Welcome to UCT Ethics in Research Application Submissions Manager. Please click on the appropriate category below to submit your application.

Applying for Ethics Clearance for a Study or Experiment

The purpose of the ethics clearance process is to ensure that any study using human subjects does not violate the rights of the subjects or endanger them or their livelihoods in any way. For example, if a study publishes data which clearly reveals the identity of individuals, this information may be used by those in authority to take disciplinary action against the participant. However, by following a sensible anonymization procedure, this issue can be mitigated or eliminated.

Note: if you plan to use UCT staff or students as part of your study, you need to apply for ethics clearance first. Once you have ethics clearance you must complete additional forms in order to be granted access to staff or students at UCT. The form contains all the relevant contact details.

The instructions on how to complete each form are embedded in the relevant documents. Please note the following:

  1. All students undertaking a study involving human subjects must complete the Faculty of Science Researcher Ethics Statement (downloadable as a Word Document).
  2. Computer science studies which involve simple evaluation of system interfaces or usability can be passed through an expedited process; the ethics clearance form explains what kinds of studies can use this route.
  3. In all cases you need to provide enough detail in your proposal application to convince the committee that there are no ethical issues or that you can address these satisfactorily. Details required include the population (who, how many) you will use for your study, how they will be recruited, activities they will undertake as part of your research, and compensation to be given to participants, if any. If compensation will not be given please give a reason why not
  4. Please note the default positions on anonymity of applicants and their rights (such as the right to withdraw from the study, or to request that their data is not used). Make sure to address these issues in the relevant section of the form, as well as the letter sent to each participant in your study.
  5. You must edit the form letter (informed voluntary consent) attached to the end of the research ethics application form in order to tailor it to your study. All the highlighted issues (such as anonymity and right to withdraw) must be edited appropriately. You must also include the correct contact details at the top of the document and specify that this is for the Department of Computer Science. The statement of informed voluntary consent should be submitted within the same document as the ethics application and should not be extracted as a separate file.
  6. Please pay attention to all parts of the form; if the default position indicated for a section is all you need, it is still best to state this again. Empty forms look unprofessional and suggest the applicant has not read through all the required information. For the expedited process, the form instructions will indicate what sections need to be completed.
  7. Note the importance of the informed consent and confidentiality parts of the application: if these are not carefully motivated, the application is likely to be sent back for editing.
  8. Any other ethical issues which may arise must be highlighted in the application.
  9. Your supervisor must sign off on your application: in doing so, they are endorsing what you plan to do. Do NOT submit the ethics application before they have read and approved it! A physical signature is not required – you and your supervisor should type your names where indicated on the form.
  10. Please submit all your materials as a single file on this site (scroll down). You may need to create a Submittable account.
  11. Send an email to csethics@cs.uct.ac.za to notify the CS Ethics subcommittee of your submission.
  12. Please allow two weeks for the application to be processed. If your application is not expedited, then once it is processed by the department, Faculty of Science Research Ethics Committee Review will take an additional two weeks. If you do not hear from us within two weeks, please email csethics@cs.uct.ac.za. You can also email us if approval is time-sensitive, however please be aware that we may not be able to rush the approval process, and endeavour to submit the application early.

If you follow the guidelines listed above, your application should be processed swiftly. For any questions about the process, please contact csethics@cs.uct.ac.za.

Resubmissions

If you have been asked to revise and resubmit your application, please create a new submission, but submit with the same account as before.

Research with Third Party Data (about people)

Research with Third Party Data (about people)

We frequently have honours students looking at third party data sets. The official line is that as long as you have permission from the steward of the data, then you don't need faculty clearance to do the research. In some cases, the data steward may require an ethics clearance certificate, in which case one can be issued that either says clearance is not required, or that says the research has been reviewed and approved. If this is required please state this clearly in your application.

