CIVIL-607 / 2 credits

Teacher: Smith Ian

Language: English


Every year


Communication proficiency is one of the most important results of a good PhD and postdoc experience and it is valued equally in academia and in industry. EPFL PhD students and postdocs are expected to have excellent written, oral and graphic skills in order to transmit their ideas effectively.



There will be a priority given to PhD students. The ethics module will be given in collaboration with personnel from the EPFL Library.


Oral communication Technical writing and graphics for engineers

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Demonstrate improved oral, written and graphical communication skills for engineering research

Teaching methods



Expected student activities

Short written texts

Short films of 5-minute presentations

Assessment methods

Improvement in written and oral skills over course

In the programs

  • Number of places: 20
  • Exam form: Written & Oral (session free)
  • Subject examined: Communication for Research Engineers
  • Lecture: 28 Hour(s)
  • Practical work: 30 Hour(s)

Reference week