DEP: Year 2 – 4.4 Approval process for dissertation proposals

Approval process for dissertation proposals

Your proposal will be returned with one of four categories of feedback:

  • Approved
  • Approved conditional on addressing the issues raised
  • Re-submission with major amendments
  • Unfeasible

Approved

Your proposal has been approved without the need for amendments. You may go ahead and submit an Ethics Committee application to the Psychology Ethics Committee.

Approved conditional on addressing the issues raised

If your proposal is assigned to this category it means that the research team has provisionally approved your project and that you may proceed with the study, but that there are minor problems which will be detailed in the feedback from the reviewer.

You must discuss the feedback with your supervisor and decide how you will respond to the suggestions and comments that have been made. You do not necessarily need to make all the changes that are suggested, but you do need to consider any suggestions carefully. If you decide not to make some of the changes, you need to be able to explain why you have decided not to do so.

You may apply for Ethics Committee approval following provisional approval. However, you would be advised to ensure that the proposal you send to the Ethics Committee with your application takes account of the concerns raised by the reviewer.

You should do the following:

■ Submit a brief summary of how you propose to respond to the criticisms and suggestions that have been made within 3 weeks of receiving this feedback. You do not need to revise the proposal.

■ Put your name and project title on the comments and resubmit it electronically via eAssignment.

The reviewer will check that they are satisfied with the amendments and then you will receive notification from the research director that full approval has been awarded.

Re-submission with major amendments

If your project is graded in this category it means that the Programme has serious concerns about one or more aspects of the project. These concerns will be specified in the feedback together with suggestions on how to resolve the difficulties.

You must consult your supervisors and address the problems. If your project falls in this category you will have to re-submit your research proposal by a date that will be communicated to you (usually 6 weeks following written feedback from the team).  You may submit earlier, and are encouraged to do so whenever possible.

If you need to discuss the project after you have consulted your supervisor, please arrange to meet with the Research Director.

When you re-submit your proposal please ensure that:

  • You submit a brief summary of how you propose to respond to the criticisms and suggestions that have been made within 6 weeks of receiving this feedback;
  • You include the reviewer’s comments with this summary;
  • You put your name, project title and the date on your summary and resubmit it electronically in eAssignment.
  • You mark the re-submitted proposal with the new date of submission and the words “re-submission”;

Your re-submitted proposal will be reviewed. Do not submit to the Psychology Ethics Committee until your amended proposal has received either full approval or conditional approval. Only after receiving Ethics Committee approval may you submit for NHS ethical approval, if required to do so.

Unfeasible

If your project is graded in this category it means that the Programme believes your study is not feasible in its present form and that you need either to choose a new project or to make very substantial alterations.

In either case you must submit a new proposal by a date that will be communicated to you (usually 8 weeks following written feedback from the team).