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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: ‚ÄĆPlagiarism Awareness (PhD Students) 2020-2021 Self-enrolment guidance [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

Tutors: John Murtagh (Library Services)
Course Level: Level 1
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity25

This workshop provides an insight into preparing your thesis to be made Open Access and the benefits of open access more generally. This workshop will provide you with a general introduction to the topic, with specific reference to your PhD thesis, and related research outputs that may arise from PhD study. You will be introduced to: 

  • Open Access repositories
  • Practice of Open Research
  • Open access publishing
  • Online tools to find open access research material

After completing this workshop, you will be better able to:

  • Utilise the College’s repository and OA funding systems to make your research papers open access
  • Employ the correct approach when including your own published work in your thesis and/or publishing work from your thesis
  • Use preprint servers for communicating research at an early stage
  • Identify potential illegitimate publishing entities which risk your research reputation


  • Friday 21 May 2021, 10:00-11:30, Microsoft Teams


Science, Research and Integrity

Tutor: Greg Artus (School of Professional Development)
Course Level: 
Level 1
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 25

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


  • Friday 14 May 2021, 13:00-16:00, Zoom - FULLY BOOKED, waiting list spaces available


Some Graduate School courses include pre-course activities for you to complete. Please check this page to find out how to self-enrol on the course’s Blackboard programme module, which will enable you to complete these activities.