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The PhD course in research ethics focuses on the responsibility of individuals to apply an ethical approach in their own research project. The course will give students knowledge about general ethical problems in research, as well as rules and regulations in social sciences research. The course will also improve the student’s ability to mobilize a sense of responsibility when faced with ethical problems relevant to research.

Ethical norms and values are integral to all sciences rather than being imposed on research by external bodies. Ethical reflection characterizes scientific work, from the initial tenuous start of the research process to the final publication and dissemination to the public. This is not only out of consideration for the research subjects but also in regard to colleagues, the general public and society at large. Lectures, short exercises and active problem solving in groups will invite reflection on research ethics in relation to one’s own and others’ research.

Learning outcome

By the end of the course the candidates will:

• Be familiar with the rules that apply to their research practice and that of related disciplines.
• Be able to identify and handle ethics dilemmas relevant to their practice.
• Have attained a level of reflection that will guide them in their research career


The course is compulsory for all candidates on the PhD programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

PhD Candidates must each semester register in Studentweb for the courses and exams they wish to take.

The deadline for course registration for the mandatory Faculty component is Februrary 1 and September 1. 

This course is only available for candidates admitted to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences.



Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission to the course is dependent on admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo.

Overlapping courses


The teaching spans two and a half days (autumn, week 41: Wednesday-Friday/spring, week 9: Wednesday-Friday)

The course consists of a combination of lectures, seminars and group presentations, and active participation is required.

100% attendance on all days is compulsory for SV9104. 

Approved compulsory attendance is a prerequisite for examination. The attendance and examination must be completed in the same semester.

Mandatory preparations

The participants are expected to read the curriculum in advance.

Additionally you are expected to prepare two or three questions relevant to your research project. These could be directly related to your own project, or critical reflections concerning the course material. The questions must be uploaded in Canvas at latest one week before the course starts. If you do not upload the questions within the deadline your course registration will be cancelled. 


The exam will consist of a group presentation on the last day of the course.

Language of examination

The language of examination is English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.

The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.

The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it. The examiner decides whether the explanation is to be given in writing or verbally.

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Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


Feedback from our students is essential if we are to offer the best possible courses and programmes of study. We carry out continuous evaluation of this course, and at regular intervals we request students to participate in a more comprehensive, periodic evaluation of the course.

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