The Royal Society of Biology recognises academic excellence in the biosciences
The School of Bioscience Education has been awarded accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology for a number of its undergraduate programmes.
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 accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from the programme meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including gaining a substantial period of research experience.
Advanced Accreditation was awarded to the BSc programmes with extra-mural year in Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Molecular Genetics, Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics. Undergraduate students studying for a three-year BSc in these subjects have the opportunity to switch onto the four-year BSc with Extra-Mural Year, which is conditional upon suitable performance in the first year examinations. The MSci in Biochemistry was also awarded Advanced Accreditation.
Interim Accreditation was also awarded to King’s, for the MSci programmes in Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Human Physiology, which will have their first intake of students in September. The Advanced 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 these programmes, these programme may be awarded full Advanced Accreditation.
Accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology will also be of great benefit to students graduating from these programmes, as they will have the opportunity to apply for Member (MRSB) status following two additional years of practice rather than the usual three years.
The programmes will be presented with a Certificate of Accreditation by Royal Society of Biology at an awards ceremony in New Year.