At the same time, not needing faculty clearance doesn't mean that there are no ethical considerations attached to the research. Supervisors should make sure researchers understand wider implications around third party data, and potential ethical issues that can arise even with use of anonymized data. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Issues around how the data was gathered in the first place - were the users informed that their data was being collected, and might be used for research purposes? Even if informed, were they aware of implications? e.g. Facebook)
  • Potential for group harm - can findings affect a group of people even if the data itself is anonymized at the individual level?
  • Potential for identification of individuals based on aggregate data (i.e. name and ID removed, but you can still identify someone based on a search history)
  • Is the anonymized data non-anonymous publicly? If so, there's risk of identification (i.e. Twitter), and it may be required to paraphrase or alter 'quotes' to reduce this risk. Of course any alteration of quotes should be acknowledged in the write-up
  • One should also always be aware of selection bias and how that will affect the results.

Links

This form is intended to support weekly animal health and welfare monitoring by veterinary and para-veterinary staff from the Research Animal Facility.


This report will be submitted to the ORI and will be monitored by the ORI Veterinarian and Faculty Welfare Manager.




Ethical clearance is granted for a period of 12 months. 

It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit the following documentation when applying for an extension/renewal of his/her ethics application to conduct research with human participants.

The requested information is to be submitted in a timely manner two months before the expiration date of the study to the REC.

Submit your application here if you are

  • a postgraduate student in the School of Education
  • a staff member/Research Associate in the School of Education. 

Before submitting your application

While completing the application you will be asked to upload the following documents:

  • research proposal
  • Information letters and consent forms (see an example letter and form)
  • All research tools such as questionnaires & interview questions

Note that you need to submit your application by the 10th of the month (e.g. 10 March) in order to receive feedback by the end of the month.

Once your application is approved you will receive  a letter with outcome and reference number which is signed by the Chair  of the School of Education REC.


If you are conducting research in a government school that falls under WCED, you will need to get ethical clearance from the School of Education BEFORE making that application.


If applying for access to staff and student  populations at UCT, do so after ethics approval has been received.   

  • form DSA100 (access to students) submit to Department of Student Affairs
  • HR194 (access to staff) submit to Human Resources




Submit your application here if you are an external researcher applying to conduct research in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Cape Town (UCT). If you are a registered student or staff member from the Faculty please submit your application directly to the research committee of the Department concerned.
Before submitting your proposal, please review the Humanities Research Ethics Guide

Upload the following documents along with other relevant supporting material:
  • Completed Humanities Research Ethics Committee (REC) ethics form
  • Your research proposal
  • All questionnaires & consent forms, etc. which you plan to use
  • If you are not a UCT staff member or student please include a letter confirming that you have received ethics clearance from your home institution.
Once your application is approved you will receive a letter with outcome and reference number which is signed by the Chair of the REC.
If you are also applying for access to staff and student populations after ethics approval you will also need to fill in the forms below and then apply to the Department of Student Affairs and UCT's Human Resources departments for access. Please cite the reference number of your approval letter with your application .
Access to UCT staff or students requires the following forms
This form monitors weekly veterinary oversight of animal health and welfare, as required by the minimum standards for registered research animal facilities (Government Gazette GNR 1082 of 9 November 2015, Rule 32)

Note: 

  • Principal Investigators must ensure that they submit an Annual report for all open AEC protocols, and a Final report for completed protocols, by the 28th of February for each preceding year. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in the study being suspended, or other action being taken by the AEC.
  • No sections of this form may be changed or removed, other than expanding available space in the text blocks provided.
  • All sections of this form must be completed.

Please direct all queries to:                               

The Administrative Officer 

Research Ethics Office

Faculty of Health Sciences

E53.46 Old Main Building

Groote Schuur Hospital

Phone: (021) 406 6492

E-mail: sumayah.ariefdien@uct.ac.za



Note: Major amendments to previously approved studies should rather be submitted as new applications on the correct form, with a covering letter and termination report for the previously approved study.


