Human and Animal Research Ethics (BETH5202)

Bioethics Short Courses at the Sydney School of Public Health are open for 2018 registrations. These courses are designed to address the growing interest in the life sciences and biomedical technologies as well as the need for ethics education among researchers and practitioners in health-related fields and disciplines. They provide an innovative, interdisciplinary approach and are an excellent way to add value to an ongoing career.

Students will receive a certificate of attendance but will not be eligible for university credit as the Professional Development course is not assessed.


This professional development short course introduces students to research ethics in its wider context. It explores the ethical underpinnings of the research endeavour in both humans and non-human animals, 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. Participants are encouraged to develop practical skills in relation to their own research. Learning activities will include lectures and online activities.

A reading list will be provided to all participants; although due to copyright restrictions some readings may not be available to you. For further details email or call 02 9036 3065.

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 non-human animal research
  • Develop skills to engage in debate on issues involving human and non-human animal research
  • Critically appraise research projects, methodologies, and topical issues.

Instructional Format

2 x 8hr intensives plus online studies, or fully online mode; 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.


This Course is taught in Semester 2. As it is tied to an assessable Unit of Study (BETH5202 Human and Animal Research Ethics), face to face teaching will only proceed if enough students enrol in this mode. Otherwise, the course proceeds online, supported by an eLearning Platform.

If the course is taught face to face, teaching is over 2 whole-day intensives as follows:

Semester 2:
Friday 10 August 2018
Saturday 11 August 2018

Dates may be subject to change, please check this page prior to Semester 2 of 2018 for any updates.

These intensives will be held at the University of Sydney’s Camperdown campus.

In addition to the intensives, the course also proceeds online with a different topic each week (mapped to the intensive lectures); from Mon 31 July 2018 to Friday 2 November 2018.

Application Deadline

Friday 13 July 2018

(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

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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