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Institute of Physics Accreditation

Institute of Physics accreditation

All our degree courses are accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP). This is a sign of the quality of our programmes and means that your degree is highly valued by employers around the word.

The IOP is a leading scientific society promoting physics and bringing physicists together for the benefit of all. It has a worldwide membership of around 40,000, comprising physicists from all sectors, as well as those with just an interest in physics. It works to advance physics research, application and education; and engages with policy makers and the public to develop awareness and understanding of physics. Its publishing company, IOP Publishing, is a world leader in professional scientific communications 

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

The primary aims of IOP 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, 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 IOP 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.