Research Ethics

Research Ethics Course

CENTRES offers a blended course in research ethics.

What is it?

Online modules 20 to 30 minutes each


Face-to-face practicums 4 hours

Our online modules offer an interactive and immersive learning experience that includes quizzes and a resource library of relevant materials.

Participants are strongly encouraged to complete the online content before attending the practicums. The concepts and methods are covered in the online content. The face-to-face practicums allows participants to apply what they have learnt in the online modules through the discussion of actual protocols and cases, with their peers and colleagues from various disciplines, thereby gaining broader perspectives on the issues.

What topics are covered?

An Introduction to Research Ethics

As the name suggests, this is an introductory module, and we suggest that you start here if you are relatively new to research ethics. It offers an overview on the history and evolution of research ethics, the guiding ethical principles, scientific analysis and ethics review, research regulation and the work of the institutional review board (IRB).

Core Ethics 1: Consent and Confidentiality

The learning objectives of this module are to understand the ethical principle of Respect for Persons in the research ethics context. Learners will appreciate the ethical basis of consent and confidentiality. Aspects covered include types of consent, coercion, deception, return of incidental findings, and steps to protect research subjects’ privacy and confidentiality.

Core Ethics 2: Proportionality, Justice and Solidarity

The learning objectives of this module are to understand the ethical principles of Proportionality, Justice and Solidarity. Learners will understand how to weigh up the risks and benefits, identify and manage conflicts of interest, and consider matters of justice, such as fair recruitment of research subjects.

Human Biomedical Research Act (HBRA) 1

The learning objectives of this module are to understand the scope of the HBRA, and how the HBRA regulates privacy and confidentiality. Learners will be able to determine which studies fall under the new law, and understand how the research subject’s privacy and confidentiality should be protected.

Human Biomedical Research Act (HBRA) 2

The learning objectives of this module are to understand consent and waivers of consent, coercion, deception, and misrepresentation, as regulated under the HBRA. Learners will be able to understand the requirements of each to apply in their practice reviewing research protocols, and as researchers.

Clinical Trials

The learning objectives of this module are to understand what a clinical trial is, understand how they are regulated, including the distinction between therapeutic products and medicinal products, appreciate the ethical standards that apply, and understand how the consent process should be managed.

General Laws and Regulations

The learning objectives of this module are to explain the elements of valid consent in the common law, describe the regulations governing consent for adults lacking capacity to make decisions, explain the key features of the Personal Data Protection Act, the law on confidentiality and international ethics guidelines.

Who is it for?

  • Members, chairs and administrators of institutional review boards
  • Researchers
  • Healthcare professionals interested in research ethics

How do I sign up?

CENTRES members and individuals who have signed up for our clinical ethics mailing list will receive mailers on when selected topics in the blended course will be run and given the opportunity to register for the course.

If you aren’t on our research ethics mailing list, subscribe now.

Is there a fee?

No, there is no fee.


Please contact Cheryl Lee or Nurul Izzati.