Presentation skills (1 ECTS)


Course code

PS-1605, PS-1609, PS-1611

Dates 2016

  • Thursday 6, 13 and 27 October, 13.00-16.00, Vrijhof 
  • Monday 24, Thursday 27 and Monday 31 October, 18.30-21.30, Drienerburght 
    (this course is full)
  • Thursday 1, 8 and 15 December, 9.00-12.00, Vrijhof 
    (this course is full)

Course fee

This training will be paid from central funds. However, you do need permission from your head of department.

Group size

Maximum 14 participants.


Aline Valster, PhD, and Henno Schouten,
qualified English teachers from TCP Language Centre.

Course materials

Provided by the TCP Language Centre.


For all PhD-candidates and Postdocs who have not had previous instruction on presentation techniques, or who have had little opportunity to practice their presentation skills.


Acquiring basic techniques to improve (academic) presentation skills. Participants learn general rules for structuring their PhD/academic presentation, what they should do and should not do in a presentation and how to deal with nerves. The course is very hands-on and offers ample opportunity for practice.


  • presentation structure;
  • speaking schedule and voice usage;
  • style and contents;
  • use of Visuals;
  • handling questions;
  • non-verbal communication and nerves.

In each lesson the participants deliver a short presentation for practice, and receive feedback from peers and from the teacher. The participants can take home video-recordings of their presentations, to watch them in private. This course is the basis for a number of workshops that focus on specific aspects of presentation skills, such as presenting in a foreign language, speaking skills in an educational setting, presenting a thesis or speaking at a conference.


Organisation of this course is a cooperation of the Career Development Centre and TCP Language Centre.


Participants are expected to attend all lessons. The course takes place during three consecutive weeks, each lesson lasting three hours. Self-study time: approx. three hours a week. Total study load is 1 ECTS.


English language proficiency at level CEF B2 or higher (Common European Framework) is required.

Further information
Marjolein Rietman
Career Development Centre

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