PLEASE SUBMIT ONE SIGNED APPLICATION TO:                             

 

The Administrative Officer 

  Research Ethics Office

  Faculty of Health Sciences

  E53.46 Old Main Building

  Groote Schuur Hospital

 Phone: (021) 406 6492

 E-mail: sumayah.ariefdien@uct.ac.za

Please see the full document, Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) 5th Edition (Revised December 2009), which is available at: http://www.cdc.gov/biosafety/publications/bmbl5/.


For more information contact:

Sidney Engelbrecht

Telephone: +27 21 6505057

Email: sidney.engelbrecht@uct.ac.za

Please see the full document, Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) 5th Edition (Revised December 2009), which is available at: http://www.cdc.gov/biosafety/publications/bmbl5/.


For more information contact: 

Sidney Engelbrecht

Telephone: +27 21 6505057

Email: sidney.engelbrecht@uct.ac.za

**KINDLY NOTE** 


Please submit via your departmental category on Submittable if you are submitting an ethics application for: 

 - Fourth year research project

 - Honours research project

 - 60 credit Masters

 - Masters research projects where you have answered 'no' to all ethics overview questions 


Please ensure that your application form has been signed by both you and your supervisor before you upload it. 


*NOTE*

Any person planning to undertake research in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE) at the University of Cape Town is required to complete this form before collecting or analysing data. The objective of submitting this application prior to embarking on research is to ensure that the highest ethical standards in research, conducted under the auspices of the EBE Faculty, are met.  

Please ensure that you have read, and understood the EBE Ethics in Research Handbook prior to completing this application form: 




Click on the Submit button to begin editing your application.


  1. Please see the submission instructions at the end of this document.
  2. Please note that EBE EiR committee will not review or sign off on projects that are already in progress or have been completed
  3. NB: A copy of this completed and signed application form must be included with your thesis/dissertation/report when it is submitted for examination (Undergraduate and Postgraduate).  

**KINDLY NOTE** 


- This submission category is for Civil Engineering students who are completing:

  • 60 credit Masters Research
  • Masters applications where you have answered 'no' to all 4 overview ethics questions
  • NO PhD applications should be submitted via this category

- Please ensure that your application form has been signed by both you and your supervisor before you upload it. 

Should you have any queries please contact the following administrators:


For any queries please contact:


Ms Rowen Geswindt on Rowen.Geswindt@uct.ac.za - Postgraduate


**Note**

Any person planning to undertake research in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE) at the University of Cape Town is required to complete this form before collecting or analysing data. The objective of submitting this application prior to embarking on research is to ensure that the highest ethical standards in research, conducted under the auspices of the EBE Faculty, are met.  Please ensure that you have read, and understood the EBE Ethics in Research Handbook (available from the UCT EBE, Research Ethics website) prior to completing this application form: 


Click on the Submit button to begin editing your application.


  1. Please see the submission instructions at the end of this document.
  2. Please note that EBE EiR committee will not review or sign off on projects that are already in progress or have been completed
  3. NB: A copy of this completed and signed application form must be included with your thesis/dissertation/report when it is submitted for examination (Postgraduate).  

**KINDLY NOTE** 


- This submission category is for Mechanical Engineering students who are completing:

  • Honours research projects
  •  60 credit Masters Research
  •  Masters applications where you have answered 'no' to all 4 overview ethics questions
  •  NO PhD applications should be submitted via this category

- Please ensure that your application form has been signed by both you and your supervisor before you upload it. 


Please contact: 


 Denise Botha <denise.botha@uct.ac.za>  for Postgraduate Submissions



**Note**

Any person planning to undertake research in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE) at the University of Cape Town is required to complete this form before collecting or analysing data. The objective of submitting this application prior to embarking on research is to ensure that the highest ethical standards in research, conducted under the auspices of the EBE Faculty, are met.  Please ensure that you have read, and understood the EBE Ethics in Research Handbook (available from the UCT EBE, Research Ethics website) prior to completing this application form: 


Click on the Submit button to begin editing your application.


Please see the submission instructions at the end of this document.

