All research students are required to attend the compulsory Core Skills for Research Students course, which commences in the first semester of the degree programme and is undertaken on campus. The course is intended to develop the core skills necessary for students to complete a successful programme of research in law, to provide a forum where students may discuss research issues of common interest, and to prepare and assess students for progression to the advanced stages of their study.

Programme Content


The course comprises 6 two-hour seminars covering topics including:

  • An introduction to being a research student in the Law School
  • Information strategy and sources
  • The nature of a thesis
  • Legal research methods
  • Planning and time management
  • Managing the student-supervisor relationship
  • Writing skills
  • Citation, referencing and plagiarism
  • Presentation skills.


At the end of the course, a postgraduate research student conference takes place, at which all research students are required to give a presentation. 

For more information please contact Dr Catherine Ng, Research Training Programme Director.