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Research Skills: Subject Knowledge

Subject Knowledge - skills required of excellent PhD or doctoral students

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12 November 2010

An excellent researcher at doctoral or PhD level:

  • Has, at least, core knowledge and basic understanding of key concepts, issues and history of thought.
  • Knows of recent advances within own research area and in related areas. 
  • Is working towards making an original contribution to knowledge.
  • Is developing awareness of international and non-academic dimensions of knowledge creation.

Looking ahead, a doctoral student can aim to become an excellent early-career researcher who:

  • Develops detailed and thorough knowledge/understanding of own and related subject areas – and becomes familiar with associated areas in other disciplines/research areas.
  • Situates knowledge in international context.

Note: These skills are identified in the UK Researcher Development Framework – where they appear as A1.1 Subject Knowledge



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