This book provides a succinct guide for doctoral and early career researchers about the nature of transferable skills, why they are needed and how they can be acquired, evidenced and marketed.

What are the Key Intellectual Skills Directly Related to Research?

Chapter Overview

This chapter discusses intellectual skills and issues directly related to research, considering:

  • Subject knowledge and cognitive skills
  • Research methods
  • Academic literacy and numeracy
  • Languages

and how you might develop your understanding of and ability related to them.


As in previous chapters we want to recognise here that readers will have a range of past experience; in this chapter, one important source of such diversity is the discipline base on which you will be building your future research. Two common broad differentiations are between those researchers who are based in the sciences, technology, engineering, maths and medical fields, the STEMM subjects, and those based in the humanities, arts and social sciences subjects, which we abbreviate to HASS. This distinction

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