Research Ethics1


As you carry out your research and begin to write your dissertation, you will be conscious of the assessment requirements, rules and regulations set down by your institution (see section on Plagiarism). However, there are other rules which all researchers, whatever their subject, must follow and these rules are about ethics and morality. In this section, you will learn the distinction between these two categories in an academic context and find guidelines for conducting a variety of types of research.

What do we mean by research ethics? (WMV video)

What do we mean by research ethics? (transcript)

Case Study 8 Research with children (.docx)
Research Ethics Doc 11 (.docx)
Research Ethics Proposal Doc 6 (.docx)
Participant Information Sheet Doc 7 (.docx)
Sample Consent Form Doc 8 (.docx)
Risk Assessment Proforma Doc 9 (.docx)

Web resources

Department of Health Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care:
British Sociological Association Ethics Code:
American Anthropological Association Ethics Code:
British Association of Social Work Ethics Code:


1. © Professor Ann Macaskill (Sheffield Hallam University)


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