Research Ethics


The students should be able to:

- Identify different ethical dimensions of Scientific Research

- Know the Research Ethics normative framework – ethical and legal norms (principles and rules)

- Analyze and discuss the most relevant research ethics dilemmas

- Know how to manage and evaluate a research project from an ethical standpoint

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria Paula Marçal Grilo Lobato Faria, joao cordeiro


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Total - 22

Teaching language



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- The Student''''s Guide to Research Ethics (Open Up Study Skills). Paul Oliver. Open University Press (2003)

- On Being a Scientist – A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research. National Academies Press (2008)

- Fraud and Misconduct in Biomedical Research. Frank Wells and Michael Farthing. The Royal Society of Medicine Press (2008)

- Principles of Biomedical Ethics. Tom L. Beauchamp, James F. Childress. Oxford University Press (2009)

- Research Ethics in the Real World: Issues and Solutions for Health and Social Care Professionals. Tony Long, Martin Johnson. ELSEVIER (2006)

- 100 Cases in Clinical Ethics and Law. Carolyn Johnston, Penelope Bradbury. Oxford University Press (2008)

Teaching method

− Lectures including group discussion;

− Analysis and discussion of case studies and relevant ethical dilemas;

− Seminars;

− Distance learning

Evaluation method

- Work dedication and personal organization (20%)

- Presentation and discussion of work (80%)

Subject matter

– Fundamentals of Ethics; Ethics and Science; Ethics and LAw; Bioethics and Moral

– Normative framework – the main international normative instruments; Ethical Councils and Comissions

– Research Ethics main topics – scientific misconduct; informed consent; data protection; confidentiality; intelectual property; integrity; conflict of interests and other topics of contemporary research ethics.

– Research Ethics paradigm cases; analysis and ethical evaluation of scientific research projects; clinical trials and basic pioneer research