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Ten Queen's University degree courses granted prestigious Royal Society of Biology accreditation

Ten degree courses at the School of Biological Sciences and the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen's have been granted prestigious formal accreditation status by the Royal Society of Biology.

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The Royal Society of Biology is a professional body for the biological sciences in the UK, representing over 18,000 biologists from all areas of the life sciences, as well as over 100 organisations. It advises government and other public bodies; promotes educational activities and professional development for its members; and encourages public interest in and engagement with the life sciences.

Members include academics, scientists working in industry, public policy and education and students at all levels.

The degree courses, which will be accredited for five years, are:

  • BSc (Hons) Biochemistry
  • BSc (Hons) Biochemistry with Professional Studies
  • BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences with Professional Studies
  • BSc (Hons) Marine Biology
  • BSc (Hons) Marine Biology with Professional Studies
  • BSc (Hons) Microbiology
  • BSc (Hons) Microbiology with Professional Studies
  • BSc (Hons) Zoology
  • BSc (Hons) Zoology with Professional Studies

Graduates from these degree courses will receive one year of free membership of the Royal Society of Biology at Associate level. This opens up professional and knowledge-exchange networks and at an important time when starting out on a career.

Professor Geoff McMullan, Head of the School of Biological Sciences, said:

"This is a wonderful achievement and reflects the work ethos and dedication of the whole team here at the School. To have so many of our courses given this prestigious rubber-stamping is a great honour and we hope to build on it. It also comes at a great time, when we are in the process of moving into a purpose-built, brand new Biological Sciences building, so we are looking to the future with renewed confidence and enthusiasm."

Professor Nigel Scollan, Director of the Institute for Global Food Security, said:

"This is a marvellous endorsement of the teaching and academic standards of our staff, many of whom span both the School and IGFS. A high proportion of students who graduate from the School will go on to post-graduate research at IGFS and/or careers within the wide agri-food sector – this endorsement by the Royal Society of Biology not only underlines our high academic standards but improves the employability of our students."