What Is Accreditation and Why Is It Important?
In this blog post, we explain what accreditation means for online programmes and why it's so important.
What is accreditation?
Online programmes receive accreditation when they are officially verified by an external body. The verification process can be lengthy and involves assessment of the programme structure and content by a board of experts from the external institution in question.
Once an institution verifies a particular masters programme, it will be able to declare itself as officially accredited and enjoy all of the benefits that come with such an award.
Why is it significant?
It’s extremely hard for an online course to earn an accreditation. Gaining an endorsement like this means that the masters has been recognised by an independent body for its outstanding course design and content, as well as the continued relevance of the programme within a professional setting.
Accreditation means that programmes can boast of increased employability among their graduates, as well as recognition on the global academic stage.
It also helps to convince potential applicants that they will be equipped with relevant skills that will easily transfer from the virtual classroom to the workplace.
The accreditation process can also help programme staff to identify any weaknesses in their existing offering while further building on their strengths - a significant advantage for staff, students and other stakeholders.
Our accredited online degrees
Many of our degrees at the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine are accredited by professional bodies and organisations.
- 8 of our masters programmes are delivered in partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons, while two are delivered with the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.
- The MSc Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors was recently accredited by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors.
- Three of our courses – Clinical Education, Surgical Sciences and General Surgery – have received accreditation by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
- The Master of Public Health degree has been validated by the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA).
- The online MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour has been accredited by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB).