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Research Skills: Intellectual Insight

Intellectual Insight - skills required of excellent PhD or doctoral students

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12 November 2010

An excellent researcher at doctoral or PhD level:

  • Absorbs and appropriates ideas; is intellectually sharp.
  • Creates ideas and opportunities by investigating/seeking information.

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

  • Recognises new trends quickly; is insightful; goes beyond the obvious.
  • Develops own conceptual approach/understanding of intellectual position.
  • Shows initiative, and works independently. 

Note: These skills are identified in the UK Researcher Development Framework – where they appear as A3.2 Intellectual insight

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