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International Degree Accreditation Assessment Criteria

To achieve advanced accreditation for a programme, Universities will need to provide robust evidence in support of their application, which will be judged by peer review against the standard metrics listed below. The evidence should show how the intended learning outcomes are being achieved through appropriate assessment strategies.


Further information can be found in the International Degree Accreditation and International Advanced Accreditation Handbooks which should be used as the main source of reference.


General International Degree Accreditation Criteria

Evidence is required to show how the degree programmes meet the following:

  1. A graduating level capstone experience – this should include the analysis and critical evaluation of data relating to a hypothesis, within an independently produced piece of work.
  2. Demonstration of the acquisition of technical skills – students should learn in a hands-on, practical environment in a progressive process.
  3. Development and use of transferable skills – this should cover skills including word processing, project management, problem-solving, and science communication.
  4. Foundation in mathematics, statistics, chemistry and physics – this should be in sufficient depth and breadth for the students to appreciate and apply these subjects with a biological context.
  5. Specific skills and knowledge – this should include underpinning general knowledge of the basic fundamentals of biology appropriate to the degree title.
  6. Developing creativity and innovation – students are given the opportunity to apply their creative and innovative skills and think beyond their own discipline.



General International Advanced Degree Accreditation Criteria

Evidence is required to show how the degree programmes meet the following:

  1. Academic excellence - knowledge and understanding of the subject must be based on current scholarship and research, and have appropriate assessment strategies.
  2. Research-active environment - projects must be conducted in active research laboratories or similar professional environments appropriate to the research.
  3. Infrastructure supporting the claim for excellence - this includes library and ICT support, experience and expertise of the teaching team, and the teaching environment and facilities.
  4. Other student outcomes - this covers understanding of physics, chemistry and maths appropriate to biology, and an understanding of experimental design and analysis.


International Advanced Degree Accreditation Period of Practice

Inclusion of a substantial period of research experience outside the normal learning environment in a professional working structure is essential to advanced accreditation. This should be considered normal practice for advanced accredited degree programmes. The period of practice will:

  • Allow students to apply their learned knowledge to their own supervised research in an active research environment
  • Draw upon theoretical knowledge and skills acquired during their degree
  • Normally be equivalent to 80 credits; typically lasting 6 - 12 months
  • Involve appropriate assessment, including a written report
  • Include significant contact from the HEI



Subject Specific Criteria

Subject specific guidance and learning outcomes have been developed by appropriate Learned Societies and written specifically for accreditation by the RSB for the following subjects:
               - Biochemistry
               - Ecology
               - Microbiology
               - Pharmacology
               - Physiology



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