UV9010 – Research Ethics

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The aim of the course is to highlight the various ethical issues related to research in general and ethical issues you may face in your PhD-project. The focus is put on research ethics challenges through various stages of the research process, from project planning to the thesis.


The course is compulsory for PhD candidates at the Faculty of Educational Sciences.

PhD candidates affiliated with the Faculty of Educational Sciences register through Studentweb.

Others may apply through the application form.

PhD candidates at The Faculty of Educational Sciences will be given priority.

Registration deadline: September 9, 2021.


The course is organized as a seminar, with 12 hours of lectures over two days (6 hours a day). Mandatory attendance 80% required.

Date: October 14-15, 2021. You will find the schedule on the semester page.

Place: Room 231, Helga Eng's building. 

Programme: Please click to find the course programme

We expect that you have reflected over possible ethical dilemmas related to your own PhD project in advance, and that you will be ready to discuss these during the course.

Early draft

Prior to the course, the participants are required to send a short presentation of their own PhD project. The presentation should describe procedures for data collection and address pontential ethical dilemmas. Length: 2-300 words. These drafts will be circulated to all participants and will form the basis for group discussions during the course.

Deadline for submitting the early draft: September 27, 2021. Drafts are to  be submitted electronically in Canvas


To achieve 3 credits you must hand in and receive pass on a paper after the course. 80% attendance is required.

The essay

  • Must be about ethical issues related to your PhD project
  • You can write alone, or together two and two (10-11 pages)
  • Maximum length of 7-8 pages
  • Spacing 1,5 and size 12

Submission deadline: November 15, 2021.

Essays are to be submitted electronically in Canvas.

Examiner guide

For information about the assessment criteria, please read the examiner guide.

Grading scale

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


Evaluation form.


If you have questions, contact kathrine.hoegh-omdal@isp.uio.no

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