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Thu 19 Oct, Thu 26 Oct 2023
15:30 - 17:00

Venue: Syndics Room 17 Mill Lane

Provided by: Cambridge Research Methods


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Ethical Review for Social Science Research (MT)

Thu 19 Oct, Thu 26 Oct 2023


Ethics and the associated process of approval / review are an important component of any research project, not only practically enabling research to take place but also enabling researchers to consider the values underpinning their research. The aim of this course is to take both a practical and reflective approach to ethics. On a practical level, the course will focus on identifying the steps involved in seeking ethical approval or undertaking an ethical review. On a reflective level, the course will explore the values informing key ethical principles and concepts and how these may relate to individual’s research.

Target audience
  • Masters and PhD students seeking ethical approval / review
  • Postgraduate students and staff
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here

Attendees should find out what steps are involved in their faculty / department’s ethical review process prior to the first session and, ideally, read through the relevant forms related to this process.


Number of sessions: 2

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Thu 19 Oct 2023   15:30 - 17:00 15:30 - 17:00 Syndics Room 17 Mill Lane map Samantha Hulston
2 Thu 26 Oct 2023   15:30 - 17:00 15:30 - 17:00 Syndics Room 17 Mill Lane map Samantha Hulston
Topics covered
  • What is meant by, and the differences between, the phrases “ethical approval” and “ethical review”
  • The processes involved in applying for ethical approval / review within the University
  • The core concepts and principles involved in ethical considerations
  • The historical origins and values underpinning core ethical concepts and principles
  • How to navigate ethical dilemmas
  • The relationship between ethics and data management
Learning Outcomes

There is no formal assessment associated with this course. Instead, during the sessions there will be opportunities to discuss and reflect upon the course’s content. In so doing, it is hoped that by the end of this course attendees will:

  • Identify the steps involved in ethical approval / review in their discipline;
  • Understand how ethical considerations relate to their research projects;
  • Identify where to seek additional advice related to ethical considerations;
  • Be able to discuss and justify ethical decisions in relation to their research projects.
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This module runs once in the Michaelmas Term, and once in Lent.

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