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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. In addition to the lectures, there will be discussion exercises, group work and independent study of the required reading. Note that this is a course that requires full time study and that presence in all scheduled meetings is required. We kindly ask you to bear this in mind when selecting your course dates.


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 Integrity Revised Edition
(ALLEA 2023). 

Course instructor

Senior lecturer Daniela Cutas, Department of Medical Ethics,


Please note: Doctoral students enrolled from 1 January 2021 have the highest priority to the Research Ethics courses, as the course is compulsory for them.

For questions about course registration, confirmation, or upload to Ladok - please contact Åsa Ahnfelt 

We will be running three courses spring 2024 - the first two run on site at LTH, while the third one is entirely online. For the online course, long distance applicants will be prioritised. For schedules for all three courses - see below.

Course 1 is finished.

Course 2 and 3 are fully booked.





16/2 Zoom/Canvas 9-12




22/2 Zoom/Canvas 13-16


If there is no other information, meetings take place on site at LTH mornings 9-12.









14/3 13-16


If there is no other information, meetings take place mornings
9-12. For this course, all meetings are online.

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