What does accreditation mean?


Accreditation is evidence that a degree course has been determined to contribute towards the approved academic requirements of the Engineering Council UK (ECUK) and its member institutions. For courses within the department this includes the British Computer Society (BCS), the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and the Joint Audio Media Education Services (JAMES).

Accreditation of a degree course may lead to Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng) status - in some cases this might mean that other educational requirements also have to be met. In both cases, you will also have to demonstrate professional competency.

In the case of the MSc Information Management, CILIP accreditation is needed to practice as an information or library professional.


Exemption is evidence that a degree course has been determined to meet the academic requirements equivalent to the entrance examinations for a particular institution, such as the British Computer Society (BCS).

All programmes that are determined as appropriate for accreditation and exemption are regularly inspected by the relevant institutions. However, due to the cyclical nature of accreditation visits, the status of individual programmes of study may vary from time to time. If you would like to check the current accreditation status of individual programmes, then please check the relevant institutional website or contact the institution to find out.

There are many benefits to becoming a member of your professional institution and there are different types of membership depending on the stage of your development or career. Please see the individual institution's website for more information and how membership can benefit you.

British Computer Society (BCS)

Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)

Joint Audio Media Education Services (JAMES)

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