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: 8 March – 8 April 2019
Workshops: Tuesday 19 March at 8-12 and Tuesday 2 April at 8-12 (both in lecture room U8, Kandikeskus, Otakaari 1, Otaniemi).
Assessment 1 – Mon 18.3.2019 - Ethical issues and challenges in my own research
Workshop 1- Tue 19.3.2019, 8am-12pm – Lecture Room U8 Kandikeskus Otaniemi

Assessment 2 – Mon 25.3.2019 - Peer Review
Assessment 3 – Tue 26.3. – 8.4.2019 - Discussion board on ethical issues
Workhop 2 - Tue 2.4.2019, 8am-12pm – Lecture Room U8 Kandikeskus Otaniemi

Assessment 4 – Mon 8.4.2019 - Reflection and solutions to ethical issues
Assessment 5 – Mon 8.4.2019 – Deadline for online quizzes
NOTE: attendance at workshops is compulsory


Please sign up here by 28 February 2019. 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 community

Mode of study

The course will be taught online ( 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 in the course outline.
  • 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.