Advanced Accreditation

Advanced Degree Accreditation

Advanced accreditation highlights the degrees that have the potential to educate the life science leaders and innovators of the future.

Advanced Degree Accreditation by the Society recognises academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future. The Advanced Accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from the programme meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including gaining a substantial period of research experience.

The following programmes have been awarded advanced accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting in part the academic and experience requirement for the Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).

BSc with Industrial Placement Year:

  • BSc Human Physiology (Industrial)
  • BSc Medical Science (Industrial)
  • BSc Neuroscience (Industrial)
  • BSc Pharmacology (Industrial)
  • BSc Biology (Industrial)
  • BSc Ecology and Conservation Biology (Industrial)
  • BSc Genetics (Industrial)
  • BSc Zoology (Industrial)
  • BSc Biochemistry (Industrial)
  • BSc Medical Biochemistry (Industrial)
  • BSc Biological Sciences (Industrial)
  • BSc Biological Sciences (Biotechnology with Enterprise) (Industrial)
  • BSc Microbiology (Industrial)
  • BSc Medical Microbiology (Industrial)

Integrated Masters (MBiol):

  • MBiol Biology
  • MBiol Ecology and Environmental Biology
  • MBiol Genetics
  • MBiol Zoology
  • MBiol Biochemistry
  • MBiol Medical Biochemistry
  • MBiol Biological Sciences
  • MBiol Microbiology
  • MBiol Medical Sciences
  • MBiol Neuroscience
  • MBiol Pharmacology

Interim Accreditation

The following programmes have been awarded interim accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology:

  • MBiol, BSc Human Physiology
  • MBiol, BSc Biological Sciences (Biotechnology with Enterprise)

Degree accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology acknowledges academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates have met defined learning outcomes, including gaining substantial research experience. Following a successful demonstration to the Society that these graduate attributes have been attained, and graduation of the first cohort of students from the programme, the programme may be awarded full accreditation.

Graduates from accredited degrees should develop a profile of skills and abilities, including:

  • Proven practical experience

  • An understanding of physics, maths, and chemistry in a biological context

  • Analytical and problem solving skills; including data handling and interpretation, and effective use of statistics

  • The capacity for independent study

  • Effective communication to both specialist and non-specialist audiences

  • A critical awareness of developments in your field of study

  • The ability to independently apply appropriate experimental approaches in modern research, and an appreciation of effective experimental design

  • A knowledge and appreciation of accepted protocols and methods, including an understanding of appropriate research conduct and ethics.

 To find out more about advanced accreditation and what accreditation means to you, visit the Royal Society of Biology.

Please note that our BSc and BSc with study abroad year have not yet been accredited.