Ethical review application

If your research involves human participants, their data or samples, then ethical review and approval is mandatory and must be obtained before starting your research. This page describes how to submit an application for ethical review and what to expect along the way. 

Researchers should consult the guidance on ethical issues for more on what to consider when planning research and completing an application form.

There are ethical review application form - exemplars (PDF) available for reference when completing the free-text fields in the application form and there is also training (online and face to face) available for applicants. 

Those making the following types of applications should follow the link for additional information:

For research involving the NHS

NHS approvals must be obtained first and then ratified by a School ethics committee. Get in contact with to check whether you will need any NHS approvals and, if so, which approvals you will need and how to obtain them. Get in contact as early as possible as acquiring NHS approvals may take months. When applying for NHS ethical approval, researchers are still required to use the University's template documents.

For research involving children

You should seek the advice of the Child Panel Representative before submitting your application - Dr Barbara Dritschel, email: There are template participant documents for children and letters to schools/parents and guardians. You may require PVG/DBS approval, check the guidance on the additional documents page.