4th Year Honours

Ethics requirements for testing

There are three types of ethics approval for honours projects.

Approval A: Human Projects-Standard (Blanket) Ethics Approval

If your Honours project falls under Type 1 or Type 2 experiments, these are covered by the general Honours ethics approval.
For the Research Application, download Research Application BOOKLET A, complete it, and upload it when finished. Your application will be forwarded to the Ethics Subcommittee and assessed for approval.

Approval B: Human Projects-University Ethics (HREC)

If your Honours project does NOT fall under Type 1 or Type 2 experiments, you will need to get permission to run your project from the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC). This may happen in two ways:

1. If your supervisor has pre-existing ethics approval for a project very similar to your honours project, speak to them about submitting a modification to their pre-approved ethics application.

2. If a modification is not possible, you will need to submit an individual application to HREC. Please discuss applying for HREC approval with your supervisor.

For the Research Application, download Research Application BOOKLET B, complete it, and upload it when finished.

Approval C: Animal Projects

If you are conducting an animal project, please speak to your supervisor about attaining the appropriate ethics to run the project.
For the Research Application, download BOOKLET C, complete it, and upload it when finished.

For human projects, once approval is granted: 1) if your study will use 1st Year participants, forward the approval letter (usually a PDF sent by the Ethics Committee), together with your Participant Debrief Statement, to the Subject Pool coordinator at sonapool@psych.usyd.edu.au; or 2) for all other types of studies, forward the approval letter to Julia Ashworth at wenhui.ashworth@sydney.edu.au. Please use your official University email account when emailing these documents.

If you have any ethics-related questions, please email the Ethics coordinator, Dr. Lisa Zadro at ethics@psych.usyd.edu.au.