  1. Please note that EBE EiR committee will not review or sign off on projects that are already in progress or have been completed
  2. NB: A copy of this completed and signed application form must be included with your thesis/dissertation/report when it is submitted for examination (Undergraduate and Postgraduate).  





**KINDLY NOTE** 


- This submission category is for Electrical Engineering students who are completing:

  • Fourth year BSc projects
  • Honours Research
  • 60 credit Masters Research
  • Masters applications where you have answered 'no' to all 4 overview ethics questions
  • NO PhD applications should be submitted via this category

- Please ensure that your application form has been signed by both you and your supervisor before you upload it. 

Please contact the following administrators should you require further assistance:


Ms. Nicole Moodley (nicole.moodley@uct.ac.za)


Mr. Matthew Van Der Westhuizen (matthew.vanderwesthuizen@uct.ac.za)


**Note**

Any person planning to undertake research in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE) at the University of Cape Town is required to complete this form before collecting or analysing data. The objective of submitting this application prior to embarking on research is to ensure that the highest ethical standards in research, conducted under the auspices of the EBE Faculty, are met.  Please ensure that you have read, and understood the EBE Ethics in Research Handbook (available from the UCT EBE, Research Ethics website) prior to completing this application form: 


Click on the Submit button to begin editing your application.


  1. Please see the submission instructions at the end of this document.
  2. Please note that EBE EiR committee will not review or sign off on projects that are already in progress or have been completed
  3. NB: A copy of this completed and signed application form must be included with your thesis/dissertation/report when it is submitted for examination (Undergraduate and Postgraduate).  

**KINDLY NOTE** 


- This submission category is for Chemical Engineering students who are completing:

  •  Fourth year BSc research projects

- Please ensure that your application form has been signed by both you and your supervisor before you upload it. 


Should you have any queries please contact Bridgette Cloete  on Bridgette.Cloete@uct.ac.za

**Note**

Any person planning to undertake research in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE) at the University of Cape Town is required to complete this form before collecting or analysing data. The objective of submitting this application prior to embarking on research is to ensure that the highest ethical standards in research, conducted under the auspices of the EBE Faculty, are met.  Please ensure that you have read, and understood the EBE Ethics in Research Handbook (available from the UCT EBE, Research Ethics website) prior to completing this application form: 


Click on the Submit button to begin editing your application.


  1. Please see the submission instructions at the end of this document.
  2. Please note that EBE EiR committee will not review or sign off on projects that are already in progress or have been completed
  3. NB: A copy of this completed and signed application form must be included with your thesis/dissertation/report when it is submitted for examination (Undergraduate and Postgraduate).  

**KINDLY NOTE** 


- This submission category is for students who are completing:

  • BAS Honours
  • Professional Masters
  • MArch
  •  120/180 credit Masters applications where you have answered 'no' to all 4 overview ethics questions
  •  NO PhD applications should be submitted via this category

- Please ensure that your application form has been signed by both you and your supervisor before you upload it. 


For any queries please contact Mcebisi Mdluli on  mcebisi.mdluli@uct.ac.za or 021-650-2374

**Note**

Any person planning to undertake research in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE) at the University of Cape Town is required to complete this form before collecting or analysing data. The objective of submitting this application prior to embarking on research is to ensure that the highest ethical standards in research, conducted under the auspices of the EBE Faculty, are met.  Please ensure that you have read, and understood the EBE Ethics in Research Handbook (available from the UCT EBE, Research Ethics website) prior to completing this application form: 


Click on the Submit button to begin editing your application.


  1. Please see the submission instructions at the end of this document.
  2. Please note that EBE EiR committee will not review or sign off on projects that are already in progress or have been completed
  3. NB: A copy of this completed and signed application form must be included with your thesis/dissertation/report when it is submitted for examination (Undergraduate and Postgraduate).  

