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Plagiarism Awareness (Mandatory Online Course)

The course is designed to provide you with guidance and information about proper citation and attribution in writing. All postgraduate students are required to take a compulsory online course in plagiarism awareness. In light of the College’s requirement for all doctoral theses to be submitted electronically, the Graduate School, in conjunction with the Library, has developed an online course entitled Plagiarism Awareness. There is no limit to the amount of times you can take the course – it can be accessed anytime, so there will always be an opportunity to refresh your understanding. If at the end of the course, you feel that you might require additional guidance; directions will be given to alternative sources of information and advice.

The Plagiarism Awareness course is compulsory for all 1st year Doctoral students and MUST be completed before the 9 month Early Stage Assessment (ESA).

In order to self-enrol onto the course, please follow the instructions: Plagiarism Awareness (PhD Students) 2019-2020 [PDF]

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify and explain what plagiarism is.
  • Identify and understand what the College’s policy on plagiarism is.
  • Recognise and understand the concept of academic integrity.
  • Employ appropriatesteps to avoid plagiarism.
  • Assess your work to ensure it complies with College policy on plagiarism

Copyright for Researchers (Online Course)

Course Credit: 1 credit

This course aims to convey copyright essentials to Imperial PhD students. It is focused on UK law only. The structure of the course reflects your research lifecycle and aims to provide clarity on copyright issues you will encounter at each of the stages of the lifecycle. This course will equip you with a working knowledge of copyright and licensing so that in your career as a researcher you use and can share information in a copyright safe way.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify how copyright and licences are relevant at different stages of the research lifecycle.
  • Recognise how UK copyright laws affect the affects the works researchers produce.
  • Employ a working knowledge of UK copyright law and licensing.
  • Develop a sufficient knowledge and understanding to produce a copyright compliant thesis.
  • Assess and understand how the publishing process affects the ownership of copyright. 

To self-enrol onto the course, please follow the instructions: Ensuring Integrity: Copyright (Doctoral Students) 2018-2019

Intellectual Property (Online Course)

Course Credit: 1 credit

This course aims to equip you with a working knowledge of the concept of Intellectual Property (IP), and an awareness and understanding of the basic principles surrounding IP rights, such as patents, copyright, design rights, and other forms of IP. An understanding of IP and its application is important for all students; for those intending to continue in academia as well as those intending to enter the commercial world after graduation.

On completion of this online course you will be able to:

  • Identify all key intellectual property rights, their use, and how they are obtained.
  • Indicate what a patent is and evaluate how to obtain one for your invention
  • Think critically on how relevant a patent is in the digital age
  • Analyse the various types of licenses to better understand the commercial significance of research results   
  • Assess the potential IP in a new invention or business idea

In order to self-enrol onto the course, please follow the instructions: Intellectual Property (PhD Students) 2018-2019 [PDF]

Introduction to Making Your Thesis Open Access (Webinar)

Tutors: Philippa Hatch & John Murtagh (Library Services)
Course Credit: 1 credit

This workshop will provide you with a general introduction to open access, with specific reference to the PhD thesis, and related research outputs that may arise from PhD study. You will be introduced to: open access repositories, open access publishing and online support tools such as the Directory of Open Access Journals and Open Access Button. 

We will also discuss Creative Commons licences, the re-use of third party copyright materials in your thesis and why your thesis is made open access. 

On completion of this workshop you will be able to: 

  • Recognise ‘What is open access?’ and understand the theory and background behind it. 
  • Utilise the College’s repository and OA funding systems to make your research papers open access. 
  • Identify Creative Commons Licences and know how they differ 
  • Evaluate your thesis to ensure it meets the legal reproduction requirements for use of 3rd party copyright materials. 
  • Employ the correct approach when including your own published work in your thesis and/or publishing work from your thesis. 


There are no further sessions of this course taking place this academic year

Science, Research and Integrity (Webinar)

Tutor: Greg Artus (School of Professional Development)
Course Level:
Level 1
Course Credit: 1 credit

The workshop is designed to give researchers a chance to explore and critically analyse the ethics of scientific research in a constructive way. We will critically discuss the structure and implications of specific cases of scientific fraud, and will also look at different moral theories and how they might apply not only to specific moral dilemmas, but also to science in general. The session will aim to forearm you by providing a safe environment within which to formulate and articulate your views on how they might deal with the sorts of dilemmas you are likely to face during your careers.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify and analyse the ethical structure of obligations and responsibilities that comprise the world of research
  • Recognise the ethical implications of various actions within the research environment
  • Employ your creativity in finding ways to navigate the dilemmas inherent in the research environment
  • Develop what is sometimes known as ethical literacy, such that you are both knowledgeable and confident when facing ethically challenging situations
  • Assess the virtues of various activities in the world of research


  • There are no further sessions of this course taking place this academic year