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Degree Accreditation Assessment Criteria

To achieve 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 Accreditation Handbook which should be used as the main source of reference.


General 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


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

These criteria can be found in the Accreditation Handbook which should be used as the main source of reference.



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