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University of Leeds

Introduction to Research Ethics: Working with People

University of Leeds via FutureLearn


Ensure your research is up to the highest ethical standards

Research ethics is vital when conducting research with people. Non ethical research may put research subjects at risk and even jeopardise the validity of the findings. As we undertake more and more research using increasingly diverse methods like the internet, it is important to get it right the first time.

On this course, you will learn the principles of ethical research, and how to manage human subject research in sensitive and appropriate ways. You will consider issues like gaining consent, making sure that personal information is handled safely, and recruiting vulnerable participants.

This course is useful for learners undertaking research with people using social research methods such as questionnaires, interviews etc.

The course is essential for undergraduate students completing research for their final year project but it is also suitable for postgraduates and academic researchers.

The course is part of the academic skills courses portfolio at the University of Leeds aiming to improve skills required for academic study.

Taught by

Natasha McKeever

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  • Maria Luisa A. Valdez
    The course underscored some of the historical backgrounds of research ethics such as the experiments on people in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, The Nuremberg Code, and the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, which I found very interesting. This...
  • Anonymous
    This course is a MUST for all researchers engaged in research activities/projects using human participants. It reminded me of the professional ethics that we need to observe in the performance of our duties and responsibilities.

    Thank you very much, University of Leeds!
  • Anonymous
    This course helped me become aware of many ethical issues that researchers need to address before, during, and after pursuing their respective investigations. Taking this course helps researchers increase their level of professionalism in their work.
  • Anonymous
    Thank you. The course was informative. I have gained a lot of knowledge and I will use every bid of the details acquired. I would recommend it to my friends.
  • Anonymous
    This course provided a good introduction to research ethics. It covered the basics that researchers need to keep in mind while approaching participants for research studies. It also provided sample framework that could help researchers to create their own Participant Information Sheets.
  • Anonymous
    This course is very informative, I learned a lot and it will help me in my future studies and research, knowing all the proper procedures and all the ethical ways and rules that I should consider before starting one.
  • Anonymous
    it is an informative course and has really helped me understand ethical issues I used to take for granted.

    the course has also motivated me to do more courses on research and ethics
  • Anonymous
    The course is easy to learn. It was designed for easy understanding of the subject matter. Short reading articles and video presentations.
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    M M completed this course.

    I really enjoyed the course. Though I am not researcher, but as my job is monitoring Research Ethics for my institution, this course helped me a lot in understanding ethics principles. This will also help me in review and upgrading policies for my institution.
    Thank you.
  • Anonymous
    This course was very helpful, in understanding the importance of ethics when working with people. Excellent case scenarios, with ethical considerations.
  • Anonymous
    A brilliant course for anyone with an interest in conducting their own research. Essential concepts were discussed and explained really well with a mix of case studies, articles, videos and further resources. I especially liked the interactive content and quizzes used to check your knowledge from the learning material. Overall an enjoyable and interesting course which has proved extremely useful in my own professional goals.
  • Anonymous
    This course enlightens the minds of researchers and potential researchers on the ethical issues concerning how research should be conducted. It deals with some historical issue of how research was conducted, the effect it posed on human lives (both the researcher and the participants) and the way forward.
  • Anonymous
    A very accessible and informative introduction to research ethics. As a research supervisor this is a very helpful reminder of the fundamental considerations of research ethics when working with people, and would also be a useful introduction to junior practitioner researchers.
  • Anonymous
    Excellent Course. It is quite informative, easy to access and understand. It is up to date and easy to navigate.

    If the speaker is hard/difficult/challenging to understand then there is transcript and translation.

    I just don't know how to generate my free certificate
  • Anonymous
    This course was very detailed and informative. It has helped expand my knowledge regarding ethical issues that researchers must take into consideration when conducting their study. I will use the information gained and appropriately apply them to my own research.
  • Kyi Kyi Sein

    Kyi Kyi Sein completed this course.

    It is a good course for beginners who study research ethics. It covers main ethical priniples. It highlighted the ethical issues in recruitment of research participants, data collection, data storage and presentations (integrity of the researchers). Furthermore, it described ethical issues in archival and Internet research.
    Illustrations with examples and case scenarios help learners' understanding. Quizzes help the learners for self-assessment and reflection of learning.
    Overall, I really satisfied with the course and I'm grateful to the course instructor for her strenuous efforts she put in this course.
  • Anonymous
    This course was very helpful for me! Now, I feel more confident to continue my research work! Hopefully, the lecturers of this course keep updating the materials with the newest issue in conducting a proper research
  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed the course I learn a lot about research and what is involved when conducting research. Its a lot of information that I will keep in mind when completing my research.

    Thank you!!
  • Anonymous
    I found the course short, interesting, informative, and very useful. It also provided the opportunity to check our learning. Finally, extra links were provided for further reading as well!
  • Anonymous
    Simple, accessible short course which uses good mix of videos, exercises, quizzes etc. And you can do quickly/topline or follow all links etc for greater depth.

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