English for Professional Purposes


This course in English for professional application stresses three particular aspects: the logical organisation and presentation of ideas; detailed proof-reading; and the conventions of various writing genres, such as business emails and proposals.

Admission requirements

General entry requirements + English B.

For Swedish Upper Secondary Grades merit rating will be calculated according to Områdesbehörighet 6/A6


final grades 66% national university aptitude test 34%


Course content

The course is designed to prepare the student to use English in the world of work by developing his/her ability to communicate effectively in English in a wide range of professional situations.

Learning activities

Learning activities are lectures, seminars, writing assignments, oral presentations, and self-study of course literature.


Syllabus for students spring 2021, autumn 2020

Course Code:
EN202L revision 1.7
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Date of ratification:
10 June 2020
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
31 August 2020
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
20 February 2019

Entry requirements

General entry requirements + English B.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course can normally be included as part of a general degree at undergraduate level.


The course is designed to develop the student's ability to communicate accurately and effectively in English, both orally and in writing, in a wide range of professional situations.


The course focuses on the following aspects:

  • professional attitude and behaviour;
  • careful organization of textual and visual communication with regard to genre, audience, and purpose;
  • clarity, correctness and concision in writing, as well as detailed proof-reading skills;
  • the acquisition of a varied and accurate contemporary professional vocabulary;
  • teamwork and cross-cultural awareness; and
  • discussion activities and presentations (both impromptu and formal).

Learning outcomes

Knowledge, skills and understanding
After successfully completing the course, the student will be able to:

  1. understand professional communication in terms of the interaction of audience, purpose, and genre;
  2. use both formal and informal register appropriately;
  3. choose grammatical structures which accurately express desired meaning, and edit his/her own and others’ texts for common errors of grammar, punctuation and style;
  4. demonstrate knowledge of vocabulary and natural expressions in English relating to a variety of contemporary business topics and concepts, such as intercultural networking, global relations and finance;
  5. understand the dynamics of teamwork and demonstrate an ability to participate actively as a team member;
  6. demonstrate rhetorical awareness of the compositional design elements of an image;
  7. deliver a formal oral presentation that gains and sustains audience interest in an accent that is understood by a majority of English speakers; and
  8. explain what it means to communicate as a professional as well as demonstrate a professional approach, e.g. an ability to work to agreed timetables, manage workloads, and meet deadlines

Learning activities

Learning activities and the main outcomes corresponding to these are short lectures (1-3, 6), workshops (1-3, 5-6, 8), writing assignments (1-5, 8), oral presentations (1, 5-7,8) and self-study of online exercises and course literature (3-4).


Assessments together with grading scales, credits and outcomes primarily tested:

  1. Online examination: writing with clarity, correctness, and concision (A/U – 3 credits – 3)
  2. Oral presentation (U/G – 2 credits – 1, 5, 7-8)
  3. Writing Assignment 1 (A/U – 2 credits – 1-4, 8)
  4. Writing Assignment 2 (A/U – 2 credits – 1-5, 8)
  5. Portfolio (U/G – 2 credits – 1-4, 8)
  6. Written examination (A/U – 4 credits – 1-4, 6)
If you fail an examination, you generally have the opportunity of two re-takes on the same course content and with the same requirements as the regular examination. You have the right to be examined on the same course the next time the course is offered, according to the same rules.
Examinations and re-take examinations will be conducted at the times and (where relevant) places that are listed in the schedule, and it is your responsibility as a course participant to stay informed of these procedures. In particular, you must register with the institution between 7-21 days in advance for the in-class written examination as well as any subsequent re-takes.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

  • Mascull, B. (2017). Business vocabulary in use: Advanced with answers and ebook with audio, 3rd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-316-62822-5
Recommended reading
  • Taylor, S. (2012). Model business letters, emails and other business documents. (7th ed.). Harlow, England: Pearson. ISBN 978-0-273-75193-9
You will be provided with other course material by your course tutor as appropriate, up to a maximum of 250 pages (consisting of both electronic material and hard copy).

Course evaluation

If you have participated in the course, you will have the opportunity to make known your experiences and viewpoints by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. After compiling and summarizing the information from the evaluations, the University will inform you both of the results and of any consequent measures taken. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the School of Arts and Communication.

Further information

Studentservice, K3 - Malmö universitet,


18 January 2021 - 06 June 2021 Evenings 50% Malmö Application code: mau-12104

National application round

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 20000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 20000 SEK

Application deadline 15 October


31 August 2020 - 17 January 2021 Evenings 50% Malmö Schedule

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 20000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 20000 SEK