Research Skills Training

Research Skills Training


SMI Foundation Program

SMI research higher degree candidates come from diverse educational and professional backgrounds such as the legal profession, social sciences, physics and chemistry, environmental sciences, applied sciences and various disciplines in engineering. In many cases, incoming RHD candidates have limited knowledge of sustainable development as it relates to the minerals industry. The Foundation Program is a training program designed to equip SMI RHD candidates with a holistic and integrated understanding of the minerals industry and how it can operate more sustainably. 

The 1-week Foundation Program will be offered on a yearly basis and except in the case of external RHD candidates, the Program will be a compulsory part of the Confirmation of Candidature or Mid-Candidature milestone process for all SMI-enrolled RHD candidates who commenced after 1 January 2013. 

In 2014, the Program will run from 28 July – 1 August.

The Program is free to SMI-enrolled RHD candidates. For information on the draft Program, please click here.


Personal and Professional Development

The Graduate School’s skills training program provides courses especially for research higher degree candidates during their candidature, covering topics from writing and presentation skills to your relationship with your advisor. During September each year, Graduate Student Week is held. It is an intensive week-long program of workshops and presentations for research higher degree candidates. 

Student Services has a series of workshops running throughout the year on academic skills and personal development as well as specific workshops for international students.


SMI RHD Conference

SMI holds an annual conference for research higher degree candidates to present their research and ideas to an audience of peers. The conference is an excellent opportunity to discover more about challenges facing the industry, and fosters networking. Click here for more information about the conference. 


UQ Career Advantage PhD Program

The UQ Career Advantage PhD Program is offered to PhD candidates by the Graduate School. The program prepares students for their future careers by providing experience and training in a choice of three different areas: higher education, research commercialisation, consultancy and advocacy, and global collaborations.


3 Minute Thesis (3MT®)

The 3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an annual international competition in which competitors have 3 minutes to present their thesis topic and its significance in an engaging and understandable way. This competition provides an opportunity to develop your communication skills and to crysallise your topic.

This year's SMI competition will be held on 25 July 2014. All research higher degree students are encouraged to participate, with great prizes to be won. Click here for more information.