Research Ethics


The University of Malaya Research Ethics Committee (UMREC) undertakes ethics review of all non-medical research involving human participants including funded and unfunded research.

The UMREC conducts an ethics review prior to the beginning of any research involving human participants. The UMREC examines the ethics components of the research such as, sound methodology, possible risks and benefits to the subjects, recruitment of subjects, consent from the subjects, confidentiality or anonymity for the subjects, the way in which the data is handled, and how feedback can be provided for the subjects. Please note that any data collection and participants recruitments for any purposes are strictly prohibited before obtaining ethical clearance.

More information is available in the following documents:

1. Code of Research Ethics
2. University of Malaya Manual of Responsible Research
3. Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQ)

Application of UMREC-NM (student and staff):

a. The UMREC-NM forms can be downloaded directly from this website:

Application form
Participant information sheet
Consent form
Questionnaire/ interview guide (please submit your own questionnaire/interview questions)

b. All the application forms should be computer typed. Handwritten forms will be totally rejected

c. Applicants are required to submit a copy of PDF of their application to UMREC email at Therefore,
The application form must be signed by supervisors (for student application) and head of department/ dean of the faculty

Please scan and save the completed form,

i) Application form,

ii) Participant Information Sheet,

iii) Consent form, and

iv) Questionnaire/ interview guide) in ONE PDF file with name: “UMREC_Application_(your name)” e.g. UMREC_Application_Ali

d. Please make sure that your submission is complete prior to the checklist. The UMREC-NM will strictly reject and will not entertain any incomplete submissions.

e. Closing dates for application submission as follows :

Review Cycle
Closing Date
2 January 2024
1 February 2024
1 March 2024
1 April 2024
2 May 2024
3 June 2024
1 July 2024
1 August 2024
2 September 2024
1 October 2024
1 November 2024
2 December 2024

UMREC will take about 30 days to process your application after the submission deadline. However, the processing time might take up to 60 days depending on the research complexity. Please keep in mind that required amendments will require additional processing time. Applicants are advised to submit their ethics clearance application as EARLY as possible prior to their data collection.

Last Updated on March 15, 2024