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Ethics in Research

Ethics Applications

For an overview of the ethics process please refer to Ethics Overview

If you are planning to undertake research in the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment you will need to ensure that you have read the latest revision of the EBE EiR Handbook

EBE staff, students, as well as external persons or parties linked to EBE - planning to undertake research, must apply for ethics clearance.

Research involving UCT students and staff

For research involving UCT students as research subjects you will need additional approval from the Executive Director, Department of Student Affairs, Dr Moonira Khan

For research involving UCT staff as research subjects you will need to contact the office of the Executive Director, Human Resources, Ms Joy Henry

Submission Information

To submit your application please consult the table below for the appropriate pathway for submission.

Four types of research are considered:

  1. Research that does not involve humans or animals.
  2. Research that involves interviews of human participants.
  3. Research that involves performance of clinical tests on humans.
  4. Research that uses or involves animals.

Depending on the type of research that you are conducting, the colour codes in the table below indicate the appropriate ethics committee that you should submit your application to (follow the relevant link in the legend below).


Does not involve

humans or animals

Interview of human participants Perform clinical tests on humans Use animals in research

Staff or External Researcher



(4th year Projects)


Honours Research



*Masters < 120 credits



*Masters > 120 credits



All PhD Research




* Please note: Masters' applications include both MPhil and MSc applications.

*M(Arch) applications to be submitted via the Departmental link APG Architecture



Please click on the relevant link to submit your application. Please note that some links lead to online application forms and others to the emails of the appropriate ethics committees.



Submission to departmental HOD or designated representative

         Person to contact



Civil Engineering Postgraduate

Civil Engineering Undergraduate

Rowen Geswindt

Isabel Ncube


Mechanical Postgraduate

Mechanical Undergraduate

Mechanical ERC

Tasha Dilraj

Rosalind Maree

Fazlin Harribi


Electrical Undergraduate

Electrical Postgraduate

 Matthew Van der Westhuizen

Nicole Moodley


Chemical Undergraduate

Chemical Postgraduate

Bridgette Cloete

Belinda Davids


APG Architecture

Heather Martin


APG Planning

Heather Martin


APG Geomatics

Junita Abrahams


APG Landscape and Conservation

Naomi Gihwala


Construction Economics & Management

       Anastacia Haddon
  (Honours and Undergraduate)

Mareldia Fagodien





EBE Ethics in Research Committee (EiRC)

 Ka Wai Cawood





Health Sciences EiRC

    Health Sciences contacts





Senate Animal Ethics Committee