athena, go into "Plans" and you will find the group selection under "General Information">"schedule and groups".

    Applying within your program

    If the course is obligatory within your master's programme in the humanities at Stockholm University, please note that you need to apply for the course via (or in English) ahead of the relevant term. Priority is given if you apply within the regular application deadlines and if you make the application within your master's programme.

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