Doctoral schools: conference skills – module Academic Posters

Objectives and content

The participants will learn how to structure, finetune and present their academic poster.

This module starts by analyzing the poster medium and by simulating how to properly construct a poster by pinpointing the main message and storyboarding the structure. A host of authentic examples from various fields are used to focus on important aspects such as a clear structure and order of information, appealing layout and title, adapted text and visuals. These examples are extensively discussed to draw up practical guidelines and to find out how participants can implement these within their research topic. During the second session, the participants will bring one of their own posters to present its content to and discuss its design with their peers. Tips will be shared on how to improve the poster and properly present it at conferences.

Required prior knowledge

Advanced knowledge of English. By the second session, the participants will bring an academic poster to use as course and evaluation material.


The participants will submit a poster after the course that will be evaluated. The course may count toward doctoral training (1 credit).

Course materials

  • Doctoral students who are affiliated with the Doctoral Schools can only enter via the Doctoral Schools Support Unit (
  • This course is a module of Advanced Academic English - Conference skills (continuous training).

UCT course book. You will receive this book from your language teacher in class.