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 Practical Research Project Skills?

Chapter Overview

This chapter discusses practical skill areas, including:

  • Communication skills
  • Networking and professional profiles
  • Building reputation and esteem
  • Project management
  • Time management
  • Health and safety

and how you might develop them.


As a result of conducting research, there are a number of notable practical attributes a researcher should have acquired as they emerge from a doctorate, alongside increased subject knowledge and improved skill in the design and delivery of research. Although different stakeholders will place varying degrees of emphasis on which skills matter the most, they will all be transferable in one form or another to work beyond the doctorate. For instance, some might view project management and time management as most important, while the ability to communicate effectively, give a good presentation (if ...

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