Neuroethics, 7.5 credits

Academic year 2022/2023

  • The course is cancelled.

    Spring 2023, Mixed, 50%, Distance learning

    Start date: 27 February 2023

    End date: 7 May 2023

    Application deadline: 17 October 2022

    Application code: UU-90026

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Flexible

    Selection: Higher education credits (maximum 285 credits)

    Outline for distance course: Web-based course with no physical or digital meetings. The course consists of recorded web lectures that are available throughout the course. To view the lectures, a computer with internet connection is required. Contact with teachers and fellow students is mainly done through forums on the course web page. The examination consists of a short essay in the subject of neuroethics.

    Number of mandatory meetings on campus: 0

    Number of voluntary meetings on campus: 0

Entry requirements: 120 credits


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 18,125

Tuition fee, total: SEK 18,125

About the course

Different types of neuroethical issues will be discussed during the course. The course focuses both on applied neuroethics, i.e. ethical questions that arise from neuroscientific or neurotechnological advances; and on fundamental neuroethics, i.e. questions concerning how knowledge of the brain's functional architecture and its evolution can deepen our understanding of human thought, including moral thought and judgment. The course also includes clinical perspectives, e.g. to what extent a patient with a neuro-degenerative disorder suffers from a reduced capacity for decision-making or reduced autonomy, or when a person with dementia can give informed consent to participate in scientific studies.

Lectures feature prominent researchers in neuroscience and philosophy:

  • Jean-Pierre Changeux: "Neuroscience of the arts"
  • Stanislas Dehaene: "Human brain mechanisms of subliminal processing and conscious access"
  • Etienne Koechlin: "Decision-making, executive control and the prefrontal cortex"
  • Hugo Lagercrantz: "The making of the new-born brain: genetic, epigenetic and environmental mechanisms"
  • Patricia Kuhl: "The Dawn of the Enlightened Brain - the scientist in the crib"
  • Kathinka Evers: "Neuroethics"; "The neural basis of morality"; and "Free will and personal responsibility in the wake of neuroscience"
  • Kai Kaila: "In Search for consciousness"
  • Dan Larhammar: "The neural basis of religious experience"
  • Maria Lindau: "Neuropsychological assessment of dementia"

More information


Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics

BMC, Husargatan 3, Uppsala

P.O. Box 564, SE-751 22 Uppsala, Sweden

Joel Trolte (Course Administrator)