Writing Research Proposals, Certificate

Writing Research Proposals, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 42 days
    Duration
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During the Writing Research Proposals course, offered by Utrecht University, you will enhance your skills in writing a research proposal in English, both in terms of information elements and language. 

About

During the Writing Research Proposals course, offered by Utrecht University, we will analyze the structure, vocabulary and grammatical structures of research proposals, including word order, articles, verb tenses, punctuation marks, modal verbs, hedging, referencing styles, and the use of transitional words and phrases. We will also address the concept of plagiarism and how to avoid it.

Your own (draft) research proposal will be central to this course. Beside practicing on model research proposals from your own academic domain and doing exercises in grammar and vocabulary topics, you will work on your proposal and receive feedback on this from both your peers and an English expert. At the end of the course, your research proposal will be reviewed both by a content and an English expert.

In addition to improving your English writing skills, you will enlarge your academic vocabulary and gain experience in critical reading. You will learn to better understand your own strengths and weaknesses in writing in English, and be able to familiarize yourself with vocabulary and self-study strategies that will enable you to improve your own writing.

By the end of this Writing Research Proposals course, you will be able to:

  • Display sufficient academic writing skills to write a successful research proposal
  • Correctly structure a research proposal, and be able to assemble the correct information elements 

In particular, you will be able to:

  • Make good use of a range of relevant vocabulary
  • Understand how to recognize and avoid plagiarism
  • Grasp the use of transitional words and phrases
  • Use correct grammar and syntax, e.g. word order, articles, verb tenses and punctuation
  • Work with different referencing styles, and select the correct one for your own proposal
  • Write using an enlarged academic vocabulary
  • Recognize and use modal verbs for hedging
  • Have gained experience in critical reading
  • Be familiar with your own strengths and weaknesses in writing academic English
  • Develop self-study strategies to further improve your own writing

Accreditation

As Writing Research Proposals is a university course, it is covered by academic accreditation. Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a recognized certificate from Utrecht University and the UMC Utrecht.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 42 days
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Credits
    1 ECTS
    1.5 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

Course Topics:
  • Getting started
  • Analysis of model texts parts 1 & 2
  • Analysis of model texts part 3
  • Analysis of model texts part 4
  • Analysis of model texts parts 5 & 6
  • Final proposal

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

To enroll in this course, you need:

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Sufficient proficiency in English reading and writing (B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference)
  • Your own (draft) research proposal (if you do not have this, you will have to spend more time on the course than indicated)

Compulsory study materials

  • 'Practical English Usage' by Michael Swan, Oxford University Press, third revised edition, 2005, ISBN-13: 978-01-94-420983.

Please note

As this is an online course, you do need access to an internet connection in order to be able to complete assignments and communicate with fellow participants.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    385 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 385 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 42 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    385 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 385 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 42 days.
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