New eligibility criteria was introduced in September 2021 for standalone student research.
The new criteria means that only some master’s level students will be able to apply for NHS Ethics review and HRA approval. Standalone research at undergraduate level can no longer take place. Doctoral research remains unchanged.
Students and their Supervisors should use the new Student Research Toolkit before proceeding with their IRAS application.
Completing the tool will provide students with an understanding of what activities they can do, and ensures that they do not waste time applying for approval for research that they are not able to carry out under the student eligibility criteria.
Further information about Student Research can be found on the HRA website.