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During this Research Ethics - an Introduction course from Utrecht University, you will tackle these and other issues, while learning to apply theoretical insights to recent cases.

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Volunteers are often asked to take part in medical research in order to improve the health and well being of other people, now and in the future. However noble the aim, this raises many ethical questions.

How can we ensure that participants give their genuinely informed consent? What should be provided to control groups during clinical trials? How can we weigh the risks and benefits of various studies? How can we ensure scientific integrity in research? When should we conduct research with vulnerable populations, such as children and people in low- and middle-income countries? How should we interpret the Tuskegee syphilis study from a historical perspective?

Learning objectives

By the end of the Research Ethics - an Introduction course from Utrecht University , you should be able to:

  • Discern the morally salient dimensions of a research project, and come to a well-considered judgment about the acceptability of such a project
  • Reflect on moral dilemmas for researchers and Research Ethics Committees, and be able to systematically analyze such dilemmas
  • Weigh the various arguments involved, and work towards a well-reasoned position or decision

Programme Structure

Course Topics

  • Research ethics
  • Informed consent and the ethics of randomized clinical trials
  • Risk-benefit assessment and the role of ethics committees
  • Scientific integrity
  • Vulnerable groups: children and participants in developing countries
  • Biobanks, stem cells and genetic research ethics

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 42 days
    • 7 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines

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Enrollment deadline 1 Nov





1.5 ECTS



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

To enroll in this course, you need:

  • A Bachelor’s degree 
  • Sufficient proficiency in English reading and writing
Please note that you do not need to have a background in Philosophy or Ethics to follow this course.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    435 EUR/full
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    Based on the tuition of 435 EUR for the full programme during 42 days.
  • EU/EEA

    435 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 435 EUR for the full programme during 42 days.


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Research Ethics - an Introduction
Utrecht University


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