Understanding People within their Context
Understanding People within their Context
Understanding People within their Context

Research Ethics

Research Ethics

All students should read and follow the Operation Guidelines for University of Limerick Research Ethics & Governance Committees

All FYP/MRP students must receive approval from the Education and Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee before they begin data collection.  Each student must prepare an application in conjunction with their supervisor. The supervisor will then submit the completed application.

An ethics application should consist of:

  • The Ethical Approval Form (Guidelines for completion are here)
  • An Informed Consent Form (or alternative means of establishing informed consent if written consent is not appropriate - e.g. if the participants have restricted literacy)
  • A Participant Information Sheet (which must be distinct from the consent form)
  • A debriefing Information Sheet to give participants after the research is complete (e.g. if the research involves any sort of deception).
  • All other supporting documentation, including questionnaires, flyers, ads, and so forth.

Each proposal will be read by a member of the Committee (and the Chair).  The Committee will meet to discuss each application and agree a decision. The  supervisor will be informed by email, usually within 3 weeks, of the decision and will receive feedback from the Committee, which will then be forwarded to the student. One of four possible decisions will be made:

  1. Accept as is
  2. Accept with minor changes
  3. Revise and resubmit after major revision
  4. Reject (including reasons for the rejection)

If, in the process of conducting your research, you make substantial changes to your design or procedure, your supervisor must notify the Chair of the Committee of these changes.

It is important that you maintain a record of your Ethical Approval. You must also report any complaints or ethical issues that arise during the course of your research. It is always possible that the University of Limerick Research Ethics & Governance Committee may audit the Department to ensure that researchers are adhering to the ethical guidelines.

All researchers must abide by the University of Limerick's guidelines for ethical research with human participants. Information about University Research Ethics can be found here. All Psychology researchers, including Final Year Project Students, must adhere to the Code of Professional Ethics of the Irish Psychological Society.

Submission deadlines can be found here. The Head of Department must view all applications, therefore you should aim to have it ready for submission at least a week in advance of these deadlines.

All submissions should be received by 12pm.