Joint Research Office


New eligibility criteria for student research approvals from September 2021

29 March 2021

The HRA and the devolved administrations have announced new criteria for the approval of standalone student research from 1 September 2021.

The new criteria mean that some Masters level students will be able to apply for ethics review and HRA/HCRW Approval or devolved administration equivalent.

Full details of what student research will be permitted can be found on the HRA website.

In March 2020 the HRA paused student research approvals to create capacity for urgent Covid-19 research. It has now reviewed its approach to study approval for student research – studies which are primarily for the purpose of obtaining an educational qualification.