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Ethics in Quality Control Practices


Admission requirements

Completed the first year of the master Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences. Research Project 1 must be completed with at least an average of 7.5 for the components Practical work, Report, and Oral presentation. Master’s students of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences specialization Industrial Pharmacy and other master’s students of 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.


Semester 1, period 1.
A detailed course schedule will be published on Brightspace.

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.

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.


Registration via uSis for both the course and exam is mandatory. Registration for the course closes 14 days before the start of the course or earlier when the maximum number of students is reached. Registration for the exam closes 7 days before the exam date or earlier when the maximum number of students is reached.


Coordinator of the Industrial Pharmacy specialization: Emily Ouwehand MA (email:


Maximum 12 students. Students of the specialisation Industrial Pharmacy of the master programme Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences have guaranteed places.

Lectures will be held in Utrecht and are in Dutch.

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