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: Risk Assessment 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:

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

Art and Design

Health Sciences / Dentistry

Education and Social Work

Medicine / Life Sciences

Science and Engineering

Social Sciences / Humanities / Business

School of Social Sciences:


Research Postgraduate Students

Taught Postgraduate Students

Undergraduate Students

School of Humanities:

All Staff and Students

School of Business:

All Staff and Students

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 Code of Practice for Non-Clinical Research Ethics on Human Participants.

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