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Medical and Research Ethics MED5408

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will provide students with a critical understanding of ethics in research and clinical practice. It will also provide students with knowledge of good clinical and scientific practice, and ethical governance issues related to research and clinical practice.


The course will be delivered over a five week block with ca.2 hours of seminars/tutorials per week.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Critical Literature Review 80%

The student will be asked to provide a critical literature review based on the themes and content discussed throughout the course (1000/1500 words). The literature review will be based on a critical analysis on a particular ethical issue related to research allied to clinical medicine.

20% course oral engagement.

Course Aims

This course aims to provide students with a critical understanding ethics in research and clinical practice, good clinical and scientific practice, and ethical governance in research and clinical practice.


The course also aims to equip students for the ethical aspects of their own medical or scientific practices, to enable them to evaluate and to conduct a research project and to evaluate other research and practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Critically discuss the ethical issues relating to medical science, and its translation into clinical practice.

2. Reflect and critically evaluate their current research and clinical practices and how ethical issues may influence this.

3. Critically discuss and apply Good Clinical/Scientific Practice and understand ethical governance in research and clinical practice.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.