In general, the MS IDREC reviews ethics applications for research involving human participants and/or personal data from researchers based in (or linked to) a department in the Medical Sciences Division or Mathematical, Physical and Life Science Division. The exception to this is the department of Computer Science, which has its own Departmental Research Ethics Committee (DREC)).
However, the route you will need to follow in order to obtain ethical review and approval for your research will depend on a number of factors.
- Check the Where and how to apply flowchart to determine whether you will need to apply for ethical approval from an NHS research ethics committee.
- If you do not need to apply for NHS ethics approval, please work through our application decision tool to determine how to apply for ethical review and approval of your research.
Some departments require ethics applications to be reviewed internally prior to submission to the MS IDREC – check with your departmental administrator and see below. This is definitely the case if your study involves Magnetoencephalographic (MEG) recordings, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) or Transcranial Current Stimulation (TCS), or if you are from the Department of Women's & Reproductive Health.
If you have not previously undertaken ethics-related training, we recommend taking either our online research integrity course or one of the face-to-face ethics courses before you start your research.