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Durham University

Department of Anthropology


Ethics Guidance

All students are required to complete this form and tick the relevant box below that applies to their dissertation research.

NO student is allowed to commence collection of data without first completing this form and their Ethics application where applicable. If students contravene this rule, their dissertation could be marked as a Fail which would probably result in them not being awarded a degree.

Please follow the ethical guidance provided by ASA (website), Human Biology Association (USA) – URL or the Life Sciences.

If you are conducting any kind of fieldwork as part of your dissertation research whether in the UK or abroad, this requires you to complete the Risk Assessment form that must also be uploaded to the Turnitin site. Please ensure that you have the appropriate visas where necessary and Tier 4 students must check with the PG Office about their status while in the field. The Risk Assessment form feeds into University insurance which will cover you in the event of an accident or health incident in the field. Please note that countries listed as High Risk by the UK Foreign Office may not be covered by University insurance.

A. Attachments

B. Personal Information
C. Filter Questions

D. Research on Living Subjects

E. Data Protection

G. Working Overseas

H. Conflicts of Interest



1. The information provided on this form is accurate to the best of my knowledge and belief and I take full responsibility for it.

2. I undertake to abide by the University's ethical guidelines and the ethical principles underlying good practice provided in the guidelines appropriate to my field.

3. If the research is approved, I undertake to adhere to the study protocol, the terms of this application and comply with the requirements of the law and relevant guidelines relating to security and confidentiality of personal data.

4. I agree to update this form as required by changes made to methodology or fieldwork practices.