English for Academic Purposes -Writing

Practical Information

Start dates September, February, May
Number of lessons 6
Day(s) and time(s) see Timetable & Registration
Registration fee € 200 for students and staff of Leiden University
€ 260 for others
Entry level C1
Language of instruction English

Course Description

During this course students will learn to write academic texts. They will learn to use the correct reference, grammar and style in their texts. In addition, they will learn how to use dictionaries and thesauruses with the help of an electronic toolbox in Blackboard. Students will be able to use correct collocations, punctuation and word formations. They will learn to structure their thoughts in paragraph formatting. They will also learn to write introduction, discussion and conclusion sections of academic essays. They will learn to express themselves in a cohesive, coherent and logical way in order to signpost their audience. They will be made aware of the dangers of plagiarism and will do some thorough training to avoid this issue.

Course Material


Referencing and Understanding Plagiarism (2009)
Author(s) Kate Williams & Jude Caroll
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Available at

Van Stockum


Title Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Tasks and Skills
Author(s) John M. Swales & Christine B. Feak
Publisher University Michigan Press
Available at

Van Stockum

The course material is not included in the registration fee. Course participants are required to purchase course materials themselves.

Target Group and Admission Requirements

This course is open to MA students or BA students who have succesfully completed one of the following courses: English for Academic Purposes for BA Students, English 5, English 6, or Legal English for Bachelors.

Others are required to take an entrance test to see if their knowledge is sufficient. You can simply complete the online placement test at home. When you are in doubt, contact us: 071 - 5272332 / talencentrum@hum.leidenuniv.nl

If you wish, you may also take the test at the reception desk of the Academic Language Centre on working days between 9:00 and 15:30 o'clock. It is not necessary to make an appointment. 


Further Information

Last Modified: 09-08-2017