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University Language Centre

Academic Writing

Semester 1 In-sessional writing classes start in October but you can begin attending at any point during the semester

  •  In-sessional classes are free of charge to University of Manchester students and staff.
  • Choose your faculty below and express interest using the links provided (click 'Done' to submit your registration form).
  • After you have expressed interest, you will receive a confirmation email telling you which room the class will be in (subject to available places).
  • Each session is flexible and free-standing (i.e. a new topic will be discussed each week), you can therefore begin attending at any point during the semester.
  • If you are not sure whether these classes would be suitable, you may take the online diagnostic test.

Course description

This course aims to help you to write clear, grammatically accurate and well-organised academic English.  A major focus of the course will be on the language used to express the main communicative functions used at all levels of academic discourse (eg, defining, comparing, describing cause and effect). In addition, some sessions will cover certain common features of academic texts (style, conventions and phraseological patterns). Examples of different types of texts and the language used in them will be examined and discussed, and you will have a chance to practise a series of writing tasks, both individually and, where possible, co-operatively in groups. Classes are broadly discipline specific, but you may attend classes for a different faculty if you feel this would be more suitable/convenient.


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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. 


Please note: due to technical reasons, the links below will only be open Monday-Friday 0930-1700.

Faculty of Science and Engineering

If you miss week 1, or any other weeks of this course, you do not need to worry. A new topic/language point will be discussed each week. Classes are normally flexible but as Semester 1 is very busy, please email insessional@manchester.ac.uk if you wish to change the day and time of your Writing class. 

The same session is repeated multiple times in a week, you should therefore only attend one writing class a week.

 
  • (FSE1) Monday 16.30 - 18.00:                       This class is now full, to be added to the waiting list, please click here.
  • (FSE2) Tuesday 16.30 - 18.00:                      To express interest, please click here.
  • (FSE3) Wednesday 14.30 - 16.00:                 This class is now full, to be added to the waiting list, please click here.
  • (FSE4) Thursday 14.00 - 15.30:                     To express interest, please click here.

Academic Writing Course Outline: FSE 18/19

Faculty of Humanities

If you miss week 1, or any other weeks of this course, you do not need to worry. A new topic/language point will be discussed each week. Classes are normally flexible but as Semester 1 is very busy, please email insessional@manchester.ac.uk if you wish to change the day and time of your Writing class. 

The same session is repeated multiple times in a week, you should therefore only attend one writing class a week.

North Campus

  • (HUM1) Monday 14.00 - 15.30:                       To express interest, please click here.

South Campus 

  • (HUM2) Tuesday 16.30 - 18.00:                      To express interest, please click here.
  • (HUM3) Wednesday 14.00 - 15.30:                 To express interest, please click here.
  • (HUM4) Thursday 16.30 - 18.00:                    To express interest, please click here.

Academic Writing Course Outline: HUM 18/19

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

PhD Students Only 

This course is designed to develop the academic writing skills you need to produce an excellent transition report at the  end of your first year. It will focus on language and organisation in the context of writing for Biology, Medicine and Health. Please see this website for further information: https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/doctoral-academy/training/writing-programme/

  • (FBMH) Tuesday 14.00 - 15.30            

These classes are taught in 'blocks' of three (the blocks are identical so please only choose one). You can register for a block of classes via the Training Catalogue: