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Introduction to Fieldwork

Summary of procedure 

Students are permitted to apply to conduct research which will be relevant to their work.  Prior to applying for the first time, student will need to:

  1. Have successfully completed the First Year Registration Exercise;
  2. Have completed the Student Travel Safety Briefing online training course;
  3. Have obtained Ethical Approval for their research.  There are three different types of ethical approval and it is advised students apply for all which may be relevant to their research.  This will normally be done at the end of the 1st Year, once the research question is fully developed. Once Ethical Approval is obtained, it will usually cover the entire length of the PhD programme.


Thereafter, for each application for Leave to Work Away, students will be required to:

  1. Discuss their plans with their supervisor;
  2. Make a formal application on their CamSIS self-service page, ensuring they use the available text box as a space for a formal covering letter, stipulating dates and locations to the best of their ability, attaching a completed Risk Assessment form and proof of travel insurance.

Students should ensure they have given enough time for their application to be approved, as they are not permitted to leave unless these have been fully approved by all committees involved. 

For full information regarding Leave to Work Away and Risk Assessments, please read the Polis Graduate Resources page for up-to-date information on all these procedures:

More information can also be found in the PhD handbook.

For further queries, do not hesitate to contact the PhD Administrator.