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Research Ethics in the School of Religion


Trinity College Dublin requires that staff and students obtain research ethics approval before embarking on research that involves human subjects or other significant ethical considerations. Trinity’s Policy on Good Research Practice is a helpful document you should familiarise yourself with, and the document outlines our processes for ethical review and approval.

Trinity has three designated “Levels” of Research Ethics Approval: Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3. Level 1 Applications are considered to be of “Low” risk and are considered by our School of Religion Ethics Committee. Level 2 and Level 3 Applications are applications considered to be of “moderate” to “high” risk, and are considered by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee.

Applying for Research Ethics Release or Approval:

  • 1. To determine whether you need to apply for ethical approval for your research, fill out the School of Religion’s "Research Ethics Checklist” and follow its instructions.
  • 2. To determine which Level of Committee you should submit to, fill out the following questionnaire. If you answer “yes” to any of the questions, the application is deemed to be of moderate to high risk and should be submitted to the ArtsHSS Faculty Level Research Ethics Committee. If that is the case, follow the link below to the Faculty Ethics Committee’s website and follow their procedures.
  • 3. If the application is deemed to be “Level 1”, thoroughly fill out the application for the Certificate of Ethical Approval. Make sure to include copies of your informed consent sheets, interview questions, or other relevant documentation for your project.
  • 4. Submit the application to the Chair of the School of Religion Research Ethics Committee, Dr. Jacob Erickson at
  • 2019-2020 Submission Deadlines for Level 1 School of Religion Research Ethics Applications:

    Thursday, 26th September at 5pm

    Thursday, 21st November at 5pm

    Thursday, 16th January at 5pm

    Thursday, 27th February at 5pm

    Thursday, 2nd April at 5pm

    Thursday, 14th May at 5pm

    Further Resources for Research Ethics:

    H2020 Integrity: Empowering Good Research Practice