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Rebecca Whiting

Ethical approval is a key stage in the research process, since without ethical approval students will not be able to carry out doctoral research. This chapter provides insights into issues that might not have been anticipated and which don’t get talked about much in relation to seeking ethical approval for doctoral studies. Written from a UK-based perspective, its lessons are broad and apply beyond a specific national context. It starts with scoping research ethics and then discusses the steps involved in seeking ethical approval. Next are some key pointers to bear in mind when preparing the ethics application. Along the way, some key insights and learning are identified, such as what to do if things don’t go entirely according to plan, some pitfalls to avoid and the benefits of securing approval. The chapter concludes with tips for students on how to keep their research ethics on track.