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

Advanced accreditation 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 advanced accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including gaining substantial research experience.

Through advanced degree accreditation we aim to:

  • Recognise academic excellence
  • Drive up standards of learning and teaching in the biosciences
  • Ensure the pipeline of graduates supports national excellence in academic and industrial research and innovation
  • Maintain and improve the UK's position as a premier location to develop the life scientists for the future.

Advanced Accreditation is not about wide recognition of threshold standards, nor does it seek to make judgements on the wide range of excellent degrees delivered in UK higher education. Rather, it seeks to identify and recognise programmes that deliver the research and development leaders and innovators of the future.

The Royal Society of Biology encourage new degree programmes, where students have yet to graduate, to apply for Interim Advanced Accreditation.

Find out more about the criteria for Advanced Accreditation, the process of application and find out the first steps on how to apply.

Further information can be found in the Advanced Accreditation Handbook.

The Degree Accreditation Programme was awarded grant funding by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), for a period of two years which came to a close in March 2015. A condition of the grant funding stipulated that the programme was monitored by external evaluators to provide impartial quarterly reports to the UKCES, including an overall final project report. By following the link you can view the final condensed project evaluation report.