What is accreditation?
In almost every profession, one of the things that the professional bodies which regulate that profession do is check the quality of relevant degree programmes, and then accredit those programmes that meet their criteria. In computing, these activities are run by the British Computer Society (BCS), who accredit degree programmes as meeting the educational requirements for the various professional qualifications that they can subsequently award. Each of these qualifications also has requirements for professional experience, to be achieved once you have graduated, but knowing that your degree would meet the relevant educational requirements provides you with a guarantee that the degree programme is of high quality.
Which professional qualifications are relevant?
The BCS can award any of the following three professional qualifications.
- Chartered Information Technology Professional, which is the broadest one of the three, and is awarded by the BCS itself. This qualification entitles you to put the letters CITP after your name.
- Chartered Engineer, which the BCS awards on behalf of the Engineering Council to those who are working in areas such as software engineering. This qualification entitles you to put the letters CEng after your name.
- Chartered Scientist*, which the BCS awards on behalf of the Science Council to those who are working in scientific applications of computing. This qualification entitles you to put the letters CSci after your name.
Accreditation of our courses
As part of the accreditation process, an accreditation panel from the BCS visits the Department of Computer Science on a periodic basis. The most recent of these visits was in April 2017, to review the accreditation of our degrees for the next five years. The panel was very impressed with the quality of our courses, and on the basis of their recommendations the BCS agreed to accredit our programmes as detailed below.
Some of these professional qualifications require education to Master’s level, and so each accreditation is at two levels. Simplifying slightly, some degrees are considered to partially meet the educational requirements for accreditation, and others to fully meet those requirements.
- MEng Software Engineering/with a Year in Industry
- MComp Computer Science/with a Year in Industry
- MComp Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science/with a Year in Industry
- MComp Computer Science with Mathematics/with a Year in Industry
The above courses fully meet the requirements for all three of the professional qualifications (CITP, CEng, CSci).
- BSc Computer Science/with a Year in Industry
- BSc Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science/with a Year in Industry
The above courses fully meet the requirements for CITP and partially meet the requirements for CEng and CSci.
- BEng Software Engineering/with a Year in Industry
- BSc Computer Science and Mathematics/with a Year in Industry
The above courses fully meet the educational requirements for CITP and partially meet the requirements for CEng.
If you have any questions about the accreditation of our degree programmes, please contact our admissions team.
Click here for the British Computer Society web site.
* From March 2019 the BCS are withdrawing their membership from the Science Council. As a consequence, any degrees commenced after this date will no longer be accredited to Chartered Scientist status (CSci). Other accreditation remains unchanged.