Responsible Conduct of Research 1: An Introduction

Mandatory PhD course

All PhD students are required to participate in the course Responsible Conduct of Research 1: An Introduction, offered by the Graduate School.

When can I take the course?

  • The course is held monthly
  • You must participate in the course within the first 12 months of your PhD programme
  • You enrol via the course catalogue
  • Please note, that you can participate in this course even if you have already earned 35 ECTS credits.


The course is held online and at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Panum. Please check the course catalogue for more information about the location. 

The course purpose

To make you familiar with norms relating to responsible conduct of research and problems concerning scientific misconduct or questionable conduct of research. The course will cover these topics:

  • Documentation of scientific results
  • Handling and keeping of scientific data
  • Authorship
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Conflicts of interest and commitment
  • Communication with the public

The purpose of the course is to inform about current norms of responsible conduct of research and enable reflection on how to apply these norms. You will learn how to

  • describe and discuss various forms of Research Misconduct: Fabrication, Falsification, and Plagiarism
  • describe how to draw the line between Research Misconduct and Questionable Research Practices
  • describe how allegations of Research Misconduct are raised and the principles for handling suspicions of Research Misconduct
  • describe national and international institutions handling Scientific Misconduct or dealing with Questionable Research Practices