Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


At the completion of this course, the doctoral candidate is able to:

1. recognise and analyse key research ethical questions. 
2. formulate ethical research plans and responses to ethical challenges by applying key ethical theories and approaches.
3. recognise and understand key ethical principles guiding research and how they apply to research work.
4. understand the Finnish Responsible Conduct of Research guidelines, processes for dealing with research misconduct, and processes for applying for a research licence or an ethical review.
5. identify your rights and responsibilities as a researcher.
6. understand how ethical decisions and choices influence society and the research community.

Credits: 2

Schedule: 30.09.2022 - 31.10.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Minna Söderqvist

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course introduces you to the purpose and value basis of research ethics why it is important for every research career and for every researcher throughout the entire research process.

    This course is built around the concept of 'ethics by design'.

    This translates to motivation and action to proactively engage with ethical issues in research work and design research in order to minimise issues and challenges.

    The ethics by design approach is further built on transparency and openness as the key values.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course is assessed as Pass / Fail. The course completion requires:
    • active engagement with the course material,
    • completing compulsory assessment tasks detailed above.
    The course evaluation is based on adequately achieving learning outcomes as evidenced in the
    assessment tasks.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    1 ECTS: 27h of independent study online

    2 ECTS: 54h of which 46 is independent study and 8h is workshops with compulsory attendance


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn II
    2022-2023 Spring IV
    2023-2024 Autumn II
    2023-2024 Spring IV