Any research that involves human or animal participants must consider ethics. The ramifications of the research must be discussed with your supervisor(s) and evaluated by reference to the university’s codes and policies on research. For many student research studies, this process of peer review will provide a sufficient ethical evaluation. Where required by the supervisor(s) modifications to proposed research design and procedures should be made. Your research proposal must be approved by an ethics committee or, for very low risk research, be formally notified to the Research Ethics Office. All ethics notifications and applications must be read and approved by the supervisor before being submitted.

Advice on the conduct of research is based on the Massey University Code of Ethical Conduct for Research. You should download the Code of Ethical Conduct for Research and read it carefully and thoughtfully.

The required ethical procedures for approval and notification of research are set out on the Massey University Human Ethics website.