Research Ethics

For advice and guidance relating to research ethics at QMU please contact the Secretary to the University Research Ethics Committee

No research may proceed without formal ethical approval received in writing. Applications for ethical approval are reviewed initially by the Divisional Research Ethics Committees (DivRec) with four possible outcomes: (a) referral back to applicant for amendments b) approval by the DivRec; c) referral to the University Research Ethics Committee (UREC) for further review; d) referral to an external ethics committee such as NHS (IRAS).  All research must receive QMU ethical approval before submission to an external committee. 

Research Ethics:Regulations, procedures and guidelines

Ethical Approval Form - Form for use by staff and students seeking ethical approval.

Consent Form Templates:

Participant Consent Form

Participant Online Survey Consent Form 

Parent or Guardian Consent-Assent Form 

Child Consent-Assent Form 

Participant Information Sheet (PIS) Templates: 

Adult and 16 - 18 year old PIS

Child up to 5 years PIS 

Child aged between 6 & 15 years PIS 

Parent or Guardian PIS


Guidelines for protocol of a research proposal 

Notification of changes form Form to be completed once research has concluded or in case of deviation from original proposal.

Disclosure and PVG membership guidance 

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