**KINDLY NOTE** 


- This submission category is for Construction Economics and Management students who are completing:

  • Honours Research Projects
  • 60 credit Masters Research
  • Masters applications where you have answered 'no' to all 4 overview ethics questions
  • NO PhD applications should be submitted via this category

- Please ensure that your application form has been signed by both you and your supervisor before you upload it. 


Should you require any assistance please contact:

Ms Mareldia Fagodien on mareldia.fagodien@uct.ac.za or 021 650 5753 

Ms Warda Samaai on Warda.Samaai@uct.ac.za or 021 650 2045


**Note**

Any person planning to undertake research in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE) at the University of Cape Town is required to complete this form before collecting or analysing data. The objective of submitting this application prior to embarking on research is to ensure that the highest ethical standards in research, conducted under the auspices of the EBE Faculty, are met.  Please ensure that you have read, and understood the EBE Ethics in Research Handbook (available from the UCT EBE, Research Ethics website) prior to completing this application form: 


Click on the Submit button to begin editing your application.


  1. Please see the submission instructions at the end of this document.
  2. Please note that EBE EiR committee will not review or sign off on projects that are already in progress or have been completed
  3. NB: A copy of this completed and signed application form must be included with your thesis/dissertation/report when it is submitted for examination (Undergraduate and Postgraduate).  

**KINDLY NOTE** 


- This submission category is for students who are completing:

  • Honours research projects
  • Masters applications where you have answered 'no' to all 4 overview ethics questions
  • NO PhD applications should be submitted via this category

- Please ensure that your application form has been signed by both you and your supervisor before you upload it. 


For any queries please contact Junita Abrahams on Junita.Abrahams@uct.ac.za  or 021-650-3577

**Note**

Any person planning to undertake research in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE) at the University of Cape Town is required to complete this form before collecting or analysing data. The objective of submitting this application prior to embarking on research is to ensure that the highest ethical standards in research, conducted under the auspices of the EBE Faculty, are met.  Please ensure that you have read, and understood the EBE Ethics in Research Handbook (available from the UCT EBE, Research Ethics website) prior to completing this application form: 


Click on the Submit button to begin editing your application.


  1. Please see the submission instructions at the end of this document.
  2. Please note that EBE EiR committee will not review or sign off on projects that are already in progress or have been completed
  3. NB: A copy of this completed and signed application form must be included with your thesis/dissertation/report when it is submitted for examination (Undergraduate and Postgraduate).  

**KINDLY NOTE** 


- This submission category is for students who are completing:

  • 60 Credit Masters
  •  120 credit Masters applications where you have answered 'no' to all 4 overview ethics questions
  •  NO PhD applications should be submitted via this category

- Please ensure that your application form has been signed by both you and your supervisor before you upload it. 


For any queries please contact Naomi Gihwala on naomi.gihwala@uct.ac.za 


**Note**

Any person planning to undertake research in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE) at the University of Cape Town is required to complete this form before collecting or analysing data. The objective of submitting this application prior to embarking on research is to ensure that the highest ethical standards in research, conducted under the auspices of the EBE Faculty, are met.  Please ensure that you have read, and understood the EBE Ethics in Research Handbook (available from the UCT EBE, Research Ethics website) prior to completing this application form: 


Click on the Submit button to begin editing your application.


  1. Please see the submission instructions at the end of this document.
  2. Please note that EBE EiR committee will not review or sign off on projects that are already in progress or have been completed
  3. NB: A copy of this completed and signed application form must be included with your thesis/dissertation/report when it is submitted for examination (Undergraduate and Postgraduate).  

**KINDLY NOTE** 


- This submission category is for students who are completing:

  • City and Regional Planning Hons
  •  120/180 credit Masters applications where you have answered 'no' to all 4 overview ethics questions
  •  NO PhD applications should be submitted via this category

- Please ensure that your application form has been signed by both you and your supervisor before you upload it. 


