Research Integrity Training FAQs

All UCD Staff and Students can access the Research Integrity Training module via Brightspace. Log into Brightspace using your UCD Connect details, then click on "Explore" and search for the module Research Integrity Training.

Academic Staff need to "View as Student" in order to access the course.

Completion of Research Integrity Training is now a mandatory requirement for holding a grant from many Irish research Funding Agencies. 

In addition, for Graduate Research Students admitted after 31 August 2019, it is compulsory to complete Research Integrity Training in order to comply with Academic Regulations.

You need to undertake Core sections 1&2 (Good Research Conduct & Irresponsible Research Practices), to be certified as having completed Concise Research Integrity Training.

You need to undertake Core sections 1-8, to be certified as having completed Comprehensive Research Integrity Training and, if relevant, to meet the Academic Regulations requirement for Research Degree Students. 

Yes. Students can access research integrity training by taking either:

  1. An Online Research Integrity Training for Research Degree Students on Brightspace with 8 sections which takes an estimated 4 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.

Further details can be found on the Graduate Studies website.

If you have completed a recognised Research Integrity training module (the appropriate Epigeum course), within two years before you started UCD programme, then this may be sufficient to meet your degree requirement. Please contact with the appropriate certificate for further information.

This training course has embedded discipline-specific content, scenarios and case studies across five key disciplinary areas: Arts and Humanities, Biomedical Science, Engineering, Natural Science & Social Science.

Each section takes approximately 30 minutes. If you are completing all 8 core sections to undertake the Comprehensive training, then it will take approximately 4 hours in total. However, there is no requirement to complete all sections in one session.

Yes. Once you successfully complete the quizzes at the end of each section and score over 80% in each quiz, then you can download and save your Research Integrity Training Certificate from Brightspace. 

Instructions on how to download your certificate are here

If you do not attain 80% or higher in any quiz, you will not pass the course, and will not get a certificate.

However, you can re-take the quizzes at the end of each section multiple times, in order to attain the required pass mark of 80%.

The Specialist courses are designed to supplement the Comprehensive and Concise courses about specific aspects of research integrity which will be relevant to certain types of research.  These cover:

  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Research Involving Human Participants
  • The Care and Use of Animals in Research
  • Intellectual Property
  • Export Controls

They are not mandatory and each take approximately half an hour to complete. You will be awarded a certificate in Brightspace upon completion of each of these specialist courses.

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