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Academic writing: a practical guide

Types of academic writing

Types of academic writing

This section helps you develop the specific skills needed for key types of academic writing.

There are many types of academic writing, each with its own aims, structure and style. The tasks you might do depends on your subject, the module assessment aims and your level of study. For example, essays are common in arts and humanities subjects, but reports are more common in science subjects.

Use the resources on this page for a brief overview of the different styles of writing, or visit our dedicated guides to explore a writing type in detail.