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Academic Writing Development and Research - PGCert

Course Description

The Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Writing Development offers a new type of qualification aimed at graduates and professionals interested in studying, researching and teaching writing. The course focuses on writing, rhetoric and literacies research and on the ways this research informs the teaching of writing. The programme is based upon Coventry University’s international reputation in the teaching of academic writing at the Centre for Academic Writing.


As part of the programme, you will be:
-Teaching academic writing;
-Supporting the research writing of academics and other professionals;
-Developing professional academic writing development techniques;
-Writing programme management and development.

As students on the Academic Writing course you will be able to:
-Teach academic writing to students;
-Develop and manage a writing programme;
-Support professional academic writing for publication, including publication-writing in English as an additional language.


Mandatory modules
-Teaching Academic Writing
-Supporting Academics, Postgraduates and Professionals in Writing for Publication
-Forms and Practices of Disciplinary Writing
-Writing Programme Development and Management


The programme will be delivered in both part-time and full-time modes. In part-time mode, it will involve blended learning, including one four-day face-to-face session and on-line seminars for each module. In full-time mode, it will involve classroom (lectures, seminars, and workshops) delivery at Coventry University. Each module is worth 15 credits.

Students can enrol for the PG Certificate as this is a qualification aim in its own right. In addition, the PG Certificate serves as a fall back award for students who aim for the Diploma but do not pass enough modules to achieve that award.

Assessment is normally completed at or soon after the end of the ten weeks of teaching for all 15-credit modules.

The 1 year full-time course is campus based, and the 1 year part-time course is a blended learning mode. For international students, the 1 year full-time option only is available.

Visit the Academic Writing Development and Research - PGCert page on the Coventry University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Successful applicants must normally hold a second class honours degree or equivalent. Any candidates with degrees across the Humanities, Social Sciences and (Applied) Sciences, and with an interest in academic writing, are welcome to apply.

Last Updated

24 April 2017

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