School of Social and Political Science

Dissertation research - ethics requirements


All research carried out by members of the School, including undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation projects, are subject to ethical review procedures. The ethics review process is designed to support researchers in managing risks associated with their research, and to ensure the highest professional standards in designing, conducting and disseminating research.

What do I need to do?

Before you begin your undergraduate dissertation, you will need to complete the self-assessment ethics review form. This is an online form you can access at:

On page 1 of the form, you will be asked to specify your supervisor and/or course organiser. For students completing the form for their UG dissertation, it is important that you list your supervisor here. If your 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 you are asked on the form will be directly related to the type of research you will be undertaking and so it should be a straightforward form to complete.

You will be able to save your form at any point, so if there is a question you are unsure of, you can save your form and ask your supervisor for guidance. You can then resume completing your form by accessing it at:

Once you have submitted your ethics form, your supervisor will be in touch via email, so please keep an eye on your student email account for any correspondence. You should check your Clutter and Junk folders in case any of the communications are sent there. If for any reason you need to update, revise or check the status of your form, you can login to review.

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