Research Ethics

The course aims to provide a foundation of research integrity and knowledge of research ethics for doctoral students at LTH that is relevant during the students’ doctoral studies and in subsequent postdoctoral research in academic or other research institutions. The course will deal with typically recurring ethical dilemmas at LTH (f. ex. co-authorship issues, ownership of research outcomes, etc).

To support the intended learning outcomes the course address basic normative ethics, the history of research ethics, the utility or importance of research, risks and burdens for research participants and other affected parties, protection of privacy and personal data, informed consent and kinds of research where informed consent may be difficult to obtain, risk-benefit analysis, ethics review, good research practice, research misconduct, publication ethics, open science and the FAIR-principles, conflicts of interest, the researcher as an authority and ethical aspects of external engagement, relevant legislation, issues arising from doing research at a Swedish authority, and responsible research and innovation.

Course instruction

The course includes lectures, assignments, and literature reading. The course consists of lectures, discussion exercises, group work and independent study of the required reading.


To be prioritized in the admission to the course, applicants have to be admitted to a PhD programme at LTH. Doctoral students enrolled from January 1st 2021 and on have the highest priority, as the course is compulsory for these students.


The course corresponds to 3 credits in third-cycle (PhD) studies (with Pass and Fail as available grades).

Course litterature

The European Code of Conduct for Research Intregrity Revised Edition (ALLEA 2017).

More literature will be added.

Syllabus (In English) (PDF, 912 kB, new tab)

Kursplan (In Swedish) (PDF, 187 kB, new tab)

Course instructor

Senior lecturer Daniela Cutas, Department of Medical Ethics,


Note: Doctoral students enrolled from January 1st 2021 have the highest priority, as the course is compulsory for these students.

(Application closes 2021-05-07)

Schedule 2021

Schedule: Research Ethics, May:

Monday 31/5: 9-12, 13-16
Tuesday 1/6: 9-12, 13-16
Wednesday 2/6: 9-12, 13-16
Monday 7/6: 9-12, 13-16
Friday 11/6: 9-12, 13-16

Schedule: Research Ethics, course 1, Sept:

Monday 27/9: 9-12
Tuesday 28/9: 9-12
Wednesday 29/9: 9-12, 13-15
Thursday 30/9: 9-12, 13-15
Monday 4/10: 9-12
Tuesday 5/10: 9-12, 13-15
Wednesday 6/10: 9-12
Friday 8/10: 9-12

Apply here (course 1):
(Application closes 2021-09-06)

Schedule: Research Ethics, course 2, Oct:

Monday 18/10: 9-12
Tuesday 19/10: 9-12
Wednesday 20/10: 9-12, 13-15
Thursday 21/10: 9-12, 13-15
Monday 25/10: 9-12
Tuesday 26/10: 9-12, 13-15
Wednesday 27/10: 9-12
Friday 29/10: 9-12

Apply here (course 2):
(Application closes 2021-09-27)

Schedule: Research Ethics, course 3, Nov:

Monday 22/11: 9-12
Tuesday 23/11: 9-12
Wednesday 24/11: 9-12, 13-15
Thursday 25/11: 9-12, 13-15
Monday 29/11: 9-12
Tuesday 30/11: 9-12, 13-15
Wednesday 1/12: 9-12
Friday 3/12: 9-12

Apply here (course 3):
(Application closes 2021-11-01)




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