Human and Animal Research Ethics (BETH5202)


This professional development short course introduces students to research ethics in its wider context. It explores the ethical underpinnings of the research endeavour including the justifications for engaging in research, core issues arising in research from inception to dissemination and research integrity. The course also reviews the history of research and the impact of research abuse on subjects, both human and animal. Participants are encouraged to develop practical skills in relation to their own research. Learning activities will include lectures and online activities.

Course Aims

Effective involvement in this Professional Development course will enable students to:

  • Outline the main ethical problems and associated arguments that arise in relation to human and animal research
  • Develop skills to engage in debate on issues involving human and animal research
  • Critically appraise research projects, methodologies, and topical issues.

Instructional Format

4 x 8hr intensives or distance learning; both accompanied by weekly discussions.

The intensive workshops (which will also be made available online) will review the central ethical concepts and issues involved in human and animal research.

Professional development short course students will not be required to submit any assessment for this course, although they are encouraged to participate in weekly discussions.


Teaching dates for the face-to-face intensives:

Semester 2:
Friday 29 July 2016 (9am - 5pm)
Saturday 30 July 2016 (9am - 5pm)

Friday 16 September 2016 (9am - 5pm)
Saturday 17 September 2016 (9am - 5pm).

Lectures will also be recorded and made available on the eLearning website.


Teaching will take place at the University of Sydney's Camperdown campus.

Application Deadline

Friday 29 July 2016

(late applications may be accepted)

Course Fee

$1,100 (including GST)

Discounts are available for a group of participants from the same institution or organisation, as follows:

  • 3 or more participants: 10% discount

The University's tuition fees are reviewed annually and may be varied during the period of study. The exact tuition fee may depend on the specific units of study in which you apply.

Application Form

Applicants wanting to undertake the Human and Animal Research Ethics short course need to complete the online application. You will be able to enter payment details as part of this secure process.

If you would like to apply for a group, please complete the group application form and tax invoice (PDF) and email it to the Bioethics administration team at . This can also be faxed to the Office for Teaching and Learning (details right of screen).

If you are a University of Sydney staff member and would like to apply, please contact the Office for Teaching and Learning regarding a journal transfer after you have submitted your application form.

More Information

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