Here below you can find all master courses the University Centre offers. All courses are taught in 1-3 week modules running from August through June. See how the courses are organised in the teaching schedule for both programs. Usually 2-3 courses are taught at the same time, but students may only enroll in one course at a time. 

The master courses are available to you whether you plan to pursue a degree or just take a course or courses. Please review the options for guest studies to determine how you can apply. 

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Academic Writing Workshop

  • Autumn 2023
  • Next course: 21. August - 25. August 2023
  • CMM/CRD Elective Course | 1 ECTS
  • Course:CMM50 / CRD50
  • Instructor: Dr. Laura Alice Watt

About the course

This course is taught as a seminar series throughout the semester, introducing students to academics at the graduate level. Each workshop will cover one of the following topics: academic writing, literature review, abstract writing, paper review/critical thinking and data visualization.


Dr. Laura Alice Watt:

Laura is a Professor Emeritus of Environmental History and Policy at Sonoma State University, in Northern California. She came to the University Centre initially on a Fulbright-NSF Arctic Scholar grant to conduct historical research in Iceland. Her project documented the environmental history of a remote corner of Iceland’s Westfjords, specifically the Árneshreppur municipality and surrounding region of the Strandir coast. At Sonoma State, she taught a number of courses in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Planning and was a Graduate Coordinator for the Cultural Resource Management masters program.


Learning outcome

Each workshop includes both lectures and practical sessions.

On completion of the course, a student:

  • will be familiar with common practices in academic writing.
  • can critically evaluate published studies, find relevant literature, and reference other people's work.
  • can synthesize his/her/their work effectively.
  • can understand the main components of high-quality research/writing and formulate relevant research questions.
  • can foster interdisciplinary discussion of the contributions and challenges in managing coastal systems in an applied as well as academic setting.