Giving Effective Presentations - ONLINE (2023-I)

Target audience

This course is appropriate for PhD candidates at any point in their PhD process.

Course description

There is more to a successful presentation than having good slides and knowing your stuff. Effective presentations are also about communication, energy, confidence, having rapport with your audience. This intensive and hands-on course offers you the opportunity to get a fresh perspective on presenting, try out new techniques and experiment with ideas you might not have considered before.

NB. This is not a language course!

Learning objectives

This seven-session online course aims to help PhD candidates give clear and engaging presentations in English.

Instructional method

The course will kick off with a short getting-to-know-each-other / briefing session (session 0). In session 1, one participant will give a 10-minute research-related presentation and receive feedback on their performance; the presentation will also serve as a starting point for exploring the ingredients of an effective talk. In sessions 2-4, we will continue this exploration and participants will each give three prepared short talks. In sessions 5-6, each participant will do a 10-minute research-related presentation to demonstrate what they have learned.

Course trainer

Margo de Wolf, About English

Group size

4 participants

Number of credits

0.6 EC

Course schedule


Study load

In addition to the scheduled sessions, you should take into account an extra study load of approximately 9 hours in total. This study load generally consists of homework assignments in preparation for the next session.

Course certificate

You will receive a course certificate after actively participating in all thee training sessions and completing all presentation assignments. 

Cancellation and No-show policy

This course is free for GSLS PhD candidates. However: free of charge does not mean free of responsibility. Once you have signed up for a course, we expect you to attend. For every late cancellation or no-show we have had to disappoint others who would have liked to attend. This is our policy:

  • You may cancel free of charge up to 4 weeks before the start of the course. After this date you can only cancel if you have a GSLS PhD candidate to replace you in the course. Send the name and contact information of your replacement to, at least 2 working days before the start of the course;
  • We expect that you actively attend the full course, but at least 80%. It is mandatory to attend the first session. If you are absent the first session you cannot follow the remaining of the course;
  • Not meeting the above requirements means you will be charged a no-show fee (€ 236). We will send the invoice after the course has ended. We are unable to make any exceptions, unless you have a valid reason (i.e., illness or death in the family 1st/2nd degree or partner). Your supervisor has to send an e-mail to indicating the reason.

Unfortunately we don’t offer this course for participants not part of the GSLS. Our courses tend to be fully booked by GSLS PhD candidates.

Very nice course to practice presentation skills, due to the small number of participants. This course has really given me a new perspective on presenting research, in terms of really taking the perspective of the listener

Because of Margo's personal approach and the safe environment she creates during her lessons, I was able to start to even enjoy giving presentations!

A great opportunity of giving presentations and receiving feedback from the audience in many aspects, which can be used to improve your oral presentation skills

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Entrance fee
This course is free for GSLS PhD candidates.

Registration for this course opens 2 months before the course start. You can register via our course portal. After opening, the portal shows how many spots are still available.

More information
PhD Course Centre