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This half - day interactive online MSD Skills training course is relevant to all MSD postgraduate research students and postdoctoral early career researchers looking to understand the ethical concerns faced by researchers.


This online session encourages you to engage with, articulate and reflect on the ethical concerns that researchers encounter. You will gain a general understanding of the principles underpinning ethical reasoning relating to research involving human participants through interactive analysis and discussion of relevant case studies.

The primary focus of the session is to provide you with the tools necessary to make moral decisions, not to provide advice on the institutional ethics approval process. For this, you are encouraged to consult the relevant NHS and University pages.

This introductory session is of particular importance to early career researchers planning to carry out research involving humans.


By the end of this course, you will understand:

  • What is research ethics and its importance and relevance in biomedical research
  • What is the central issue in research ethics
  • The key ethical principles in research ethics and how they can provide solutions to ethical question
  • How to identify and analyse ethical issues in research ethics using case studies




For the interactive session, you will be sent the link in the automated communication along with joining instructions. To join the session, you can click on the link 15 minutes before the session. Once the tutor has started the session, they will tell you what to do. The tutor will provide the relevant case studies during the session.


A good internet connection, a location that allows you to interact with the course uninterrupted, and the camera and microphone enabled on your PC to participate fully in discussions.


It is now a requirement that you complete the three short questions in the survey you receive after attending the course. Once you have submitted the survey, you will be sent an email with a link to your attendance certificate. This is to ensure we receive the feedback we need to evaluate and improve our courses. Survey results are downloaded and stored anonymously.


Where no cost is indicated in the shopping trolley, no deposit is required. However, more than two consecutive non-attendances or late cancellations without good reason will be logged and may mean you cannot attend any further MSD training that term. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for further information.