University Committees

Definition/Mission Statement

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is an independent ethics committee for research involving human subjects. Its purpose is to protect and ensure the rights of human subjects in case of participation in research conducted at Modul University and/or MODUL Research.

The board takes care that research involving human subjects is designed and conducted in an ethical way. Researchers can actively approach the board if they need support and advise concerning ethical problems in their research and teaching projects.

The IRB facilitates the addressed objectives mentioned above by reviewing, approving, modifying or disapproving survey questionnaires and interview guidelines submitted by researchers, lecturers and students. This has to be based on all relevant Austrian laws and regulations1 dealing with ethical aspects as well as the Belmont Report2 for international purposes.




All human subjects research where data of an individual is collected must receive approval from the IRB. The respective questionnaire and/or interview guideline must be send to irbsymbolmodul.acpunktat for approval.


Research that needs approval:

  • Internal university projects at Bachelor, Master and PhD level
  • Third-party funded projects at Modul University Vienna


Research that does not need approval from the IRB:

  • Projects at other universities,
  • Projects which have already started or finished,
  • Projects where specific ethical committees outside the university are responsible for.


The current members of the IRB are:

  • Representative of the professors: Astrid Dickinger (chair)
  • Representatives of the academic staff: Karl Weinmayer, David Leonard