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Advanced Degree Accreditation

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


Through advanced degree accreditation we aim to:

  • Develop research-ready graduates by providing substantial practical research experience
  • Focus on academic excellence by teaching the most up-to-date knowledge and experimental techniques
  • 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


The advanced accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from advanced accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including gaining substantial research experience and skills. This period of hands-on research experience is central to advanced accreditation, will usually last 6-12 months, and is an important part of all advanced accredited degrees. This experience will typically form part of the degree as a year in industry, or an integrated master's year; hence Advanced Accreditation is generally awarded to Integrated Masters programmes and BSc (Hons) programmes with years in industry.


Advanced accredited degrees have been shown to provide graduates with the skills and experience needed to enter a successful career in the biosciences.



Interim Accreditation

Degree programmes with no current graduates should seek interim advanced accreditation and the assessment process will most likely require an additional site visit following graduation of the first cohort of students before full advanced accreditation can be awarded.



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