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Human and animal research ethics

Explore the ethics underpinning research
This course introduces students to ethical issues in research involving humans and non-human animals. You will critically engage with relevant concepts as they arise in research, from its inception to dissemination.

Course overview

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.

Effective involvement in this short 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.

Intensive workshops 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.

Important: This short course is a variant of the unit of study, Human and animal research ethics (BETH5202). It enables you to complete the unit without formal university enrolment. You will receive a certificate of attendance, however, you will not receive credit points towards a University of Sydney degree.

Key information
Course fees
  • $1,100 (incl. GST)
  • 10% discount is available for groups of three or more participants from the same institution or organisation
Course structure
  • two 2-day face-to-face intensives with weekly reading and online discussions, or
  • online intensive with weekly readings and online discussions and studies

Nb: if there are not enough students enrolled face-to-face, this course will be offered online only.

Application deadline Friday 7th August 2020
  • Friday 14th August 2020
  • Saturday 15th August 2020

In addition to the intensives, the course also proceeds online with a different topic each week (mapped to the intensive lectures); from Monday 3 August 2020 to 28 November 2020.

How to apply


Complete the online application. You will be able to enter payment details as part of this secure process.

Groups (three or more)

Complete the group application form (pdf, 57.7KB) and submit it to

University of Sydney staff

Contact us regarding a journal transfer after you have submitted your application form.

Group application form

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