Postgraduate Academic English support

  • If you are a taught postgraduate, a research student or a visiting researcher and your first language is not English, you need to quickly develop the specific academic language knowledge and communication skills needed to perform as effectively as possible in your studies and research.

    Upgrade can help you do this by providing tutorials, free workshops, writing consultations and self-study resources. Please contact for details of workshops running this semester.

    Current workshops

  • This short course aims to help you adapt to reading Academic English texts. The content of the course includes:

    • dealing with reading lists
    • selecting appropriate texts
    • understanding text organisation
    • identifying arguments within texts
    • reading critically

    This short course aims to familiarise you with Academic English writing conventions including:

    • using common academic expressions
    • typical essay structures
    • referencing and citation
    • writing critically

    This short course aims to familiarise you with Academic English speaking at postgraduate level. The content of the course includes:

    • planning and delivering presentations
    • presenting research findings
    • using visual aids effectively
    • making use of signposting expressions
    • participating effectively in seminar discussions

    This short course aims to help you  develop your Academic English writing skills as you approach your dissertation. The content of the course includes:

    • possible dissertation structures
    • identifying a research question
    • writing your introduction
    • writing a literature review
    • structuring a discussion
    • writing critically
  • Tutorials

    If English is not your first language, we can offer free 30-minute tutorials with one of our Academic English specialists. Book a tutorial using our website or email if you would like more information.

    Other courses and workshops

    Upgrade occasionally offers workshops to help you reach your academic potential. Visit our workshops page to find out what's on.