Research Skills required by PhD students E3: Constructively defend research outcomes at seminars...
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Research Skills required by PhD students E3: Constructively defend research outcomes at seminars and viva examination
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By the time students complete a PhD, they should be able to answer ‘Yes’ to most of these questions.
- Can you describe how your findings relate to the published literature?
- Can you articulate clearly what distinguishes your research from other related research?
- Can you articulate the nature and extent of your contribution to knowledge in your field?
- Can you recognise a legitimate challenge to your research when you hear or read one?
- Can you respond to challenges with concrete, evidence-based replies?
- Can you give an example of when a challenge to or question about your research led to a full and constructive discussion?
Evidence of this skill
These are examples of documents you can collect. Each implies a piece or work, which may be a good way for you to develop this skill.
- Probation mini-viva.
- PhD defence.
- Performance at an internal or external seminar.
- Performance in answering questions to a paper you have presented at a conference
- Record of active participation in discussion groups.
This page is based upon material produced by The Open University’s research school to support doctoral students.