Academic English courses and workshops

We provide free English language courses and workshops that you can study alongside your degree.

If English isn't your first language, we have courses and workshops that could help you to develop your academic English language skills.

Language learning support is also available at the Language Zone, including free resources, regular activities and advice to develop your language skills.

Undergraduate and Masters students


We provide a number of courses to help you develop your skills in the following areas:

  • Academic reading and critical thinking
  • Academic speaking and presentation
  • Academic language development
  • Academic lectures and seminars
  • Grammar for academic writing
  • Academic writing

    Booking for these courses will open in September 2018 and places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

    Individual advice

    You can speak individually with a tutor to get feedback and advice. Appointments are available on Wednesdays 12-2pm and Thursdays 10am-12pm during 16 April - 15 June 2018.

    You can send questions or samples of your work to the tutor beforehand to get the most out of your appointment. Please note however that this isn’t a correction service.

    To book an appointment, send an email to with the title 'Academic Language Advice'. Please include your preferred date and time, and attach a sample of your work if you wish.

    Discovery theme modules (undergraduate students only)

    If you're an undergraduate student whose first language is not English (and you have not previously studied in an English-speaking country), you can choose to study the English for Communication and English for Academic Study Discovery Modules.

    Postgraduate researchers

    During your first year of study (pre-transfer), you are able to study optional courses to help with your academic English language development. We offer courses and workshops at two levels:

    Core language skills level 1

    (We recommend taking these in your first 6 months of study)


    • Grammar review A
    • Grammar review B (to be completed after Grammar review A)
    • Writing purposefully
    • Working with words
    • Becoming a doctoral researcher


    • Academic writing course 1

    Core Language Skills Level 2

    (Available before Transfer)


    • Reading critically to write critically
    • Reading to improve writing
    • What is proofreading?
    • Speaking about your research


    • Academic writing course 2 (Science)
    • Academic writing course 2 (Arts)

      All courses and workshops are repeated throughout the year. If you're not sure what support is right for you,  download and complete our diagnostic test.

      Book your place on a course or workshop