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This course is scheduled once each term.

course aim

To encourage participants to articulate and reflect on the ethical concerns faced by researchers. Participants will leave with a general grasp of the kinds of reasoning that is involved in the ethical consideration of research involving human beings. Although it is not the primary focus of the session, there will be some discussion of the structures and procedures in place in the university and the NHS for the scrutiny of research. Researchers carrying out research involving humans are encouraged to attend one of these introductory sessions.

Course format

The session will centre on a case study designed to bring out the major ethical issues in research involving humans. The group will then consider more formally the structure of the concerns raised by the case study and its discussion.

Course content

  • Importance of research: 'why do research?' as an introduction to ethics
  • Ethics and Science: what is good research?
  • Risks and Benefits: principles vs. balancing
  • Consent and confidentiality: autonomy and privacy

Course length

3 hours

Participant numbers

Maximum 25 

Terms and Conditions

Please read the Terms and Conditions for course booking and attendance.

*** NEW COURSES ***

Careers workshops for research students and research staff in Hilary term - run by the Careers Service

iSkills for the Medical Sciences Division: Introduction to Mendeley (run by Bodleian iSkills) - book now for places during January-April.

Pathways for women researchers aiming for an academic career in sciencerun by the MPLS division

Graduate skills training courses available in early February at the Department for Continuing Education - spaces limited so book now

In collaboration with IT: R: Kick off – For those interested in learning what R can do to analyse and visualise data – 1 and 8 February

In collaboration with IT: R: Preparing for your data analysis – Basic concepts in exploratory data analysis and statistical modelling using R – 15 February and 7 March

In collaboration with IT: R: Visualising your data – For those who would like develop their skills in visualising data using R – 15 March

Writing a transfer report 23 January 2019

Writing a thesis 5 March 2019

Writing a thesis 12 March 2019

Writing a thesis 19 March 2019

Mixing it up mixed research methods course at the Department for Continuing Education (free for Oxford DPhil students) - 23 April to 11 June

Forthcoming events

Introduction to statistics (Group A)

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 to Tuesday, 12 March 2019, 9.30am - 12.30pm

Introduction to statistics (Group B)

Thursday, 21 February 2019 to Thursday, 14 March 2019, 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Viva preparation

Monday, 04 March 2019, 2pm to 5pm

Writing a thesis

Tuesday, 05 March 2019, 2pm to 5pm

Experimental Design: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Wednesday, 06 March 2019, 9am to 5pm

Managing your supervisor

Thursday, 07 March 2019, 10am to 1pm