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Research Ethics

3 credits

Course period: September 27- October 13, 2017

This course is a collaboration between the Faculty of Social Sciences and the School of Economics and Management and is open to PhD students from both faculties.

Anyone conducting research faces ethical issues of one or another sort. This course aims to make PhD students [at the Faculty of Social Sciences and the School of Economics and Management] well equipped to conduct their research in accordance with current ethics regulations and guidelines on research involving humans, and in accordance with good research practice. It also aims to stimulate critical ethical thinking regarding various aspects of research in the behavioral and social sciences.


The course covers a variety of topics in research ethics, such as:

  • the many uses of research, and their value
  • risk of harm to research subjects
  • privacy and confidentiality
  • informed consent
  • ethical review
  • research misconduct
  • publication ethics


It runs during two consecutive weeks (whole days and half days), and consists of lectures, seminars, and discussions in smaller groups, all of which are compulsory.

To pass the course participants are required to complete two group assignments, and one individual written assignment (on the ethics of the PhD student's own research). 

If you already now know that you would miss scheduled activities, we ask you to consider taking this course when it suits your schedule better, or to prioritize your schedule so you will be able to participate actively.





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Application instructions autumn courses

In order to apply for the Faculty PhD courses, please complete this form.

Please discuss these courses with your supervisor before completing the form.

The last day to register for courses beginning in the autumn 2017 is normally one month before the course starts, though this depends on the availability of spots.

Late application is still possible as long as there are available spots.

Once you have submitted your application we will contact you in order to confirm your place on the course. Please also note that a course may be cancelled if not enough participants apply.


If the number of applicants exceeds available places, applicants are prioritised as follows*:

  1. Doctoral students from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Lund University
  2. Doctoral students from other faculties at Lund University
  3. External doctoral students

Please note: Applicants from other faculties* at LU and universities are required to pay a fee. The current fee is 8500 SEK for each PhD course offered by the Faculty.

*This fee and ranking does not pertain to LUSEM doctoral students taking the Research Ethics course. LUSEM doctoral students will be admitted on the same conditions as doctoral students at the Faculty of Social Sciences. There will be no fee for LUSEM doctoral students.