For any queries please contact Mcebisi Mdluli  on mcebisi.mdluli@uct.ac.za or 021-650-2374

**Note**

Any person planning to undertake research in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE) at the University of Cape Town is required to complete this form before collecting or analysing data. The objective of submitting this application prior to embarking on research is to ensure that the highest ethical standards in research, conducted under the auspices of the EBE Faculty, are met.  Please ensure that you have read, and understood the EBE Ethics in Research Handbook (available from the UCT EBE, Research Ethics website) prior to completing this application form: 


Click on the Submit button to begin editing your application.


  1. Please see the submission instructions at the end of this document.
  2. Please note that EBE EiR committee will not review or sign off on projects that are already in progress or have been completed
  3. NB: A copy of this completed and signed application form must be included with your thesis/dissertation/report when it is submitted for examination (Undergraduate and Postgraduate).  

**KINDLY NOTE** 


- This submission category is for Mechanical Engineering students who are completing:

  • Fourth year BSc projects

- Please ensure that your application form has been signed by both you and your supervisor before you upload it. 


Please contact: 

Rosalind Maree <rosalind.maree@uct.ac.za> for Undergraduate Submissions; 



**Note**

Any person planning to undertake research in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE) at the University of Cape Town is required to complete this form before collecting or analysing data. The objective of submitting this application prior to embarking on research is to ensure that the highest ethical standards in research, conducted under the auspices of the EBE Faculty, are met.  Please ensure that you have read, and understood the EBE Ethics in Research Handbook (available from the UCT EBE, Research Ethics website) prior to completing this application form: 


Click on the Submit button to begin editing your application.


Please see the submission instructions at the end of this document.

  1. Please note that EBE EiR committee will not review or sign off on projects that are already in progress or have been completed
  2. NB: A copy of this completed and signed application form must be included with your thesis/dissertation/report when it is submitted for examination (Undergraduate and Postgraduate).  






**KINDLY NOTE** 


- This submission category is for Mechanical Engineering ERC students who are completing:

  •  Masters applications where you have answered 'no' to all 4 overview ethics questions
  •  NO PhD applications should be submitted via this category

- Please ensure that your application form has been signed by both you and your supervisor before you upload it. 


Please contact: 

Fazlin Harribi  <fazlin.harribi@uct.ac.za> for ERC submissions should you have any queries. 


**Note**

Any person planning to undertake research in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE) at the University of Cape Town is required to complete this form before collecting or analysing data. The objective of submitting this application prior to embarking on research is to ensure that the highest ethical standards in research, conducted under the auspices of the EBE Faculty, are met.  Please ensure that you have read, and understood the EBE Ethics in Research Handbook (available from the UCT EBE, Research Ethics website) prior to completing this application form: 


Click on the Submit button to begin editing your application.


Please see the submission instructions at the end of this document.

  1. Please note that EBE EiR committee will not review or sign off on projects that are already in progress or have been completed
  2. NB: A copy of this completed and signed application form must be included with your thesis/dissertation/report when it is submitted for examination (Undergraduate and Postgraduate).  





**KINDLY NOTE** 


- This submission category is for Civil Engineering undergraduate students who are completing:

  • Fourth year BSc projects

Please ensure that your application form has been signed by both you and your supervisor before you upload it. 

Should you have any queries please contact the following administrators:


For any queries please contact:


Ms Isabel Ncube on isabel.ncube@uct.ac.za - Undergraduate


**Note**

Any person planning to undertake research in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE) at the University of Cape Town is required to complete this form before collecting or analysing data. The objective of submitting this application prior to embarking on research is to ensure that the highest ethical standards in research, conducted under the auspices of the EBE Faculty, are met.  Please ensure that you have read, and understood the EBE Ethics in Research Handbook (available from the UCT EBE, Research Ethics website) prior to completing this application form: 


Click on the Submit button to begin editing your application.


  1. Please see the submission instructions at the end of this document.
  2. Please note that EBE EiR committee will not review or sign off on projects that are already in progress or have been completed
  3. NB: A copy of this completed and signed application form must be included with your project when it is submitted for examination (Undergraduate).  

