Research Integrity Training

Research Student Training Requirements

UCD is strongly committed to the highest standards of integrity in all aspects of research. 

Research Integrity Training is a compulsory element of all Research Degree programmes for students admitted after 31 August 2019. Students admitted before this date may also take the training.

This training requirement can be met during your research programme by taking either:

  1. An Online Research Integrity Training for Research Degree Students on Brightspace with 8 sections which takes an estimated 5 hours. There are no credits associated with this course but upon successful completion of the multiple-choice quizzes at the end of each section, you will receive a certificate.
  2. Research Integrity Module SCI50020 in which online training is accompanied by face to face workshops with discussion of specific case studies. This module attracts five ECTS credits and is most suitable for science and engineering research students.

These Research Integrity training courses provide you with an opportunity to better understand your obligations and responsibilities as researchers, identify the challenges you could face in meeting those responsibilities and practical advice on how to deal with complex situations in which you may find yourself.

Learn More: explore the University Research Integrity Policy

Online Research Integrity Training for Research Degree Students

This online Research Integrity course provides you, as an early stage researcher, with an opportunity to better understand your obligations and responsibilities along with practical advice on how to deal with complex situations in which you may find yourself. This course will help you develop self-assessment techniques which will be invaluable throughout your career.

<strong>Online </strong> Research Integrity Training for Research Degree Students

Upon successful completion of the multiple-choice quiz at the end of the course, you will be able to download a certificate. Having this certificate meets the university requirement for graduate research students to satisfactorily complete research integrity training, prior to submission of your thesis at the completion of your research programme.

  • The course can be completed in your own time, is available in five discipline areas and takes an estimated 5 hours. 
  • To access the course, please log onto Brightspace and click EXPLORE 


UCD is a member of the Irish Universities Association’s Research Integrity Forum. This Forum negotiated a National Subscription for an online Research Integrity Training Course for research students and faculty from Epigeum. Epigeum is a leading provider of online courses for the university sector. Courses are developed through global collaboration of experts and partner universities including UCD. This is funded by the IUATHEAHRBIRCSFIEIDAFMEPATeagasc and the Marine Institute.

The Dilemma Game app has been developed by Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) and confronts researchers with difficult dilemmas in the context of a critical dialogue, supporting them in further developing their own 'moral compass'.

Online Training FAQ

When you log into Brightspace, click on the 'EXPLORE' link and it should be the first module presented to you, under the "My Modules" section, called "Research Integrity Training".


The expected time to complete is 300 minutes/5 hours but it may take longer depending on the individual.

Please note that you must complete sections 1-8 to  recieve the certificate that will meet the universitey requirements

No, you may log on and off the course as needed until you have completed the course, passed successfully and are ready to download your certificate. Please keep your certificate safe as this will be requested by funding agencies as proof that you have successfully completed the course.

In order to meet the requirements of the Academic Regulations, you need to complete sections 1-8 inclusive, and to complete the quiz at the end of each section. The passmark is 80% in each section. You can retake any quiz, to reach this passmark.

You must achieve a minimum of 80% in the test at the end of the course to be successful and have the ability to download the certificate.

Yes, The National Policy Statement on Ensuring Research Integrity in Ireland was published in June 2014. The signatories to the statement are the main research-performing and research-funding organisations in Ireland. They have agreed the following four commitments:

  • Commitment 1 – We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of integrity in all aspects of our research, founded on basic principles of good research practice to be observed by all researchers and research organisations.
  • Commitment 2 – Education and promotion of good research practice are the foundations of research integrity. We are committed to maintaining a national research environment that is founded upon a culture of integrity, embracing internationally recognised good practice and a positive, proactive approach to promoting research integrity. This will include support for the development of our researchers through education and promotion of good research practices.
  • Commitment 3 – We are committed to working together to reinforce and safeguard the integrity of the Irish research system and to reviewing progress regularly.
  • Commitment 4 – We are committed to using transparent, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of research misconduct when they arise.

Within the Research Integrity Course is appropriate to all disciplines and you can choose activities/ scenarios from the following areas of research i.e.

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Natural Science
  • Social Science

Additional FAQs can be found on UCD Research and Innovation page.

UCD Research Integrity

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