Developing your research skills

You need to develop your research skills to succeed in a research degree and in your career; no matter what your goals are. Research skills are not just a by-product of doing research - they're skills you can actively and purposefully develop.

As a postgraduate research student at AUT, you can take charge of your development as a researcher by making the most of AUT’s research workshops, seminars, groups and resources to develop these research skills.

What skills do researchers need?

Research is a complex endeavour, requiring a huge variety of skills. It’s not just about what you do in the lab or office. It’s also about:

  • How you communicate your research
  • How you organise your work
  • Personal characteristics like resilience and integrity
  • And much more

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework gives a great overview of the types of skills you need to be an effective researcher.


Contact us

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Graduate Research School
Phone: +64 9 921 9907
City Campus - level 5, WU Building

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