Advanced English for Academic Study in Humanities and Social Sciences - PREM6011

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 6 15 (7.5) Manaal Siddiqui checkmark-circle


The module develops students' language skills in relation to English for Academic purposes, with a specific focus on English for Social Sciences and Humanities. This includes the ability to interpret and evaluate discipline-specific academic texts; analyse, discuss, summarise and synthesise written and visual information, both in writing and orally; create and organise subject specific written texts effectively and submit them in grammatically accurate English; present the results of discipline-specific research projects coherently to an educated audience. Demonstrate a critical awareness of different academic cultures.


Contact hours

Contact hours per week: 4 hours seminar/workshop sessions per week. 8.5 hours of self-study

Method of assessment

100% coursework comprising: 2 x 45 minute subject-specific Grammar & Vocabulary in-class test (2x 10%)
Text analysis (1000 words, 25%)
Written assignment (2000-2200 words, 55%)

Indicative reading

Ford, N. (2012) Essential Guide to Using the Web for Research. London: SAGE
Metcalfe, M. (2006) Reading Critically at University. London: SAGE
Swales, J. and C. Feak, (2000). English in Today's Research World: A Writing Guide. Ann Arbor: Michigan UP
Swales, J. & Feak, C. (2012). Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Skills and Tasks (3rd Edition): Ann Arbor: Michigan UP
Wallace, M. and Wray, A. (2011) Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates (2nd Edition).London: Sage Publications Ltd.
Wisker, G. (2007) The Postgraduate Research Handbook: Succeed with your MA, MPhil, EdD and PhD. (2nd Edition). Basingstoke: Palgrave.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, the student will be able to identify and apply appropriate reading strategies for research and writing in Humanities and Social Sciences; engage with and interpret layers of meaning within texts, original papers, reports and data sets; demonstrate sufficient knowledge of language structure to write academic texts in accurate English in Humanities and Social Science research contexts; use appropriate academic register and style for a range of written documents related to Science disciplines ; including reports, case studies, projects, essays, research publications and book reviews; employ language of advanced levels of analysis, evaluation, criticism and argument in written and spoken text and contextualise from a variety of perspectives


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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