PROM-4 Writing a Scientific Article in English

Course type


Course load

84 hours


September – December 2021

Hours per meeting   

2 hours (regular course); 3 hours (intensive course)


Sören Johnson - 015 278 2793 -

Dr. Nadia van Pelt - 015 278 9853 -


NB: We hope to offer this course on campus in the fall. We will provide information as soon as available.
We also hope to offer the intensive version again in spring 2022.

The aim of PROM-4 is to improve your ability to write a scientific article in English.  During the course, you will develop and revise an article that you are working on. Though the course focuses on technical, scientific English, it will also be useful for people writing about non-technical subjects.

Course description
The course consists of ten two-hour sessions (regular course) or seven three-hour sessions (intensive course). As we look at various aspects of the writing process and at specific language problems, the process of writing, the structure of a scientific article, and the use of clear and effective language, you will write and revise different sections of your article. Topics will include:

  • The writing process;
  • Academic English—word choice and diction;
  • Structuring a paper;
  • Correcting common errors;
  • Using English paragraphs;
  • Writing effective academic sentences;
  • Appropriate transitions and connecting words;
  • Proper verb tenses;
  • Clarity and conciseness.

Attention will be paid to various aspects of writing, such as ordering information in the sentence, creating flow between sentences, and using parallel structures, with the ultimate goal of clear, effective scientific communication. Throughout the course, feedback will be given on the basis of your own writing, to help you to recognize and work on language problems you may have. The sessions are highly interactive, and there is room in the programme to deal with specific issues raised by participants.
In most cases, by the end of the course, you will have shared most of your article with the instructor and peers for evaluation and feedback. In the event that you haven’t been able to do this, you will have the opportunity of submitting your completed article to the instructor for evaluation and feedback within six months.
As the course uses your material for review, it will only be useful when you already have some research results and are ready to write. For the intensive (7-week) course, you need to have both your results and a draft article to work on.

Registration and cost
The courses take a maximum of 12 participants and fill on a first-come first-served basis.
To participate in this course you need to demonstrate a high level of English (C1/C2). To do this, you need to score sufficiently high on the English Section’s Placement test (dates announced on our webpage). If you have recently taken another test (such as IELTS), you may submit the results of that test as proof of your level.  In addition, students who have successfully completed “EAP-3” (wm1101) with a grade of 7 or higher may enroll directly in Prom-4 (please contact your EAP-3 instructor for a recommendation).
To register for the Placement test, click here.

If you are a PhD candidate at TU Delft, the Graduate School will pay your course fee. The course book, not included in the course fee, costs €30. For participants who are not in the TU Delft Graduate School (e.g., lecturers, or researchers at IHE), the course fee is €600. If you are associated with the TU Delft, your department will pay with a baancode; external researchers will receive an invoice.

Schedule: regular and intensive groups
Lessons of our regular PROM-4 course start in the second week of term and continue for ten weeks, generally with a two-week break during free and exam weeks. In addition to our regular 10-week groups, we also offer intensive groups, which meet for seven weeks, three hours per week.
The total amount of homework is the same for both types of groups, so participants in the intensive groups should expect to spend more hours per week on their homework assignments. Join an intensive group only if you already have all your results and are actively writing (or revising) an article.

Course Dates and Times:

We will offer four groups in the fall term of 2021, starting in the second week of the semester.

  • Group 1: Mondays 13:30-15:30, starting September 6 and ending 29 November (no lessons 25 October, 1 November)
  • Group 2: Wednesdays 10:30-12:30, starting September 8 and ending 1 December (no lessons 27 October, 3 November)
  • Group 3: Wednesdays 13:30-15:30, starting September 8 and ending 1 December (no lessons 27 October, 3 November)
  • Group 4: Thursdays 10:30-12:30, starting September 9 and ending 2 December (no lessons 28 October, 4 November)

NB: This is a tentative schedule. If we teach online (or in a hybrid form), the course will last eleven sessions, and we will divide the class into smaller groups for peer review. As soon as we know more, we will post information on Brightspace.

To take this (or any English course), you need to first take our placement test (or have a recommendation from your previous English teacher). In addition, you need to have sufficient results and a draft article ready before the start of the seminar.

Dates and times may change.

Secretary ITAV
Tel.: 015 27 83646

Click here for answers to almost any question (FAQ) you might have about Prom-4.