MS IDREC application process
How to apply to the Medical Sciences Interdivisional Research Ethics Committee for ethical review
In general, the MS IDREC reviews ethics applications for research involving human participants, human tissue (where the tissue is not relevant material under the Human Tissue Act) 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)).
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.
You may find it helpful to refer to our frequently asked questions, which cover topics such as:
- Do I need ethics approval?
- Completing the CUREC application
- Data management
If you have not received any ethics-related training before, we recommend taking either our online research integrity course or one of the face-to-face ethics courses before you start completing your ethics application. The core module of the University’s research ethics and integrity training is compulsory for all new researchers and students, before commencing any research. Experienced researchers who have not completed any formal training in the past 3 years should complete our online refresher training module on research integrity.
Some departments require ethics applications to be reviewed internally before 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 Electrical Stimulation (TES or TCS), or if you are from the Department of Engineering or 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.