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If contemplating undertaking an MSc course in the UK, how important do you think it is that the course is accredited by an external body?

Do you think it's something future employers would take note of?

Or is lack of accreditation something that should not give prospective students concern?

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If contemplating undertaking an MSc course in the UK, how important do you think it is that the course is accredited by an external body?

Do you think it's something future employers would take note of?

Or is lack of accreditation something that should not give prospective students concern?

Thanks!
Accreditation is really important. If a course is not accredited, employers have no proof that you have reached an adequate level of education to do the job, because the course content has no external regulation. Many would probably hesitate to employ you if your degree is not accredited.


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Accreditation is really important. If a course is not accredited, employers have no proof that you have reached an adequate level of education to do the job, because the course content has no external regulation. Many would probably hesitate to employ you if your degree is not accredited.


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Thank you Charlotte.

I wonder does this also apply if the course in question is not for a specific occupation? That is, in the way that having a BEng which is accredited by an external body is important if wanting to later work in Engineering.

For example, Physics BSc courses can be accredited by the Institute of Physics, but I don't think they accredit any MSc courses.

Or as another example, Mathematical Modelling MSc courses are often not accredited.

Perhaps accreditation of an MSc is only important for Engineering or Computer Science MSc's?
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Thank you Charlotte.

I wonder does this also apply if the course in question is not for a specific occupation? That is, in the way that having a BEng which is accredited by an external body is important if wanting to later work in Engineering.

For example, Physics BSc courses can be accredited by the Institute of Physics, but I don't think they accredit any MSc courses.

Or as another example, Mathematical Modelling MSc courses are often not accredited.

Perhaps accreditation of an MSc is only important for Engineering or Computer Science MSc's?
I can't speak for all subjects but I study Physics. Both BSc and MSc can be accredited by the IoP, and almost every employer I've looked into requires an accredited course. I guess that you just need to do your research for the subject you want to apply for.
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I can't speak for all subjects but I study Physics. Both BSc and MSc can be accredited by the IoP
I had a look at the Physics degrees accredited by the IoP here:
http://www.iop.org/education/higher_...file_38818.pdf

I can only locate BSc, MSci and MPhys which they accredit. With the MSci and MPhys being the integrated 4-year courses.

I can't seem to locate any 1-year MSc courses shown there.

So if they previously accredited MSc courses, it would appear that they now only accredit undergraduate programmes.
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