Terms of Reference

  1. Authorisation to carry out research work must be obtained from the Directorate for Research, Lifelong Learning and Employability, and presented to the Head of School/Institute/Organisation where the researcher intends to carry out the research.​

  2. Researchers are to conform to the principles of ethical research conduct as specified in the MEDE Research Ethics Policy and Procedures, found here.

  3. Research work is carried out at the discretion of the Head of School, Institution or Organisation, and is subject to their conditions.

  4. The Directorate for Research, Lifelong Learning and Employability reserves the right to withdraw the permission to carry out the research at any time and without prior notice.

  5. On completion of the research work, the researcher must provide the Directorate for Research, Lifelong Learning and Employability, as well as the Head of School / Institution, with a soft copy of the research work carried out in schools.

  6. Questions of offensive, prejudiced or of other unethical nature are not permissive. The researcher must obtain approval to conduct the research from the respective Higher Educational Institution Ethics Committee. These procedures are in line with the Data Protection Act in order to safeguard the rights of the research subjects.


How to Apply

Please fill in the online form Request for Research found here. After submitting this form, your are required to send an email on researchandinnovation@ilearn.edu.mt​ in which you will clearly state your name and surname and the date of application. You are also required to attach the documents listed below (see Attachments). The MEDE Research Ethics Committee will acknowledge your email and provide you with an application reference number that you will need to quote in any communication with the MREC.


Please ensure that the following documents, using the templates found below, are attached to the email you are requested to send to MREC after submitting your application. A detailed description of what should be included in the documents can also be found in the MEDE Research Ethics Policy and Procedures. Failure to provide these documents risks delaying approval to proceed with the research. 


The process for the approval of the research may take up to four (4) weeks, depending on the time of the year at which the application is submitted. You will be contacted if any information is missing or incorrect. On approval of the research study, you will receive an email with the official authorisation. The same email will be forwarded to the schools, institutions or organisations where the research will take place. Any changes in the sample or content of the study must be communicated to the MEDE Research Ethics Committee for further review.

For clarifications, you are kindly requested to contact researchandinnovation@ilearn.edu.mt​.