Purpose and requirements for doctoral courses in research ethics

Denna sida på svenska

The purpose of a course in the ethics of medical research is to provide doctoral students with insight and understanding when it comes to the fundamental theories, principles and guidelines of research ethics and thereby the ability to consider the ethical aspects of their own research.

An additional purpose is to offer more complete comprehension of that which constitutes good scholarship, as well as the limits of ethically unacceptable experiments on humans and animals, along with the personal honesty of the researcher.

Intended learning outcomes for the courses:

Knowledge and comprehension

After completing the course, a doctoral student shall be able to:

describe the theories, principles and – to a certain extent – guidelines of research ethics
demonstrate knowledge of common problems that arise in the area of research ethics, as well as the tools required to deal with associated conflicts
 Skills
After completing the course, a doctoral student shall be able to:

  • analyse conflicts that arise in the area of research ethics
  • present sustainable arguments based on research ethics for and against a particular procedure

Approach

After completing the course, a doctoral student shall:

  • have cultivated an approach, based on research ethics, to dealing with other doctoral students, supervisors and senior researchers
  • have gained an understanding of the way that an approach based on research ethics is viewed by the general public

Contents

A course in the ethics of medical research must contain the following minimum elements:

  • Fundamental principles, theories and arguments of research ethics
  • Experiments on humans, including the history and components of informed consent
  • Ethics for experiments on animals, including arguments for and against the use of various animals for research purposes, as well as the 3 R’s
  • Ethical reviews and research ethics guidelines, such as the Declaration of Helsinki, their function, applicability, opportunities and limitations
  • Fundamental principles of empirical research, as well as standards of good scientific practice, including that which constitutes deviation from the principles and standards and can thereby be classified as deviation from good research practice
  • Handling scientific authorship (co-authorship, order in which authors are presented)
  • Conflicts of interest in research

Contact

Administrative officer

Anna Gustafsson

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 860 18
E-mail: anna.gustafsson@ki.se

Chair of the Course and programme committee

Lennart Nilsson

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 810 99
E-mail: Lennart.Nilsson@ki.se

Vice chair of the Course and programme committee

Lena Von Koch

E-mail: Lena.Von.Koch@ki.se

Coordinator of doctoral education

Ingeborg van der Ploeg

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 867 00
E-mail: Ingeborg.Van.Der.Ploeg@ki.se

 

CourseDoctoral education