The Society of Biology, a professional body for bioscientists, announced today (20 March 2012) that the MBiolSci in Biochemistry at Sheffield is one of only four courses in the UK to be accredited in their first round. The aim of the accreditation programme is to raise the standard of bioscience higher education, and in particular to highlight degrees which educate the research and development leaders of the future, and produce graduates better matched to the needs of industry.
David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, said “The Society of Biology’s Accreditation Programe will signpost students to the degree courses recognised by industry as providing the essential scientific and practical skills needed for a career in life sciences.” Prof David Hornby, Head of the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, said “We are delighted to be honoured in this way. The accreditation recognises the emphasis of this course on students acquiring practical experience in a research lab, and thus preparing students for a research career.”
Dr Anderson added “I am delighted at this recognition of the work we do to prepare our graduates for careers as professional molecular bioscientists and the research leaders of the future.”
The Programme has been developed with the support of government, higher education, industry, and the Society of Biology’s member organisations. The full press release can be found here.
Accreditation Awards Press Release