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Course module: BMB427006
English for Academic Purposes (online course)
Course info
Course codeBMB427006
ECTS Credits3
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeElective
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Medicine; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Graduate School of Life Sciences, fac. GNK;
Contact persondr. S. Pachis
Contactperson for the course
dr. S. Pachis
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
BMS_P1_A  (06/09/2021 to 12/11/2021)
Teaching period in which the course begins
BMS_P1_A/  BMS_P2_A/  BMS_P2_B/  BMS_P3_A/  BMS_P3_B/  BMS_P4_A/  BMS_P4_B
Time slot-: Timeslot not applicable
Study mode
RemarkElective component course and is a combination of face-to-face education and e-modules.
Enrolment periodfrom 31/05/2021 up to and including 27/06/2021
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Post-registration openfrom 23/08/2021 up to and including 20/09/2021
Waiting listYes
Course placement processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
At the end of the course students will:
  1. have enlarged their academic vocabulary;
  2. have more insight into important grammatical structures;
  3. know what collocations are and how to use them appropriately;
  4. know the structure of an effective presentation;
  5. know what their own strengths and weaknesses are in writing and presenting;
  6. have learned about the most important aspects of academic research writing and how to structure an academic paper;
  7. be better able to write academic papers in English, e.g.:
    • formal style;
    • concise style;
    • cohesive style;
    • proper use of academic vocabulary;
  8. be able to give effective academic presentations in English:
    • opening and closing a presentation;
    • signposting the organisation;
    • referring to visuals;
    • handling questions; 
    • adopting the right posture and using gestures;
    •  involving the audience;
  9. have acquired self-study strategies for independent learning;
  10. have learnt how to give feedback both orally and in writing.
Period (from – till):  Eight times a year, 2 groups per period. The exact dates are displayed in the table below.
For course content related questions or contact with Lecturers, please contact Alison Brown (
For matters regarding the GSLS and course registration, please contact the GSLS course coordinator coupled as contact person to this course.

Teachers from Babel Talen, Utrecht

Course description
The Babel Language Institute organises an 'English for academic purposes' course specifically for Life Sciences students. You can take this course as part of your elective component.

You will learn how to write academic texts and give academic presentations in English. It is important to note that academic presenting and writing have their own style, and while you may already be able to write and present general information, this course will take your skills a step further.

You will look at formality, vocabulary, sentence types, and the way that academic information is normally presented to readers and listeners. There are patterns to this and established conventions and ways of writing and speaking in academic science. Your teacher will help you to understand these so you can produce your own academic writing with confidence. You can work on your own texts and receive feedback on these texts.

This course prepares you for writing academic research (either as a thesis or as part of further study) and will help you to present your findings professionally at conferences and to others in your field. These are important skills for a career in science.

During the course period, 7 meetings of 2 hours will take place, alongside which students will have to complete 3 e-learning modules. Students need to invest 3-5 hours of self-study per week. A list with all the exact dates for the meetings during the whole year can be found in Osiris. All meetings are scheduled from 19:15-21:15h.

Students will pass the course if they attend at least 6 meetings, have given a presentation, completed all the e-learning modules, and have handed in a paper.

Literature/study material used
Textbook (Science Research Writing), e-learning modules and where appropriate, PDFs or weblinks (for example to grammar exercises) will be shared with students with supplementary information or materials.
Registration for the courses will be through OSIRIS Student. If the number of registrations exceeds the number of spots, students will be selected by lottery. In the table below the corresponding registration periods for each edition have been added under the group number, to indicate which one you should use when registering via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide.
The maximum number of participants  per group is 12, the minimum is 4.

Mandatory for students in Master’s programme

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:

Prerequisite knowledge
You need to begin this course with a minimum level of B2+ for both written and spoken English. It is usual to end Dutch secondary education with a level of C1 so it is likely that you will meet this criterion. However, we ask all students to take a placement test before beginning the course to establish this.

Teaching Schedule:

The face-to-face lessons in this course are taught between 19:15 – 21:15. Before the start of the course the teacher (Babel) will send you information about the rooms and the online learning environment for the e-modules.
Group: group 1 group 2 group 3 group 4 group 5 group 6 group 7 group 8
  Monday  Tuesday  Monday  Tuesday  Monday Tuesday Monday Tuesday 
1 06/09/2021 07/09/2021 15/11/2021 16/11/2021 07/02/2022 08/02/2022 25/04/2022 26/04/2022
2 e-module e-module e-module e-module ​​​​​​​e-module ​​​​​​​e-module ​​​​​​​e-module ​​​​​​​e-module
3 20/09/2021 21/09/2021 29/11/2021 30/11/2021 21/02/2022 22/02/2022 09/05/2022 10/05/2022
4 e-module ​​​​​​​e-module ​​​​​​​e-module ​​​​​​​e-module ​​​​​​​e-module ​​​​​​​e-module ​​​​​​​e-module ​​​​​​​e-module
5 04/10/2021 05/10/2021 13/12/2021 14/12/2021 07/03/2022 08/03/2022 23/05/2022 24/05/2022
6 11/10/2021 12/10/2021 20/12/2021 21/12/2021 14/03/2022 15/03/2022 30/05/2022 31/05/2022
7 ​​​​​​​e-module ​​​​​​​e-module ​​​​​​​e-module ​​​​​​​e-module ​​​​​​​e-module ​​​​​​​e-module ​​​​​​​e-module ​​​​​​​e-module
8 25/10/2021 26/10/2021 17/01/2022 18/01/2022 28/03/2022 29/03/2022 20/06/2022 14/06/2022
9 01/11/2021 02/11/2021 24/01/2022 25/01/2022 04/04/2022 05/04/2022 27/06/2022 21/06/2022
10 08/11/2021 09/11/2021 31/01/2022 01/02/2022 11/04/2022 12/04/2022 04/07/2022 28/06/2022
reserve 15/11/2021 16/11/2021 07/02/2022 08/02/2022 25/04/2022 19/04/2022 11/07/2022 05/07/2022
Entry requirements
Prerequisite knowledge
Sufficient knowledge of the English language
Required materials
Instructional formats
Basic lecture


Online Education



Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade-

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