This course will provide the PhD students with a basic understanding of the discipline of bioethics and equip the PhD students with the necessary knowledge for them to participate constructively in the bioethical discourses in their research fields.

Bioethics is an unescapable part of research in medicine and bioengineering. It influences the researcher in terms of regulations and procedures, politics and public opinions, as well as in more personal hopes and doubts. Every researcher in these areas benefit from being acquainted with the general ideas and theories of bioethics, so he/she can navigate, relate and evaluate the different ethical impacts and opinions. To enhance the insights into the bioethical aspects of one’s particular research is equally important when the researcher finds him/herself in the need of explaining or justifying the research, or when a self reflexively approach on his/her research comes to call. It is also valuable for researchers to acknowledge and be able to formulate bioethical concerns as part of applications for research grants.       

The course is organised as three full day sessions. Each session consists of lectures, exercises and workshop activities. The sessions will be supplemented by literature and video material and will cover both introductory issues as well as selected in-depth analyses. We aim to create a learning space with active participation.    

Relevant papers and book chapters will be made available prior to each session.

No prior knowledge of bioethics or ethics in general is needed.

PhD students are expected to be active during the sessions. There will be minor exercises and tasks that the students have to participate in during the course. At the end of the course, they will prepare a presentation (3-5 slides with voice-over recording) of bioethical concerns regarding their PhD project to be shared with everyone in the course.

Associate Professor Patrik Kjærsdam Telléus, email:
Professor Winnie Jensen, email:

Lecturers: Organizers + invited speakers

ECTS: 2.0

Time: 28-30 March 2022 (8.15-16.00)

Place: Online lectures

Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 7 March 2022

Important information concerning PhD courses:
We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3.000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. 
We look forward to your registrations.