Academic Writing in a Research Setting

MET513 Academic Writing in a Research Setting

Spring 2024

Autumn 2024
  • Topics

    • In order to turn a research idea into a text which is able to persuade other researchers of the relevance of the research question(s), the acceptability of the data interpretation and the claims made, it is important to become consciously aware of the linguistic and argumentative tools used in one's discipline. The course focuses on a number of issues (listed below under Topics) pertaining to writing as knowledge construction. The overall aim of the course is to become familiar with the writing practices of the social sciences/economics. Illustrations and exercise material will be drawn from the (sub)disciplines represented in the group. The following topics are included:
    • Academic writing as persuasion
    • The concept of discourse community (who are we writing for, what research community/communities do we belong to?)
    • The role and characteristics of English as a research language
    • Cultural differences in academic writing (linked to discipline/language)
    • Characteristics of research text genres
    • Argumentation patterns and linguistic features linked to reader/writer interaction
    • Interaction with previous research
    • Developing a writer identity
    • The publication process

  • Learning outcome

    Upon completion of the course the candidate:


    • can identify the main differences between language use in everyday contexts and language use in research communication
    • can apply relevant linguistic concepts and terms to analysis of academic texts
    • can account for the main genre characteristics and functions of the various parts of a research article
    • can explain the social constructionist and rhetoric of science traditions in academic writing


    • can reflect on his/her own writing practices
    • can target a text to the intended audience
    • can reflect strategically on publication issues

    General competence

    • is able to communicate research in ways that are appropriate for the text genres used in his or her targeted international academic community

  • Teaching

    The course will be taught through 5 physical lectures at NHH, each lasting 3 hours. The lectures will take place in the period September - October/November.

  • Restricted access

    The course is open to PhD students from other institutions who are able to attend lectures physically at NHH.

  • Required prerequisites

    Students must have produced a research-based text (minimum: master thesis)

  • Compulsory Activity

    - Submission of own text for discussion in class

    - Attendance and active participation in all 5 lectures is expected; minimum attendance requirement is 4 full lectures

    Compulsory activities (work requirements) is valid for one semester after the semester they were obtained.

  • Assessment

    Individual term paper (3 weeks).

    Re-take is offered the semester after the course was offered for students with valid compulsory activities (work requirements).

  • Grading Scale


  • Computer tools


  • Literature

    A selection of articles and book chapters


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Autumn. Offered Autumn 2023.

Course responsible

Professor Trine Dahl, Department of Professional and Intercultural Communication