Writing your Research Article and/or Thesis in English (Bachelor and Master levels)

This course is for Bachelor’s and Master’s students across the university working on research articles and/or theses. For writing courses at the PhD and Postdoc levels, please see:

Writing to Be Published for the Natural Sciences
Writing to Be Published for the Social Sciences and Humanities

This academic writing course is most suitable for students that already have a research topic, have started their research and are preparing to submit an article or thesis towards completion of their degree.

There are 4 contact sessions of 3 hours each, introducing students to the structural and language-related requirements for each section of their intended research output. Home assignments after each session require participants to write a section of their own research article or thesis (approximate time for home assignments: 3 hours between each class).

Additionally, the course incorporates detailed review and feedback by the lecturer and peers, followed by revision of your text to help you to turn your own data and/or concepts into a manuscript that can be submitted.

In this process of writing and revising, the focus is on writing it right: that is, eliminating language that obscures what you want to say and instead using correct and clear expressions that get your message across to the reviewer or examiner.

Course information

Course level
  • Friday 25.10.2019, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 08.11.2019, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 22.11.2019, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 06.12.2019, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Stephan Meyer, MA
Credit points
Registration deadline
Tuesday 22.10.2019
Course fee
Students and PhD candidates: CHF 195.00
University employees: CHF 387.00
Alumni: CHF 387.00

Course materials


How to Write a Thesis; Open University Press 2017; ISBN: 978-0-335-26206-9


Requirements for acquisition of credit points

In order to receive the credit points, candidates will

  • not be absent at all,
  • submit four satisfactory written assignments (if an assignment is unsatisfactory, it may be resubmitted once),
  • read and participate actively in the discussion of other course participants’ texts.

You can get a total of 3 credit points.

Students are assessed by means of a portfolio (pass/fail).


± 180 minutes / week

Certificate of attendance

In order to receive a certificate of attendance (available on request) for this course, you are not allowed to be absent at all.

Placement test

To gain entry to this course, participants must submit a writing sample on at least level C1. You will receive instructions in this regard shortly after registration.

Replacement date

The supplementary replacement date for lessons that might not take place is: 07.12.2019 from 10:00 - 16:00.

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