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Graduate School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

English language check

Publishing about your research is a key aspect of your career as a researcher; the majority of research publications are written in English. When applying for research funding, too, it is very important to ensure that your application is written in clear, accessible English. Maria Sherwood-Smith, Academic English Lecturer, can advise you.

Free of charge

PhD candidates and Research Master's students of the Faculty may ask for an English-language check of their written work. This will be free of charge in the following two cases: 

  1. Applications for PhD positions, scholarships, grants, etc.
  2. A limited section of a text (approx. 1000 words) – for instance the Introduction and Conclusion of an empirical paper. Usually students are already much helped by this partial check, as they can then adapt the rest of their text with the help of the linguistic pointers and comments received. This service is available for those who have taken the Pitfalls and/or Word Order courses.


However, for a language check of a complete PhD thesis, or a paper you plan to submit to a journal, you will have to pay the usual rates. For more information please contact Maria Sherwood-Smith

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