Degree accreditation

The accreditation of physics degrees is an important part of the Institute's support for higher education.

Accreditation is the means by which the Institute monitors the content and standard of physics degrees and keeps the wider community of physicists informed.

The primary aims of Institute accreditation are to:

  • Provide an independent, rigorous and valid assessment of physics degree courses
  • Support the standing of individual courses and departments
  • Make it easier to promote the standing of UK and Ireland courses throughout Europe and the rest of the world
  • Guarantee to potential students that a course can satisfy the academic requirements for Institute Membership
  • Enhance the standing of physics and physicists

The skills and achievements of graduates of Accredited degrees are set out in The Physics Degree (PDF, 38 KB), which includes the Core of Physics, the key concepts which must be covered in all accredited programmes.

Holders of accredited degrees can follow a route to Institute Membership and the CPhys professional qualification. Graduates of accredited Integrated Masters degrees have fulfilled the educational requirements for CPhys status, while graduates of accredited Bachelors degrees have partially fulfilled these requirements, and need to demonstrate MPhys equivalence.

Successfully accredited degree programmes are listed in the Register of Accredited Courses (PDF, 91 KB). Guidance on accredited programmes at the Open University is available here (PDF, 32 KB).

For further information contact accreditation@iop.org.



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