MBB receives Royal Society of Biology Accreditation for its undergraduate degree programmes
- The UK's leading Professional Body in Biological Sciences, the Royal Society of Biology, has awarded MBB BSc degree programmes with Accreditation and MBiolSci degree programmes with Advanced Accreditation.
- Accreditation is an independent and rigorous assessment of degree programmes offered by UK universities in the biosciences area.
- Assessors praised the final year undergraduate research projects and research-led curriculum as an example of best practice within the sector.
MBB has received accreditation for its BSc Undergraduate Degree Programmes and Advanced Accreditation for our MBiolSci Undergraduate Masters Programme.
The Royal Society of Biology, the leading professional body representing many of the learned societies and other organisations making up the diverse landscape of the biological sciences, have formally approved Accreditation of all of MBB's BSc programmes, and renewed the Advanced Accreditation for our MBiolSci integrated Masters programmes.
The Royal Society of Biology note that accreditation is "an independent and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills."
Following the accreditation visit by the Royal Society of Biology in May 2020, the assessors noted that the MBB BSc programmes are a fine example of best practice with our research-led curriculum; the final year project; our development of problem solving and analytical skills; and the student experience of creativity and teamwork. And specifically that our "approach to data analysis and interpretation culminating in data handling modules is sector leading by a long way". Accreditation also gives final year students a free year's membership of the Royal Society of Biology.
Professor Mike Williamson, Head of the Department, welcomed the news of the accreditation saying: "We are delighted to receive this accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology for our degree programmes. This award is testament to the hard work of our teaching and research staff over a number of years in seeking to develop a high quality research-led molecular biosciences research programme. I know that it will give new students added confidence to know that they receive truly outstanding teaching in our department that furnishes them with the transferable skills required by employers."