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Criminology and Forensic Studies Discipline (CFSD): Research support

Ethical clearance

All students need to complete an online ethical clearance form. This is accessible via RIG: All postgrads are automatically registered on RIG: use your usual UKZN login details.

Once you have logged in, top right of the next page, click on the contents option and then ethical applications.

Steps in the research process

Identify the research area
What kind of research are you doing and what is the research question/s and / or hypothesis that you wish to answer?

Design the research study
There are various broad types of research which may be qualitative or quantitative and each requires a particular methodology.

Undertake a preliminary literature review and draw up a research proposal for your supervisor. Check whether ethical clearance is needed

Carry out research
Know your library collection in both print and electronic, know the tools for searching for information and understand how to evaluate resources. Situate your research within current research. Collect your evidence to answer your research question. Click on the Books, Journals, Databases and Theses tabs above for more information on sources of information and tools. A very useful  brief guide to aspects of the literature review and types of reviews etc has been put together by Chimene Tucker of the Unviersity of S California.
Analyse research results
What does your research / data collection tell you and in relation to your research question?
Publish research results
In what format / style must your thesis be written; ensure your referencing is correct and you have avoided plagiarism (click on the Referencing tab above)

UKZN Research Office

This site provides access to all UKZN research related policies as well as funding

Submission of theses to UKZN

It is a requirement to supply UKZN with one electronic copy (pdf) for the Library. The pdf copy, which should be in a single file of the entire document is uploaded onto ResearchSpace for public access. These copies must be given to the relevant Higher Degrees office.

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