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Computing, Engineering and Media Ethics Procedures

The university has adopted a policy regarding the protection of individuals who are the subjects of research including student projects. It follows the guidelines of the Helsinki Declaration of Human Rights to assess all studies that involve human volunteers.

According to university regulations all research projects need to undergo ethical review. This includes:

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate final year projects on all degree programmes (eg HND, BSc, MSc)
  • Research degree projects (eg MPhil, PhD)
  • Research Grant applications made by staff
  • Contract research and consultancy

Find out more about the importance of Human Research Ethics

How to prepare your application


Application Forms

Taught Masters
Application to Gain Ethical Approval for Taught Masters Degree Dissertation
Word Document

Postgraduate Researchers and Staff

All research ethics applications need to be submitted using the Worktribe Ethics system. You will be able to access the system through the website and will be asked for your DMU single sign-on details.

The system asks a more comprehensive set of questions on your ethics application, while still being user-friendly. 

Training on using the system, in the form of videos and user guides, is available under the help menu on Worktribe and also in the Digital Skills area of Blackboard. 

Please note that all applications submitted up to and including Monday 29 March 2021 will be managed as they are currently. All new application submissions made from Tuesday 30 March 2021 will be made through the new system.

Other supporting documentation (eg questionnaire, consent form, etc) - sample consent documents can be found here

Any questions on the Worktribe and Ethics Applications can be sent to either or

Resumption of face-to-face research

On 29/04/21 the Director of Research Services advised: 

"As COVID restrictions are beginning to ease in the UK, there may be an opportunity to restart face-to-face research but this will need to be very carefully managed as things could change quite quickly.

Any face-to-face research will require research ethics approval. As of today, we will consider applications for research involving face-to-face interactions for the purpose of the study where it is clear that they are safe and necessary. Ethics approval is subject to researchers adhering to all government (UK government, and other relevant government if the research is to be carried out in another country) and university guidelines or restrictions in relation to COVID-19.

An application to conduct face-to-face research must be supported by:

  • A clear justification as to why the research cannot be achieved using other methods (such as online interviews); 
  • Confirmation that the proposed activities are permissible in line with government guidelines, with plans to either suspend or amend the research should UK/other relevant government guidelines change; 
  • A completed COVID research risk assessment (attached, and available from your Faculty webpages).  

Following ethics approval, a health and safety risk assessment must be completed, that sufficiently covers the proposed activities and risk to researchers and participants.

New applications for ethics approval that will entail face-to-face research should be submitted through Worktribe with the above being made clear in the application form and the necessary evidence and documentation uploaded.

If you are looking to restart research that has been paused due to COVID, or want to amend an existing application to include face-to-face research, please submit the restart form (MS Word doc) to your Faculty Research Ethics Committee, referring to the initial ethics application made.

Where international travel is required to support delivery on contracted research, this will be possible, but only to countries outside the government’s red list. Please check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website and seek advice from our insurers prior to finalising any travel arrangements. Please also bear in mind that pandemic levels and restrictions can change quite quickly.

For further support, please contact your Faculty Research and Innovation Offices (RIOs) / Chair of you Faculty Research Ethics Committee."