The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25th May 2018. All researchers should familiarise themselves with, and take account of, the new guidance ( before submitting an application for ethics review and approval.

Applicants must read and follow the University of Dundee Code of Practice for Non-Clinical Research Ethics on Human Participants

All research projects involving human participants must have appropriate ethical approval before they begin. To determine whether your project requires ethical approval from a School Research Ethics Committee (SREC) please complete Checklist 1: Does the Project Require Ethical Approval?.

If after completing Checklist 1: Does the Project Require Ethical Approval? you are still unsure whether your project requires ethical approval, please contact the Convener of the relevant SREC.

Checklist 2: Is your project ‘low’ or ‘medium’ or ‘high’ risk? will be used to determine whether your application is low, medium or high risk. Depending on the risk level you will be required to use one of two forms. Form A is required for low risk applications, Form B needs to be used if the application is medium or high risk.

All applications must contain the following documents:

Health and Safety

If a researcher wishes to undertake any face to face research, then a health and safety risk assessment must be built into the research proposal following University COVID-19 guidance. For staff, the health and safety risk assessment form should be completed by the researcher and approved by their line manager. For students, the health and safety risk assessment form should be completed by the student and approved by the supervisor. Researchers must seek advice from the Health and Safety Advisor in their School. Each health and safety risk assessment does not need to be sent to the central Health and Safety team, however the Head of Health and Safety would be happy to look at/assist as required. Further details can be found on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update page. 

Application Procedure Contacts

Please submit the application form, Checklist 2 and any other required documents by e-mail to the relevant SREC. Contact details can be found below. 

From 1st August 2022 the single new School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law will formally be established, however, please continue to contact the relevant discipline (Humanities, Social Sciences, Education and Social Work) until further notice.

SREC E-mail
Art and Design
Health Sciences / Dentistry
Humanities, Social Sciences and Law  
Research Postgraduate Students
Taught Postgraduate Students
Undergraduate Students
Education and Social Work Staff and Students
Medicine / Life Sciences
Science and Engineering

The research must not start until ethical approval has been issued.

You should hear from the reviewers within 3 weeks of submission of your application, but reviews may take longer during busy times.

Changes to Approved Studies

Approval of a study applies only to the submitted documents.  If researchers wish to make any subsequent changes, they must complete one of the following forms and submit it to the relevant SREC.

Ethical Standards

All researchers must abide by the University of Dundee ‌.

The University may audit projects to ensure that ethical standards are being maintained.  Researchers should also follow the guidelines of other relevant bodies.