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Each University page includes the graduation date range for currently and formerly accredited degrees.

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 and 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. A graduate taking an accredited undergraduate programme will be gaining experience and insights directly relevant to a later award of Chartered Geologist or Scientist (CGeol/CSci) status. 

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. 

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 logo

*University of Birmingham
School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences

University of Brighton logo

*University of Brighton
School of Environment & Technology

University of Bristol logo

*University of Bristol
School of Earth Sciences

University of Cambridge logo

*University of Cambridge
Department of Earth Sciences

University of the West of England logo

University of the West of England, Bristol
Department of Geography and Environmental Management

Coventry University logo

Coventry University
Department of Geography, Environment & Disaster Management

University of Derby logo

*University of Derby
School of Built and Natural Environment (+MSc)

University of Durham logo

*University of Durham
Department of Earth Sciences

University of East Anglia logo

*University of East Anglia
School of Environmental Sciences

University of Exeter logo

*University of Exeter
Camborne School of Mines

University of Gloucestershire logo
University of Greenwich logo

University of Greenwich
School of Science

University of Hull logo

*University of Hull
School of Environmental Sciences

University of Keele logo

*University of Keele
School of Geography, Geology & the Environment

Kingston University logo

Kingston University
Department of Geography, Geology & the​ Environment

University of Leeds logo

*University of Leeds
School of Earth & Environment (+MSc)

University of Leicester logo

*University of Leicester
School of Geography, Geology & the Environment

Liverpool John Moores University logo

Liverpool John Moores University
School of Natural Sciences & Psychology

University of Liverpool logo

*University of Liverpool
Department of Earth, Ocean & Ecological Sciences

Birbeck, University of London logo

*Birkbeck, University of London
Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences

Imperial College London logo

*Imperial College London
Department of Earth Science & Engineering (+MSc)

Royal Holloway logo

*Royal Holloway University of London
Department of Earth Sciences

UCL logo

*University College London
Dept of Earth Sciences

Manchester Metropolitan University logo

Manchester Metropolitan University
School of Science & The Environment

University of Manchester logo

*University of Manchester
Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences (+MSc)

Newcastle University logo

*Newcastle University
School of Natural & Environmental Sciences / School of Engineering 
(MSc Only)

University College Northampton logo

University College, Northampton
Division of Environmental & Geographical Sciences;

Nottingham Trent University logo

Nottingham Trent University
School of Architecture, Design & the Built Environment

University of Nottingham logo

University of Nottingham
School of Geography

The Open University logo

The Open University
Department of Environment, Earth & Ecosystems

University of Oxford logo

*University of Oxford
Department of Earth Sciences

University of Plymouth logo

*University of Plymouth
School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences

University of Portsmouth logo

*University of Portsmouth
School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences (+MSc)

University of Reading logo

University of Reading
School of Human & Environmental Sciences (former degrees accredited)

University of Sheffield logo

University of Sheffield
Department of Geography

University of Southampton logo

*University of Southampton
School of Ocean & Earth Science

Staffordshire University logo

Staffordshire University
School of Sciences (former degrees accredited)


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