Introduction to Research Ethics and Integrity

September 04, 2019, 09:00-16:00


Room 26.109 (library)


This course introduces the PhD students at Roskilde University to central concepts, principles and guidelines of ethical research conduct. It aims to strengthen the participants’ understanding of the ethical standards laid out in the Danish Code of Conduct for Research Integrity, and raise awareness of other regulations and guidelines that may be relevant to them. The course will cover some of the historical events that led to present day principles and codes, and will introduce the notions of micro and macro perspectives on research ethics. It also introduces to the philosophical basis of research ethics. The participants will discuss and identify potential issues, and discuss appropriate responses relevant to their research projects.


Learning objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the participants are expected to:

  • Understand the basic concepts and values of ethical research, including respect, honesty, transparency and accountability
  • Be able to identify potential ethical issues in their research, and undertake analyses of advantages and disadvantages of different responses to these
  • Be able to delineate the argument for how and why their research is ethically responsible and identify which further standards and guidelines may be relevant to consider
  • Know the Danish research ethics infrastructure, including whom to approach with questions or concerns

Form and duration:
Seven-hour course combining mini-lectures and discussions, including group work and exercises. 2 weeks after the course, the participants must hand in a written assignment, where they discuss ethical and integrity mattes in relation to their own research project.


Estimated time spent:
In total approx. 28 hours incl. preparation, on campus course, and a written assignment.


Target group:
The course is mandatory for PhD students at Roskilde University enrolled from 2019 and onwards. However, all PhD students are encouraged to take the course. Other early career and senior researchers are also welcome to participate. Max no. of participants 20.


1 ECTS. In order to pass the course the participant must undertake all the expected preparations, engage actively and constructively during class, and Pass the written assignment.


By default, the course is in English. It can, however, be held in Danish if agreed by all participants. Group work and written assignments can be in English or Danish.


The course can profitably be combined with Roskilde University Library’s half-day course on Data Management. This not mandatory.


If you have any questions, please contact course coordinators Catharina Juul Kristensen ( and Thomas Søbirk Petersen (, or course administrator Signe Berri (

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