Online course (2 credits) for doctoral candidates at Aalto University including two compulsory workshops. Lecturer is Dr. Henriikka Mustajoki.


Doctoral studies, recommended for first or second year of study. The course is 2 ECTS and comprises 46 hours of independent study and 8 hours of workshop.


Online course: 12 October – 12 November 2018

Workshops: Thursday 25 October at 12-16 and Wednesday 31 October at 12-16 (both in lecture room U8, Kandikeskus, Otakaari 1, Otaniemi).

Assessment 1 – Mon 22.10.2018 - Ethical issues and challenges in my own research

Workshop 1- Thu 25.10.2018, 12-4pm – Lecture Room U8 Kandikeskus (Otakaari 1) Otaniemi

Assessment 2 – Mon 29.10.2018 - Peer Review

Assessment 3 – Tue 30.10 – 12.11.2018 - Discussion board on ethical issues

Workhop 2 - Wed 31.10.2018, 12-4pm – Lecture Room U8 Kandikeskus (Otakaari 1) Otaniemi

Assessment 4 – Mon 12.11.2018 - Reflection and solutions to ethical issues

Assessment 5 – Mon 12.11.2018 – Deadline for online quizzes

NOTE: attendance at workshops is compulsory


Please sign up here by 4 October 2018. Open for doctoral candidates in all schools at Aalto University.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course a Doctoral candidate is able to

  1. recognise and analyse key research ethical questions
  2. formulate ethical research plans and responses to ethical challenges by applying key
    ethical theories and approaches
  3. recognise and understand key ethical principles guiding research and how they apply to research work
  4. understand the Finnish Responsible Conduct of Research guidelines, processes for
    dealing with research misconduct, and processes for applying research license or
    ethical review
  5. identify rights and responsibilities as a researcher
  6. understand how ethical decisions and choices influence society and research

Mode of study

The course will be taught online ( Your enrollment key is RE218. The course language is English (materials in Finnish are also accessible on the Moodle site). Most of the course is self-directed and allows for great flexibility with when and where it is done. However, assessments have strict deadlines.

Course content

The course content is described in the course outline (pdf).

The course completion requires:

  • active engagement with the course material,
  • completing compulsory assessment tasks detailed above.
  • attendance at the 2 workshops

The course evaluation is based on adequately achieving learning outcomes as evidenced in the assessment tasks.

Evaluation criteria



Dr Henriikka Mustajoki is the course coordinator. You can contact Henriikka on or via Moodle message facility.