The Language Centre offers support with both Academic Writing and Communication Skills.

In-Sessional English classes are designed for students whose first language is not English and who have started their degree studies. We offer general sessions for all international students, as well as some sessions specifically related to your degree subject.

For more information about the sessions and to book a place, please view the sections below. Please note that each session is repeated so there are two dates.

Academic Writing Skills: General

These sessions are for any academic subject/discipline. For more information about the sessions and to book a place, see below. Please note that each session is repeated so there are two dates. 

Session 1: Responding to a writing task: Focusing on the question & organisation

  • 5 October, 9.00am UK time
  • 9 November, 9.00am UK time

Session 2: Using sources to support your writing (including writing in our own words & citing & referencing conventions)

  • 12 October
  • 16 November

Session 3: Making your writing more academic

  • 19 October
  • 23 November

Session 4: Organising your writing: within & between paragraphs

  • 26 October
  • 30 November

Session 5: Critical Thinking

  • 2 November
  • 7 December

Session 6: Proofreading & Editing

  • 4 November
  • 9 December
Academic Writing Skills: Specific Disciplines

These sessions are tailored for a selection of specific disciplines. Here, we will look at sample writing from your subject so you can familiarise yourself with academic writing conventions. For more detail about the content of the sessions and how to book a place, see below. Dates are TBC and will start at 9am UK time.

MSc Clinical Pharmacology  

  • Session 1: Focusing on Assignments, Organisation & Referencing 

MSc Drug Discovery & Development

  • Session 1: Focusing on Assignments, Organisation & Referencing

MLitt English Literary Studies

  • Session 1: Addressing the topic & organizing your writing (macro & micro)
  • Session 2:  Academic vocabulary, Citations & Referencing, Critical thinking

MSc Geographical Information Systems

  • Session 1:  Organising your writing
  • Session 2:  Communication skills:  Effective Presentations

MSc Global Subsea Engineering

  • Session 1:  Writing a report 
  • Session 2:  Writing a report

MSc Medical Physics

  • Session 1:  Focusing on Assignments, Organisation & Referencing

MSc Medical Imaging

  • Session 1:  Focusing on Assignments, Organisation & Referencing

MMus

  • Session 1: Approaching your assignments & Organization (macro & micro)

MSc Public Health

  • Session 1: Focusing on Assignments & Organization
  • Session 2: Using Sources, Citations & Referencing
  • Session 3: Organising your writing (micro)
  • Session 4:  Critical (Reading) &Thinking 
Academic Communication Skills

These sessions are for students who would like to develop their academic communication skills in English. This could be, for example, seminar discussions, presentations, speaking with your lecturers and fellow classmates.

For more information about the sessions and to book a place, see below. Please note that each session will be repeated so there are two dates. Dates are TBC and will start at 9am UK time.

  • Session 1: How to make professional and effective online presentations maximize your potential via computer/zoom and other online platforms.
  • Session 2: Speaking skills: Presentation language
  • Session 3: Intonation and pronunciation strategies and practice
  • Session 4: Debate and discussion skills. Presenting your ideas effectively in a multicultural academic group setting online and face to face.
  • Session 5: How to structure your writing and articulate this during speech/discussion.