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Each University page includes the graduation date range for currently and formerly accredited degrees. This is particularly relevant to Fellows interested in applying for Chartered Geologist or Scientist, as an accredited degree reduces the experience needed for chartership.

To check if your degree is accredited:

Follow the link to your university page

See if your degree is listed and check the dates on which you must have graduated for this degree to be accredited. If no end date is shown, accreditation is continuing.

For degrees marked 'Accredited Pathway', only a particular pathway is accredited. If you are not sure if you took the accredited pathway, contact your department or the Accreditation Officer for advice.

Accredited Degrees & University Departments

Degree Accreditation

First Degree Programmes

The Geological Society's Accreditation Scheme for first degree programmes in geoscience was launched in 1997 and has now become an established benchmark of quality awarded to over 140 programmes. Applications from overseas are now being received, and the first overseas programme given accredited status was at the University of the West Indies in 2004. Since then programmes at universities in Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia and Oman have also been accredited.

Accredited status provides added assurance to prospective students that a department's teaching is of the highest quality, and has been approved by an independent body of academics and industrialists. An accredited degree will reduce the amount of experience required for applications for Chartered Geologist and Chartered Scientist. A professional geoscientist holding an accredited degree is eligible to apply for Chartered status one year earlier than those with unaccredited degrees. Those holding two accredited degrees (e.g. BSc and MSc) can apply two years earlier.

The list of accredited programmes changes as university departments apply for and receive accreditation. Accreditation is granted for a period of six years, at the end of which the university must submit an application for re-accreditation. When a degree programme is accredited for the first time, students will normally obtain an accredited degree if they are in their first or second year of study when accreditation is first awarded, although there may be exceptions to this rule. Approval is always awarded to a programme and not to an individual student. 

MSc programmes

An accreditation scheme for taught MSc programmes was introduced in December 2006, to recognise MSc programmes that offer advanced professional and scientific training in a specific area of the geosciences.

A graduate taking an accredited MSc will be gaining experience and insights directly relevant to a later award of Chartered Geologist or Scientist (CGeol/CSci) status. In recognition of this, applications for CGeol/CSci with an accredited MSc benefit from an accelerated route, subject to satisfying all other criteria. Similar benefits are open to students with an accredited MSc converting from non-geoscience first degrees.

University Geoscience Departments

University departments of geoscience in the UK, Ireland and Overseas are listed below (alphabetically by region). Please click on the department name to find out more about the institution. The linked pages show all currently and formerly accredited degree and MSc programmes, with the date that accreditation was granted and the date that it will expire unless an application for re-accreditation is submitted.

Institutions offering accredited degrees are highlighted:

Departments offering accredited first degrees are highlighted in green & marked with an asterisk (*) Institutions also offering accredited MSc programmes are highlighted in blue.

As part of improvements to our careers advice, Masters not yet accredited by the Society are also listed on the relevant university pages.


""*University of Birmingham, School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences
""*University of Brighton, School of the Environment & Technology
""*University of Bristol, School of Earth Sciences ""*University of Cambridge, Department of Earth Sciences
""Coventry University, Department of Geography, Environment & Disaster Management ""*University of Derby, Department of Natural Sciences (+MSc)
""*University of Durham, Department of Earth Sciences ""*University of East Anglia, School of Environmental Sciences
""*University of Exeter, Camborne School of Mines
""University of Gloucestershire, School of Natural & Social Science
""University of Greenwich, School of Science ""*University of Hull, School of Environmental Sciences
""*University of Keele, School of Physical & Geographical Sciences
""Kingston University, Department of Geography and Geology
""*University of Leeds, School of Earth & Environment (+MSc) ""*University of Leicester, Department of Geology
""Liverpool John Moores University, School of Natural Sciences & Psychology ""*University of Liverpool, Department of Earth, Ocean & Ecological Sciences
""*Birkbeck College, University of London, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences ""*Imperial College, London, Department of Earth Science & Engineering (+MSc)
""*Royal Holloway, University of London, Department of Earth Sciences ""*University College London, Dept of Earth Sciences
""Manchester Metropolitan University, School of Science & The Environment ""*University of Manchester, School of Earth, Atmospheric & Environmental Sciences (+MSc)
""*University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, School of Civil Engineering & Geosciences (MSc Only) ""University College, Northampton, Division of Environmental & Geographical Sciences;
""Nottingham Trent University, School of Architecture, Design & the Built Environment ""University of Nottingham, School of Geography
""The Open University, Department of Environment, Earth & Ecosystems
""*Oxford University, Department of Earth Sciences
""*University of Plymouth, School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences ""*University of Portsmouth, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences (+MSc)
""University of Reading, School of Human & Environmental Sciences (former degrees accredited) ""University of Sheffield, Department of Geography
""*University of Southampton, School of Ocean & Earth Science ""Staffordshire University, School of Sciences (former degrees accredited)


""*University of Aberdeen, Department of Geology & Petroleum Geology
""*University of Edinburgh, School of Geosciences
""University of Glasgow, School of Geographical & Earth Sciences
""*Heriot-Watt University, Institute of Petroleum Engineering (MSc Only)
""*University of St Andrews, School of Geography & Geosciences


""*University of Cardiff, School of Earth & Ocean Sciences (+MSc) ""University of South Wales, Pontypridd, School of Applied Sciences
""University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences
""University of Wales, Bangor, School of Ocean Sciences

Republic of Ireland

""University College, Cork, School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences ""Trinity College, Dublin, Department of Geology
""National University of Ireland, Galway, Department of Earth & Ocean ""University College, Dublin, School of Earth Sciences


""*University of Hong Kong, Department of Earth Sciences
""*King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Faculty of Earth Sciences
""*King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Department of Earth Sciences ""*Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, Earth Science Department
""*University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago, Petroleum Studies Unit, Dept. of Chemical Engineering  

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