**KINDLY NOTE** 


- This submission category is for Electrical Engineering students who are completing:

  • Fourth year BSc projects
  • Honours Research
  • 60 credit Masters Research
  • Masters applications where you have answered 'no' to all 4 overview ethics questions
  • NO PhD applications should be submitted via this category

- Please ensure that your application form has been signed by both you and your supervisor before you upload it. 

Please contact the following administrators should you require further assistance:


Ms. Nicole Moodley (nicole.moodley@uct.ac.za)


Mr. Matthew Van Der Westhuizen (matthew.vanderwesthuizen@uct.ac.za)


**Note**

Any person planning to undertake research in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE) at the University of Cape Town is required to complete this form before collecting or analysing data. The objective of submitting this application prior to embarking on research is to ensure that the highest ethical standards in research, conducted under the auspices of the EBE Faculty, are met.  Please ensure that you have read, and understood the EBE Ethics in Research Handbook (available from the UCT EBE, Research Ethics website) prior to completing this application form: 


Click on the Submit button to begin editing your application.


  1. Please see the submission instructions at the end of this document.
  2. Please note that EBE EiR committee will not review or sign off on projects that are already in progress or have been completed
  3. NB: A copy of this completed and signed application form must be included with your thesis/dissertation/report when it is submitted for examination (Undergraduate and Postgraduate).  

**KINDLY NOTE** 


- This submission category is for Chemical Engineering students who are completing:

  •  Masters applications where you have answered 'no' to all 4 overview ethics questions
  •  NO PhD applications should be submitted via this category

- Please ensure that your application form has been signed by both you and your supervisor before you upload it. 


Should you have any queries please contact Belinda Davids on belinda.davids@uct.ac.za

**Note**

Any person planning to undertake research in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE) at the University of Cape Town is required to complete this form before collecting or analysing data. The objective of submitting this application prior to embarking on research is to ensure that the highest ethical standards in research, conducted under the auspices of the EBE Faculty, are met.  Please ensure that you have read, and understood the EBE Ethics in Research Handbook (available from the UCT EBE, Research Ethics website) prior to completing this application form: 


Click on the Submit button to begin editing your application.


  1. Please see the submission instructions at the end of this document.
  2. Please note that EBE EiR committee will not review or sign off on projects that are already in progress or have been completed
  3. NB: A copy of this completed and signed application form must be included with your thesis/dissertation/report when it is submitted for examination (Undergraduate and Postgraduate).  
**KINDLY NOTE** 

If the research being conducted will contribute to a qualification in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, then please submit your application through the application stream reserved for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Details of this can be found on the website.

**Note**
Any person planning to undertake research in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE) at the University of Cape Town is required to complete this form before collecting or analysing data. The objective of submitting this application prior to embarking on research is to ensure that the highest ethical standards in research, conducted under the auspices of the EBE Faculty, are met.  Please ensure that you have read, and understood the EBE Ethics in Research Handbook prior to completing this application form:


Please see the submission instructions at the end of this document. Click on the Submit button to submit your application.

*** THIS SITE IS ONLY FOR:  

1. Undergraduate students 

2. Honours students

3. PG Diploma students

4. Masters students whose dissertation is less than 90 credits


Please Note

Any student fitting the above criteria who is planning to undertake research in the Faculty of Commerce at the University of Cape Town is required to complete this form before collecting or analysing data. 

It is assumed that the researcher has read the UCT Code for Research involving Human Subjects (available here) in order to be able to answer the questions in this form.


Steps to complete this application 

Fill in all the sections and attach all relevant supporting documentation

SAVE the draft version of the form 

EMAIL this draft version to your supervisor for approval 

OBTAIN SUPERVISORS signature (upload this doc) 

Then submit the final application 

Please Note
Any person planning to undertake research in the Faculty of Commerce at the University of Cape Town is required to complete this form before collecting or analysing data. If any of the questions below have been answered YES, and the applicant is NOT an Honours student, the form it should be submitted to the supervisor (where applicable) and from there for approval by the Faculty EIR committee: Ms Shandre Swain (shandre.swain@uct.ac.za)
It is assumed that the researcher has read the UCT Code for Research involving Human Subjects (available here) in order to be able to answer the questions in this form.

