National Centre for Research Methods



'Qualitative Research and Ethical Approval'
Queen's University Belfast, 14 March 2007

This one-day workshop will consider the practical implications of obtaining ethical approval for undertaking qualitative research in the social sciences. It is increasingly the case that any field-based research conducted within the social sciences must seek ethical approval from a variety of different perspectives, including university ethics committees, NHS ethics panels, and other profession-based ethics or regulatory bodies. The nature of qualitative research can make this process extremely difficult and time-consuming. This workshop will provide practical assistance in negotiating this process by giving advice and assistance to social science researchers. Those attending will be encouraged to actively participate in a number of interactive problem solving tasks. The workshop will provide an excellent opportunity for qualitative researchers to share their experiences and raise ethical issues of importance, contributing to debate on ethical approval procedures.

The workshop will be of particular interest to early career researchers and qualitative researchers who are relatively new to ethics committees. Members of ethics committees who are concerned about this process and who would like to obtain more practical knowledge about managing the relationship between qualitative research and ethics approval may also find the workshop of interest.


Click here to obtain a draft programme for the day.

Venue Details

Cathcart Room, 69-71 University Street, Queens University, Belfast. Click here for directions to the University

Booking details

To book a place on this workshop, please complete a booking form and return to the Qualiti office either by email or by post to:
Cardiff School of Social Sciences
Cardiff University
Glamorgan Building
King Edward VII Avenue
CF10 3WT

To download a booking form click here.

Cancellation and Refunds: A full refund will be given for cancellations in excess of 48 hours notice of an event. Please note that we cannot offer any refunds for places cancelled within 48 hours of the event.


Each event is open to all researchers, including postgraduate students and non-academic researchers. The fee for each event is £20 per day for UK registered Post Graduate students, £40 per day for staff at a UK academic institution, ESRC funded researcher or registered charity organisation. For all other delegates the fee is £175 per day. Fees include course materials, lunch and refreshments. Unfortunately, we are not able to assist with travel or other related costs.

Workshop Resources

The materials used at this workshop are now available for download, please visit the resources section of the website to access these, or click here.


ESRC National Centre for Research Methods
ESRC - Economic & Social Research Council