MET9011 Advanced Academic Writing

​ECTS credits: 7,5
Student workload: 6 weeks
Level of course: PhD
Course type: Elective
Study locationBodø/Trondheim/other locations
Course coordinator:
Professor Anatoli Bourmistrov, Nord University Business School
Professor Inger Johanne Pettersen, Trondheim Business School/NTNU
Teaching language: English/Scandinavian
Teaching semester: Autumn 2019 - Autumn 2020

Module 1: Bodø October 7th – 9th 2019; 
Module 2: Trondheim March 9th – 11th 2020
Module 3: Bodø August 25th – 27th 2020

Costs for semester registration, participation fee (covering meals) and course literature apply. Doctoral students will have to pay for their travel to/from Bodø/Trondheim and for their stay during the courses.

Course evaluation:
Evaluation using final survey

Course description:
The participants should, during the course seminars, prepare a scientific paper with a quality high enough to be considered for submission to an international "blind-reviewed" journal. The course focuses on a number of issues pertaining to writing as "knowledge construction". The overall aim of the course is to become familiar with the writing practices in the social sciences/economics. Illustrations and exercise material will be drawn from the (sub)disciplines, represented in the course group.

Course coordinator, Professor Anatoli Bourmistrov and Professor Inger Johanne Pettersen, have been involved in educational programs at graduate levels (masters and doctoral levels) on a national and international scale, and they are actively publishing in scientific journals and books. In addition to the main faculty, guest faculty might be involved for the second workshop. During the second workshop, course participants will be divided to work in the field specific groups and get comments from experienced professor in specific fields. Depending upon the research fields of PhD projects and students, several parallel field specific workshops can be organized, e.g. in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship, accounting and management control, international business and marketing, etc.

The course covers the following topics:

  • the craft of research: the structure of academic texts and making proper scientific arguments
  • journal profiling and submission processes
  • the manuscript review process (roles of an author, a reviewer and a journal editor)
  • the participants' own development of a research paper through the processes of manuscript revision

Learning outcomes: 

The candidate...

  • can understand the relationship between problem formulation, research design and developing an academic text
  • is in the forefront of knowledge within the craft of publishing academic work
  • can understand the importance of formulating adequate research problems
  • has knowledge of the main differences between language use in everyday contexts and language use in research communication
  • can understand the process from research to develop an academic text which is publishable in scientific journals
  • has knowledge of relevant linguistic concepts and terms within academic writing
  • has knowledge of the main genre characteristics and functions of the various parts of a research article
  • has knowledge of the social constructionist and rhetoric of science traditions in academic writing
  • be aware of the linguistic and argumentative tools used in one's discipline
  • can evaluate the appropriateness and application of different methods and processes in research and scholarly development projects

The candidate...

  • can turn a research idea into a text
  • can formulate problems, plan and carry out research
  • can carry out research and scholarly research work of a high international standard
  • can handle complex academic issues and challenge established knowledge and practice in the field
  • can contribute to the development of new knowledge, theories, methods, interpretations and forms of documentation in the field
  • critically assess and evaluate academic texts
  • can persuade other researchers of the relevance of the research question(s)

The candidate…

  • can identify relevant ethical issues and carry out his/her academic writing with scholarly integrity
  • can manage complex interdisciplinary assignments and projects
  • can communicate research and development work through recognized Norwegian and international channels
  • can participate in debates in the field in international forums
  • can reflect on his/her own writing practices
  • can target a text to the intended audience
  • can reflect strategically on publication issues

Students must fulfill the requirements for admission to the PhD program.

In order to take this course, the student must first have completed a course on PhD-level in "Social science methods" or a similar course on research methods and have some basic knowledge in social methods and post graduate theory study.

Students on an earlier stage of their academic studies, should pass digital course MET9010 Introduction to Academic Writing.

In addition, participants are required to have collected some empirical data to be developed into a scientific article/working paper.

The course can accommodate around 10-15 students, with a limit of 15 participants. In case of demand over this limit, the criterion of selection will be the amount of course work previously done in the doctoral program.

Recommended previous knowledge:
The course is offered on a PhD-level. It aims at students who already have collected some empirical data, and students with empirical data will be prioritized. The participators may have different professional backgrounds, however, the main disciplinary approaches should be within the broad field of management, business and economics with diverse research methodologies.

Mode of delivery:

Learning activities and teaching methods:
Because the participation in the course is based on the development of a draft of paper to qualify for being published in a scientific journal, the course is organized in three modules/workshops spread over 1 year of a study period to allow for manuscript revision. Each module consists of plenary lectures, group work, individual presentations and comments on a written work. During the course, the research problem, the theoretical framework, empirical material, discussion and conclusion will be discussed for each individual project. Between the modules, students should do a (re)writing process aiming at submitting 2 or 3 improved revisions of the manuscript. The participants are also required to comment on each other's papers. Individual supervision would be also provided but also informal discussions and a continuous ongoing evaluation of the participators contributions.

The students should have to participate actively during all three courses seminars. Students should deliver elements of a compulsory work that should be completed to get full credits:

  • an editorial review of a targeted scientific journals
  • submit 2 (3) letters to an assumed journal editor and replies to reviewers in the course
  • submit 2 (3) reviews of other students' papers
  • submit 2 (3) revisions of paper/article in accordance with the targeted scientific journal profile based on comments received during course sessions and reviews 

The exit requirement is submission of the full paper (between 3000 – 10.000 words, in accordance with a target journal requirements) which is graded pass/not pass by the faculty.

Course literature and recommended reading:
The reading list is subject to amendments at semester start. 

Bailey, S. (2018), Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students (5th edition). London: Routledge (some chapters), 310 pp.

Booth, Wayne G., Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams, Joseph Bizup and William Fitzerald (2016), The Craft of Research, 4th Edition, Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing, 313pp.

Golden-Biddle, K. & Locke, K.D. (2007), Composing Qualitative Research, Sage Publications.

Johanson, L. M. (2007), Sitting in your reader's chair: Attending to your academic sensemakers. Journal of Management Inquiry 16, 290-29.

Kimberly D. Elsbach, Roderick M. Kramer (2016), Handbook of Qualitative Organizational Research: Innovative Pathways and Methods. London: Routledge

Supplementary reading into quantitative research to be suggested. Two volumes of an international scientific journal according to course participators' own research field.

Overlapping courses:

Deadline: September 2

Practical information

The city of Bodø

Bodø is home to around 50,000 people and is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, with a lively urban scene.


Photo: David Grandorge

Getting to Bodø

  • Bodø is the hub of Nordland and can be reached by plane, train and boat. 
  • Bodø's airport is located in the city itself, making it quick and easy to fly in and out. Oslo Gardemoen is a 90 minute flight away.

Photo: Ernst Furuhatt /

Transport in Bodø

  • The main campus is located at Mørkved, about 9 kilometers from the centre of Bodø.
  • It is easy to take the bus from the airport or city center to campus.

Accomodation in Bodø

  • At campus there is a student hotel “Nordavind” which offers short-time rent. For more information. 
  • You may also stay at a hotel in the centre of Bodø.
  • We advise you to book accommodation as early as possible as hotels in Bodø at times are fully booked