Discrete Master (MSc) Accreditation

Criteria and Key Requirements

Breadth of Knowledge (Discrete Masters, MSc)


  • Breadth of understanding of chemistry through prior learning must be assured through admissions processes

Depth of Knowledge (Discrete Masters, MSc)


  • 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 (Discrete Masters, MSc)


  • Programmes must develop the professional skills for those intending to practice chemical sciences 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