Integrated Masters (MChem) Accreditation

Criteria and Key Requirements

Breadth of Knowledge (Bachelors BSc & Integrated Masters MChem)


  • Evidence of study of the three main branches of the chemistry is provided at some point during university study 
  • Programme outcomes should include a breadth of understanding of chemistry with the ability to solve problems at the threshold level of competence  

Depth of Knowledge (Integrated Masters, MChem)


  • Programmes should ensure a depth of knowledge in specialist areas of chemical science demonstrated by an ability to solve problems

Practical Skills (all programmes)


  • Students must develop a range of practical skills 

Project Work (Discrete Masters, MSC and Integrated Masters MChem)


  • Programmes must provide research training to enable students to complete a substantial project, the outcome of which is potentially publishable

External Placements (all programmes)


  • Any external placements must be subject to assessment against explicit and demanding criteria with universities retaining control and supervision of its students

Professional Skills (Integrated Masters, MChem)


  • Programmes must develop a broad range of transferable key skills
  • Programmes must develop the professional skills for those intending to practice chemical science as a profession

Assessment (all programmes)


  • Assessment should be varied, appropriate and rigorous, and require students to apply their knowledge and solve problems

Programme Title (all programmes)


  • The title of a programme should be indicative of content and address the assumptions an employer will make on the graduates' abilities based on the title

Quality Assurance (all programmes)


  • Resources devoted to a programme should provide students with a suitably supportive environment so enabling them to be successful in achieving the stated learning outcomes