How to Keep your Doctorate on Track
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How to Keep your Doctorate on Track

Insights from Students’ and Supervisors’ Experiences

Edited by Keith Townsend, Mark N.K. Saunders, Rebecca Loudoun and Emily A. Morrison

The path of a doctoral student can feel challenging and isolating. This guide provides doctoral students with key ideas and support to kick-start a doctoral journey, inspire progress and complete their thesis or dissertation. Featuring observations from experienced supervisors, as well as the reflections of current and recent postgraduate researchers, this intimate and entertaining book offers vital insights into the critical moments in any doctoral experience.
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Chapter 24: Embracing research ethics: from cognitive walk-through to reflexive journey

Rebecca Whiting

Abstract

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.

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