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Ethical Review for Students

All research carried out by members of the School, including undergraduate and post-graduate dissertation projects, need to go through an ethical review process. The ethical review process is designed to support researchers and students in managing risks associated with their research, and to ensure the highest professional standards in designing, conducting and disseminating research. Please see here for detailed guidance.

Before starting any empirical research, all students need to complete ethical review through using the online tool (EASE login required) which involves a series of prompts about issues which might arise during research. Completed forms will be reviewed by the student’s supervisor or relevant course organiser.

On page 1 of the form, students will be asked to specify their supervisor and/or course organiser. For students completing the form for their MSc dissertation, it is important that they list their dissertation supervisor here and leave the course organiser box BLANK.  Otherwise the form will be sent to the wrong person. If their supervisor does not appear in the drop down list, please select specify someone not in the list and add in their details.

All of the questions asked on the form are directly related to the type of research to be undertaken and so it should be a straightforward form to complete. The form can be saved and returned to at a later point, so students can clarify any issues with their supervisors as they complete the process. To resume a submission, go to http://ethics.sps.ed.ac.uk/your_submissions

Once submitted, the supervisor will be in touch via email. Students should check their Clutter and Junk folders on their students email account in case any of the communications are sent there.

If for any reason students need to update, revise, or check the status of their form, this can be done by logging in at: http://ethics.sps.ed.ac.uk/your_submissions

In case of any queries on the process or the status of an application please contact:

for MSc Dissertation Research Ethics submissions: PGT.ethics.sps@ed.ac.uk

for PhD and MScR Research Ethics submissions: pgresearch.sps@ed.ac.uk

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