Research Ethics for Science and Technology

Do you want to learn about ethical problems in research? This course aims at improving your capacity to reflect on your preconceptions and values with regard to problems of research ethics. All the fundamentals of research integrity and responsible conduct of research are covered by a teaching staff of experienced national experts.

Our goal is to improve your ability to mobilise a sense of responsibility when faced with research ethical problems. After completing the course, you are expected to be able to:

  • Identify and characterize research ethical problems and solutions
  • Identify interests and concerns relevant to involved parties
  • Apply those skills to their own research
  • Write a report on a research ethical dilemma

This 2 credit course consists of lectures, seminars, and group work. You’ll get to discuss research ethics with PhD students from the faculties of technology and natural sciences and learn from others’ experiences.

Main topics covered:

  • Fraud in Science
  • Scientific Authorship
  • Peer Review
  • Regulation of Research
  • The Responsibility for Application of Research Results
  • Management and Preservation of Research Data
  • Research Relationships
  • Intellectual Ownership Issues
  • The Role of the Scientist in Society
  • Science and Media

Want more information? Have a look at the list of courses for PhD students in Medicine and Pharmacy. 

Contact: Stefan Eriksson, Senior Lecturer & Associate Professor of Research Ethics


Stefan Eriksson

Meet a lecturer

Find out what Stefan Eriksson has to say about publication, regulation and consent.

During the course, you will meet a group of teachers and experts that bring different perspectives on the unique position you are in as PhD students at Uppsala University in general, and the Faculty of Science and Technology in particular:

  • Stefan Eriksson, Associate Professor in Research Ethics and editor of CODEX, the research ethics website run by the Swedish Research Council
  • Mats G Hansson, Professor, Director of the Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics
  • Renata Arovelius, Chief Archivist at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Neil de Kock, Chair of the Uppsala University Doctoral Board

What our alumi say

It is perfectly alright to have hesitations about mandatory courses. Despite this, most students have good things to say after taking the course. This is what some of our former students write in their evaluations:

“I was really pleasantly surprised at how useful this has been”

“It was a good coverage of different areas related to science in which ethical issues may arise”

“Especially good was the open discussion format”

“Nothing was lacking – everything was very good!”

“I expected it to be a compulsory, dull course. It wasn’t dull though!”

“I suggest that the course stay as good as it is!”

“I thought it would be a farce because mandatory classes usually just “process” people to check a box. This was not so here.”

“I expected to hear things I had already heard before. But it surprised me in a positive way”