The School of Biological Sciences achieves Society of Biology accreditation

Posted by dg144 at Apr 15, 2014 02:25 PM |

The School of Biological Sciences is delighted to be able to announce that the following degree programmes have been approved as accredited degrees by the Society of Biology:

BSc Biological Sciences (With A Year In Industry)
BSc Biological Sciences (Biochemistry) (With A Year In Industry)
BSc Biological Sciences (Genetics) (With A Year In Industry)
BSc Biological Sciences (Microbiology) (With A Year In Industry)
BSc Biological Sciences (Neuroscience) (With A Year In Industry)
BSc Biological Sciences (Physiology with Pharmacology) (With A Year In Industry)
BSc Biological Sciences (Zoology) (With A Year In Industry)
BSc Medical Biochemistry (With A Year In Industry)
BSc Medical Genetics (With A Year In Industry)
BSc Medical Microbiology (With A Year In Industry)
BSc Medical Physiology (With A Year In Industry)

Accredited degrees are those that meet the accreditation assessment criteria by:

  • Developing research-ready graduates by providing practical research experience
  • Focusing on academic excellence by teaching to most up-to-date knowledge and experimental techniques
  • Delivering a defined set of knowledge, skill, and abilities

University of Leicester Biological Sciences students who complete an industrial placement year from 2014-15 on will graduate with an accredited degree. According to the Society of Biology, the UK learned society for biologists, this means that:

"Degree accreditation by the Society of Biology 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."

In other words, accreditation is an external guarantee of academic excellence to students and to employers and will serve as a valuable recruitment tool in an era of increasing competition for students. Degrees accredited by the Society have been shown to provide graduates with the skills and experience needed to enter a successful career in the biosciences.

Thanks to all those in the School of Biological Sciences who contributed to the success of this application.

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