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Delegated Student Research

BSREC and HSSREC have approval from the Research Governance & Ethics Committee (RGAEC) to support departments to set up delegated processes for the ethical review of low risk undergraduate and taught postgraduate student research projects.

This is often referred to as Course Delegated Approval (CDA) and is for research projects/NHS Clinical Audits/NHS health or social care service evaluation and development projects that:

  • are limited to interviews, focus groups, and questionnaire completion, or the evaluation of software and e-Learning materials;

  • are with participants who are not vulnerable and not dependent (including, but not limited to those not receiving health or social care, primary or secondary education, or criminal justice services);

  • do not investigate sensitive or intrusive matters (e.g. health status, criminal activity, or sexual history);

  • do not take place in dangerous locations (e.g., countries where FCDO travel warnings are in place);
  • NHS clinical audit projects;

  • NHS health/social care service evaluation and development projects.

Please note this process is only available to undergraduate and taught post-graduate student projects, not masters by research, doctoral student, or staff projects.

These processes must be approved by BSREC / HSSREC and RGAEC before they can be implemented in departments. These are currently in place for:


  • Applied Linguistics
  • Classics and Ancient History
  • Centre for Lifelong Learning
  • Centre for Teacher Education
  • Economics
  • IATL
  • IER
  • Law
  • PAIS
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • SFCS
  • Sociology
  • WBS
  • WFS
  • Centre for Education Studies


  • WMS MB ChB,
  • WMS PGT,
  • Life Sciences UG & PGT,
  • Engineering UG & PGT
  • WMG UG & PGT
  • Mathematics UG & PGT
  • Statistics UG & PGT
  • Computer Science UG & PGT

If you are interested in setting up a delegated process for your department, please contact the BSREC Secretary: or HSSREC Secretary

If you are an undergraduate or taught post-graduate student in one of the above departments and are eligible for course delegated review, then please contact your course administrator for details on how to apply as this will vary depending on the department.

For details on how to determine whether your project is a service evaluation or clinical audit, please refer to the study classification tool.