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Accreditation

Accreditation

Our teaching has been accredited by several professional bodies.

  • All single-honours degrees are accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS).
  • All single-honours degrees are accredited by the the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE).
  • The BSc/MSci in Computer Science (Information Security) has been given provisional certification by GCHQ; only two integrated masters and two bachelors are certified.
  • The BCS also identified our teaching of Software Engineering as an area of Best Practice.

All our single-honours degrees are accredited by the British Computer Society, a chartered institute for the global IT profession:

BSc degrees – CITP, Partial CEng, Euro-Inf

MSci degrees – CITP, CITP FL, Full CEng, Euro-Inf

Accreditation means that, on graduation, a student has fully or partially fulfilled the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and / or a Chartered Engineer (CEng). 

Best practice

The 2014 Accreditation Visit Panel also identified the following area of best practice:

"The Software Engineering modules in the undergraduate programmes are well aligned both theoretically and practically."

Benefits of accreditation

BCS accreditation for Higher Education programmes provides a number of benefits for students.

Relevance – BCS accreditation ensures that degrees:

  • meet the high standards set by the profession – meet employer’s needs
  • provide a solid underpinning in computing

Recognition – graduating with a BCS accredited degree provides:

  • the opportunity to apply for professional membership of BCS (MBCS)
  • a progression pathway to professional registration by fulfilling (either partially or fully) the academic requirements for CITP, CEng, CSci or IEng statuses
  • a potential advantage when looking for a job as some employers may look for graduates with accredited degrees

BCS Accreditation

All our single-honours degrees have the Euro-Inf quality label, which is owned by the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE).

The Euro-Inf framework and accreditation system provides a set of standards that identifies high quality informatics and computer science degree programmes in Europe and abroad.

Benefits of accreditation

The Euro-Inf system is internationally recognised and facilitates both academic and professional mobility.

Benefits for students:

  • Assurance that programme meets high international standards
  • Easier access to Euro-Inf Master programmes
  • Additional quality label recognized by employers Europe-wide
  • International recognition of degree meeting professional standards

Benefits for employers:

  • Applicants knowledge and competences meet international standards
  • Reliable information about quality of degree programme without knowing its details
  • Not only academic standards checked but also relevance for the profession

EQANIE BSc

Our Integrated Masters (MSci) in Computer Science (Information Security) has been awarded provisional certification by GCHQ in 2016, and our BSc in Computer Science (Information Security) in 2017. Full certification will be awarded once the first cohorts graduate.

The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) is a British intelligence and security organisation responsible for providing signals intelligence (SIGINT) and information assurance to the British government and armed forces.

Benefits of accreditation

With the UK being one of the most advanced digital economies in the world, GCHQ-certified Masters' degrees help employers to recruit skilled staff, and develop the cyber skills of existing employees, in order to help make the UK one of the most secure places to do business in cyberspace and resilient to cyber attack.

GCHQ certification also helps prospective students to make better-informed choices when looking for a highly valued qualification. 

GCHQ Accreditation 2

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