Postgraduate study skills in science, technology or mathematics
Postgraduate study skills in science, technology or mathematics

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1.7.4 Use of academic language

An important part of research is engaging in the discourse, i.e. communicating research ideas, processes, and results so that they may be scrutinised and discussed. Good communication relies on understanding the conventions of the community. Hence, one key skill is the demonstration of competent academic language. This includes:

  • correct use of technical terms

  • attention to detail in punctuation, grammar, etc.

  • attention to use of typographic design (white space, layout, headings styles) to make the text accessible

  • the ability to structure and convey a clear and coherent argument, including attention to the use of ‘signposting’ devices, such as headings, to make the structure accessible

  • writing in a suitable academic ‘voice’.

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