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Degree Accreditation

Accreditation Scheme

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. Please note that approval is always awarded to a programme and not to an individual student.

An accreditation scheme for taught MSc programmes was introduced in 2007.

The Accreditation Officer, Andy Saunders ( will be pleased to respond to queries regarding the accreditation scheme: