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Ethics in Research

Ethics Applications

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

Download the ethics application form here and follow the steps below: ETHICS APPLICATION FORM

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

For an overview of ethics application requirements in the Faculty, see:


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, Mr Pura Mgolombane

For research involving UCT staff as research subjects, you will need to contact the office of the Executive Director, Human Resources, Miss Zoe Cosmopoulos


Submission Information

To access previously created applications, please log in here.

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 the 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


EBE EiRC Minimal Risk Declaration for Staff EBE Ethics in Research Committee EiRC

Health Sciences EiRC

Senate Animal Ethics Committee


External Researcher EBE Ethics in Research Committee EiRC


(4th year Projects)

Construction, Economics and Management

Civil Engineering

Postgraduate/ Undergraduate

Mechanical Engineering

ERC all/PostgraduateUndergraduate

Electrical Engineering

Undergraduate/ Postgraduate

Chemical Engineering


Architecture, Planning and Geomatics

Architecture / Planning /Geomatics / Landscape and Conservation

Honours Research

*Masters < 120 credits

*Masters > 120 credits

See above blue section EBE Ethics in Research Committee EiRC

All PhD Research

EBE Ethics in Research Committee EiRC

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


Contact Persons Per Department:

Civil Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Architecture, Geomatics and Planning

Construction Economics and Management

Ethics in Research Committee - Carlyn Hewitson