Curricular education at VU Amsterdam

When your students have to write their research report in English, you want them to have all the support and preparation they need. We provide courses that fit into your programme perfectly. Courses that encourage your students to take an active approach from the very start – preferably with a focus on their own research topic.

  • Bachelor’s and Master’s phase
  • Focus on active learning
  • Fully integrated into your programme

  • Marja makes your words work.
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  • Lian
  • Mathilde
  • Annette
  • Marijke
  • David
  • Olet
  • Joop
  • Sofieke
  • Judith
  • Sam
  • Philip
  • Rob
  • Ellen
  • Suzanne
  • Paul
  • Marijke
  • Jane
  • Marja
  • Anouk
  • Eric
  • Christine
  • Janneke
  • Sanne
  • Karla

Practical information

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Who is it for?

Programme heads and other VU staff who design degree programmes.

Dates and times

We will determine the dates, times and course volume in consultation with you.


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Most of our curricular courses are worth 2 or 3 credits. We are happy to consult you about the study load and to discuss how our course can contribute to the programme component you have in mind.


The cost of a course on presentation or academic writing as part of your programme will depend on your wishes and the size of the group. Would you like to know more? Just fill in our contact form or call us on 020 - 598 64 20. We will be happy to schedule a free consultation without any obligation.

Curricular education at VU Amsterdam

Scientific writing as part of a degree programme

Taalcentrum-VU also provides courses as part of the curriculum of various Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The focus of these courses is on academic writing and presenting in English.

We work with each programme to assess the learning goals, the level of the students and the available space in the curriculum. We can offer a tried-and-tested course such as Scientific Writing in English at Master’s level or customise a course to suit your specific needs. From a short, sharp presentation workshop to an intensive course on writing a research report in English. We are keen to help you find a seamless fit between our presentation and scientific writing in English courses and the rest of your curriculum.

Programme components

BACHELOR’S PHASE: Scientific Writing in English
  • Five 3-hour sessions
  • Equips students to write their research report in English
  • Extensive feedback on Introduction, Methods and Results, and Discussion
BACHELOR’S PHASE: Introduction to Academic Writing (internship programme)
  • Five 3-hour seminar sessions
  • Focus on academic language and text structure
  • Extensive feedback on the Introduction to the internship report, with useful tips and checklists for Methods and Results, and Discussion
BACHELOR’S PHASE: Introduction to Academic English (practicals)
  • One preparatory lecture on Canvas and two 1-hour practicals
  • Key aspects of academic English
  • Final essay assignment set in close cooperation with the programme
MASTER’S PHASE: Scientific Writing in English
  • Eight 3-hour sessions
  • Students get to grips with the entire writing process in sessions throughout the educational block
  • Extensive feedback on Introduction, Methods and Results, and Discussion
MASTER’S PHASE: Writing a Research Proposal
  • Six 2-hour sessions
  • Students get to work on their own research proposal
  • Individual feedback on Problem Definition, Relevance and Summary
MASTER’S PHASE: Presenting
  • Two 2-hour sessions
  • Focus on pronunciation, intonation, word choice and varied use of language
  • Students work on their own presentation

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