Students must include a copy of the completed form with the dissertation/thesis when it is submitted for examination. When registering your account , please use your UCT student or staff email address. 

All research conducted in or under the auspices of the Law Faculty that proposes to involve the collection of data from or about human participants must be submitted for review by the Research Ethics Committee (REC). No research may begin unless clearance has been granted by the REC. No retrospective ethics clearance may be granted.

The objective of the Research Ethics Committee is to raise awareness of ethical imperatives and improve research proposals to meet these imperatives. This educative and facilitative function is consistent with South Africa's Constitution which prohibits participation in research without informed consent (s 12(2)(c)). The Committee's function also complies with national legislation - the National Health Act 61 of 2003 - which defines 'health' very broadly to include the well-being of all humans, and 'health research' as including 'surveys, interviews, focus groups or ethnographic observations'.
All research conducted in or under the auspices of the Law Faculty that proposes to involve the collection of data from or about human participants must be submitted for review by the Research Ethics Committee (REC). No research may begin unless clearance has been granted by the REC. No retrospective ethics clearance may be granted.

The objective of the Research Ethics Committee is to raise awareness of ethical imperatives and improve research proposals to meet these imperatives. This educative and facilitative function is consistent with South Africa's Constitution which prohibits participation in research without informed consent (s 12(2)(c)). The Committee's function also complies with national legislation - the National Health Act 61 of 2003 - which defines 'health' very broadly to include the well-being of all humans, and 'health research' as including 'surveys, interviews, focus groups or ethnographic observations'.
All research conducted in or under the auspices of the Law Faculty that proposes to involve the collection of data from or about human participants must be submitted for review by the Research Ethics Committee (REC). No research may begin unless clearance has been granted by the REC. No retrospective ethics clearance may be granted.

The objective of the Research Ethics Committee is to raise awareness of ethical imperatives and improve research proposals to meet these imperatives. This educative and facilitative function is consistent with South Africa's Constitution which prohibits participation in research without informed consent (s 12(2)(c)). The Committee's function also complies with national legislation - the National Health Act 61 of 2003 - which defines 'health' very broadly to include the well-being of all humans, and 'health research' as including 'surveys, interviews, focus groups or ethnographic observations'.
Please Note
Any person planning to undertake research in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE) at the University of Cape Town is required to complete this form before collecting or analysing data. The objective of submitting this application prior to embarking on research is to ensure that the highest ethical standards in research, conducted under the auspices of the EBE Faculty, are met.  Please ensure that you have read, and understood the EBE Ethics in Research Handbook (available from the UCT EBE, Research Ethics website) prior to completing this application form:

Click on the Submit button to begin editing your application.

  1. Please see the submission instructions at the end of this document.
  2. Please note that EBE EiR committee will not review or sign off on projects that are already in progress or have been completed
  3. NB: A copy of this completed and signed application form must be included with your thesis/dissertation/report when it is submitted for examination (Undergraduate and Postgraduate).  
Please Note
Any person planning to undertake research in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE) at the University of Cape Town is required to complete this form before collecting or analysing data. The objective of submitting this application prior to embarking on research is to ensure that the highest ethical standards in research, conducted under the auspices of the EBE Faculty, are met.  Please ensure that you have read, and understood the EBE Ethics in Research Handbook (available from the UCT EBE, Research Ethics website) prior to completing this application form:

Click on the Submit button to begin editing your application.

  1. Please see the submission instructions at the end of this document.
  2. Please note that EBE EiR committee will not review or sign off on projects that are already in progress or have been completed
  3. NB: A copy of this completed and signed application form must be included with your thesis/dissertation/report when it is submitted for examination (Undergraduate and Postgraduate).  
UCT Ethics in Research