Advanced degree accreditation has been developed to address the skills gaps between undergraduate study and employment in bioscience research. Provision of a substantial period of research experience is, therefore, central to the advanced degree accreditation.
There are significant challenges of recruiting STEM graduates in an increasingly competitive environment. Advanced degree accreditation can support employers to find graduates with the skills and experience they are looking for.
With more and more graduates looking to get on the career ladder, competition for the best jobs is high; this creates problems for graduates and recruiters alike. Finding the right graduates can be a long and challenging process. How do graduate recruiters ensure they reach to the best graduates?
We have now awarded over 170 degrees with advanced accreditation, taught at 22 universities across the UK. Most often, advanced accredited degrees are those that include a year in industry or a Masters year, providing students with the opportunity to gain substantial experience in a professional environment.
Advanced degree accreditation is an external recognition of standards, which universities must apply to. Not every course taught at a particular university will have been put forward for advanced accreditation, but those that have been awarded advanced accreditation will have demonstrated that their graduates are able to meet specified criteria for knowledge, skills and experience.
Advanced degree accreditation enables you to recognise and recruit graduates with the experience, skills, and potential to excel in research and development.
The content of bioscience degrees can vary significantly, even when they have the same title. It can be difficult to know what experience students have gained while studying.
Advanced accreditation recognises degree programmes that offer students the opportunity to gain experience and develop certain skills; this means that graduates from advanced accredited degrees should be able to demonstrate the following skills and abilities.
Learning outcomes (subject-specific experimental and analytical techniques and knowledge) have been based primarily on the skills required by graduate-level job roles, and have been developed in partnership with employers and relevant learned societies.
We worked closely with the UK bioscience industry when developing the Advanced Degree Accreditation Programme, and maintaining that involvement is central to ensuring that accreditation remains an effective way to address the skills gaps identified. There are many ways you can get involved and show your support for accreditation.
Assessment of degrees for advanced accreditation is a peer-review process which requires a panel of experts to consider the evidence submitted by the institution.
The advanced accreditation process seeks to identify degree programmes that deliver the skills and experiences that employers are seeking in bioscience graduates. Advanced accreditation is not about the wide recognition of threshold standards, nor does it make judgements on the wide range of excellent degrees delivered by UK higher education institutions (HEIs).