An intensive face-to-face course, offered twice a year, open to all postgraduate or prospective postgraduate students and researchers. The main focus is for participants to understand and articulate their research

in an exploratory written product of their choice.


During the course you will,

- Understand and articulate your research in an exploratory written product of your choice.

   (e.g. concept note, proposal or literature review)
- Develop a research identity in dialogue with an exciting group of experienced researchers. 

- Make arguments and sustain a strong writer’s voice.

- Complete online writing tasks to reflect on your research experiences.

- These tasks prompt you to rehearse or revisit ideas towards your final submission.


Course facilitators will provide feedback on these products. 

There is a small fee for the course, R600 for UCT students and R1200 for external participants.

A small number of sponsorships are available.

Course dates


1-11 November 2021

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4 – 15 Jul 2022

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31 Oct – 11 Nov 2022

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Due to the COVID pandemic, we are shifting this from a 4 day face-to-face course to a 2 week online course.

Testimonials from previous attendees

'Thank you for this valuable course and passion you have in helping new researchers. It goes a long way.’

‘To know that I am not the only one experiencing some down moments and ups and downs during my research journey and to know that these things are bound to happen, was so fulfilling and fuelled more passion for research and propelled me to hang on.’

‘I enjoyed every minute of it. I looked forward to each session. Facilitators were exceptional.’

‘I truly thank you for putting together this course. Just what I needed. I am glad I was able to participate. I appreciate the fact that the resources are available online for reference. well done to all that put this together and shared their wealth of knowledge.’