Research Ethics

This module explores the ethical questions and issues that arise in the context of research. The exact content of the module will differ each year, as it will be tailored to the interests and needs of the particular student cohort. However, the focus will be broader than just the research ethics of clinical trials and may include discussion of research in relation to surgery, primary care, public health, and social science etc.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • demonstrate understanding of, and be able to discuss critically, the key ethical issues in research ethics
  • demonstrate understanding of, and be able to discuss critically, ethical theory and principles relevant to research ethics
  • analyse, construct and critique arguments used in research ethics
  • critically analyse case studies, examples and methods used in discussion of research ethics


20 credits

Module Attendance Required

1 block week of teaching

Module Dates

2014-15: 1 to 5 June 2015


One written assignment

Module Coordinators

Professor Angus Dawson

Stand alone Course

This module can be taken as a standalone course. It can be assessed or non assessed. To apply, please contact the Programme Coordinator on 0121 414 7577 or at All applications must be received a minimum of one month before the start date of the module. For further information on fees or entry requirements, please contact the Programme Administrator .