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Ethics in Quality Control Practices


Admission requirements

Students of the master Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences specialisation Industrial Pharmacy (mandatory course) and other students of the master Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences.


After a short introduction to the most common ethical theories, the insights in ethics will be applied on the profession of a qualified person. Which ethical dilemmas may occur in the workplace? How can you act adequately and correctly in situations when different interests and moral values are in conflict? Starting point of the course is that ethical truth is not universal but is a product of intersubjective consultation.

This course aims to:

  • Provide an overview of the most common ethical theories.

  • Provide insight into ethical obligations of a Qualified person.

  • Learn students how to deal with ethical dilemmas and to train them in ethical decision making.

Course objectives

At the end of this course the student is able to:

  • Describe and explain the role of professional ethics related to the ethical and social aspects of industrial pharmacy.

  • Identify ethical dilemmas and understand the concept of personal integrity and ethical decision-making.


This course is scheduled for semester 1, period 1.

You will find the timetables for all courses and degree programmes of Leiden University in the tool MyTimetable (login). Any teaching activities that you have sucessfully registered for in MyStudyMap will automatically be displayed in MyTimeTable. Any timetables that you add manually, will be saved and automatically displayed the next time you sign in.

MyTimetable allows you to integrate your timetable with your calendar apps such as Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple Calendar and other calendar apps on your smartphone. Any timetable changes will be automatically synced with your calendar. If you wish, you can also receive an email notification of the change. You can turn notifications on in ‘Settings’ (after login).

For more information, watch the video or go the the 'help-page' in MyTimetable. Please note: Joint Degree students Leiden/Delft have to merge their two different timetables into one. This video explains how to do this.

The detailed course schedule will be published on Brightspace course module.

Mode of instruction

Lectures, tutorials (case study and discussion), Self-tuition.

Assessment method

This course will be concluded by an individual assignment, based on which the final grade will be determined.

The final grade is expressed using an integer between 1 and 10 and can be rounded off/up to a half integer, with the exception of the grade 5.5. Final grades between 5.50 and 5.99 will be rounded up to 6.0. The final grade should be 6.0 to successfully complete this course.

The time and manner of the inspection and of the feedback session on the examination are specified in the Brightspace module of the course.

Reading list

Suggested reading:

“Drug Delivery to the Brain- Physiological Concepts, Methodologies, and Approaches”. Editors: M. Hammarlund-Udenaes, EC de Lange, and R Thorne. AAPS/ Springer Science and Business Media. 2014; ISBN 978-1-4614-9104-0.

“Managing Business Ethics: Straight Talk about How to Do It Right, 6th Edition.” Linda K. Trevino, Katherine A. Nelson. February 2014, ©2014.


Every student has to register for courses with the enrolment tool MyStudyMap. There are two registration periods per year: registration for the fall semester opens in July and registration for the spring semester opens in December. Please see this page for more information.

Please note that it is compulsory to both preregister and confirm your participation for every exam and retake. Not being registered for a course means that you are not allowed to participate in the final exam of the course. If you want to retake of the exam of the course without following the lectures, you have to contact the coordinator of the course to see if this is possible (you would have to passed the other assignments of the course in the earlier year).
Confirming your exam participation is possible until ten days before the exam.

Extensive FAQ's on MyStudymap can be found [here] (


Coordinator of the Industrial Pharmacy specialisation: Drs. Judith Mathijssen (


Maximum 15 students. Students of the specialisation Industrial Pharmacy of the master programme Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences have guaranteed places.

Lectures are in English.

This information is without prejudice. Alterations can be made for next year.