Ethics policy and procedures
All research executed under the auspices of the School of Health in Social Science (SHSS) must have undergone formal ethical review within the UK, prior to commencing data collection.
The School of Health in Social Science has an established Research Ethics Committee to enable ethical review of all research studies that are not otherwise subjected to an ethical review process via the NHS (i.e. via the Integrated Research Application system - IRAS) or similar official public body.
That is, any research, funded or otherwise, by SHSS staff/research fellows or by SHSS students (UG, MRes, taught master’s programmes, taught doctorate programmes and PhD), that is not otherwise subjected to formal ethical review in the UK.
For any queries regarding an IRAS application, please contact CAHSS Research Governance office by e-mail CAHSS.firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 0131 651 3916
Complaints: Information about the University of Edinburgh’s Research Misconduct Policy can be found at
UoE Research Misconduct Policy
Any complaints can be made to the Head of School at
Level 1 - Self-audit
Research ethics committee
Does my research need ethical review?
Outline of ethics process/procedures
Undergoing ethical review
Level 2 and 3 ethics application
How long will the ethical review take?
Research Support Office
Visit the research support office webpages for information for researchers on relevant policies, codes of practice, training, guidance and support on research integrity from.