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Doctoral academic English

A PhD at The University of Manchester is a long journey – and a challenging one. But we're here to support you with your English writing skills.

We offer writing workshops – delivered through our Faculty training offices – and one-to-one academic writing tutorials.

PhD writing workshops

One-to-one PhD support: Academic writing tutorial service

Individual writing support sessions for PhD candidates

The session was a huge turn around for me. I not only gained better understanding of how to construct paragraphs, sentences and the correct use of grammar but also had better understanding of the use of punctuation as well as good referencing. The session renewed my confidence.

Student / Law, School of Social Sciences

Send us sample of your writing when you book. Then, benefit from a free-of-charge one-hour session with an experienced academic writing tutor, who will give you individual feedback on your specific needs. You will look at structure, referencing, appropriate use of English – and many other areas. 

Tutorials last for up to one hour and you can have one tutorial appointment per semester. Academic writing tutorials are free of charge to students. 

Please note: this is not a proof-reading or correction service and the University Language Centre does not provide such a service. 

How do I book an academic writing tutorial?

Email us a sample piece of your writing and complete the tutorial request form. The writing sample should be a recent piece of coursework or any other piece of your academic work in any stage of its preparation. Your sample must be:

  • 900 -1500 words in length (if it is any longer, please indicate clearly which portion you wish to have considered by highlighting the text)
  • In Word format (we are unable to accept PDF documents)
  • With double spaced lines and page numbers
  • In size 11 or 12 pt. font

If your sample does not meet these criteria, your booking is likely to be delayed. Please email your writing sample to the Tutorials team.

I particularly liked the tutor's approach. The in depth discussion of my work exceeded my original expectation when I, encouraged by Rachel Sinnott, requested a one-to-one appointment with the University Language Centre. The practical advice and guidance I was given to use available resources online are assets that I will use actively during my studies at Manchester.

Student / School Of Medical And Human Sciences

Please bear in mind that we require at least one week's notice of each tutorial appointment so allow yourself plenty of time if you are working to a submission deadline. Please also be aware that the notice period may be a little longer, particularly during busy periods when there is high demand from students.

Once your tutorial request form and writing sample have been received, you will receive an email offering you a choice of appointment times.

When your choice has been received, you will need to wait to receive a confirmation email. Your appointment has not been confirmed until you receive this.

If you find that you have to cancel your appointment, please let us know immediately so that the appointment slot can be allocated to another student.  Any failure to attend an appointment without informing us may result in you being denied a tutorial opportunity in the future.

Where will I have my tutorial?

Normally, in the Samuel Alexander Building, but you will be told where your tutor will meet you when your appointment is confirmed.

Can I book more than one appointment?

Normally, we advise that one appointment per semester can be offered (a maximum of 2 across the academic year). However, if you attend an appointment and either your tutor recommends a follow up appointment, or you feel you need further support, you should contact the Programme Support Officer in the first instance to check availability (contact details below). Please note that priority will always be given to those students who have not yet used this service.

Please quote your full name and student ID number in all correspondence.

General data protection regulations

The University needs to collect, maintain and use personal data in order to process your registration for classes. It is important that you read our students, applicants and offer holders privacy notice, to understand how we process your personal information.

If you have any queries regarding the service, please contact the Academic Support Programmes officer:

Alternatively, you can refer to the frequently asked questions document below:

FAQs - academic writing tutorial service (PDF)

Tutorial request form