Course in Ethics of Science and Research for Ph.D. students

Postgraduate course in the Ethics of Science and Research - August 22-24, 2018

The University of Iceland Graduate School, in collaboration with the Centre for Ethics, has developed two courses aimed at postgraduate students. The first is a crash course (3 ECTS) specifically designed for doctoral students, taught from Wednesday to Friday, August 22 - 24 (9.10 to 15.40). There is also a more conventional course available in the spring semester (6 ECTS), covering the major issues in science and research ethics in more depth. The maximum number of students on the three-credit course is 25.

Both courses are taught by Dr Henry Alexander Henrysson, a member of the National Bioethics Committee, the University of Iceland Science Ethics Committee and the University of Iceland Ethics Committee. The courses will be taught in English.

The National Qualification Framework from the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture states that graduated doctors should be able to “demonstrate their awareness of science ethics and that they have formed a considered opinion regarding their own research and that of others, based on their own ethical consciousness”.

Universities all over the world are placing ever growing emphasis on training for postgraduate students in the ethics of science and research. There are several reasons for this development: 

•   technological innovations have led to exciting but complex ethical challenges 

•   scepticism of science is growing in some sectors of society

•   the regulation framework for research has undergone significant changes

Misconduct in research should not be tolerated, and it is clear that the relevant research institutes in each case bear a great deal of responsibility if postgraduate students are involved. It is important to ensure that postgraduate students know about the potential applications of ethics in settling ethical debates, such as may arise in their relations with publishers and ethics committees. 

The courses are intended for students from all fields of sciences.

I highly recommend this course! It not only gives an important insight into the ethical, legal and social aspects of research, but it requires PhD students to reflect critically on the ethical consideration of their thesis and their position and responsibility as PhD students.

Finnborg Salome Steinþórsdóttir, PhD student, Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland



In research, honesty and integrity need to go hand in hand with curiosity and excitement over new discovery.  The consideration of ethical aspects relating to our work, how it impacts others and society in general, needs to be an integral part of our code of conduct as scientists and professionals

Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson Professor of Geophysics at the Institute of Earth Sciences



Registration for the crash course is now open. If you are interested, you can register by sending an email to with the subject "HSP073F Research Ethics". 

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