Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

Ecology and environmental management pathways gain CIEEM accreditation

Friday, 28 February 2014


Oxford Brookes University is pleased to announce that a number of our courses have been awarded accredited degree status in recognition of their teaching of the knowledge and skills that are critical to protecting our environment now and in the future.

We are one of only a small number of universities to meet the high standards of course content and delivery approved by CIEEM's Governing Board.

MSc Conservation Ecology and pathway courses for BSc (Hons) BiologyBSc (Hons) Animal Biology and Conservation, and BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences degrees have each received accreditation status by offering an integrated approach to the study of ecology and the conservation of biodiversity.

In the BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences degree, students are introduced to the key concepts of biodiversity, sustainability, ecology and environmental systems. They develop an understanding of the scientific principles needed to conserve and manage the natural environment. Teaching is supported by practical work and fieldwork, enabling students to develop the field skills required by the sector and supporting subjects such as wildlife conservation, animal behaviour, climate change, environmental management, geoarchaeology, ethics and threatened species.

Dr Deborah Pearce, Programme Lead for Biology and Environment at Oxford Brookes University said: “It is great news to have so many of our courses accredited by CIEEM, highlighting their quality and relevance to potential employers. We have always worked hard to provide our students with the best possible academic experience while meeting employers' needs. Thanks to this accreditation our graduates will have an additional advantage in a job market where employers are increasingly looking at curricula when recruiting staff.”

CIEEM launched the degree accreditation scheme in 2013 following their report two years prior which revealed skills gaps and shortages in the ecological and environmental management profession.  The report, Ecological Skills: Shaping the profession for the 21st century, recommended degree accreditation as a means of supporting universities to teach students the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for in the workplace.

Sally Hayns, CIEEM’s Chief Executive, comments: "The accreditation scheme was developed by CIEEM in consultation with employers and recent graduates and was launched in July 2013 to a small number of universities. We are very pleased to have further institutions and courses embrace the ethos of the accredited status. CIEEM-accredited courses have been assessed for quality and relevance and are sure to deliver the knowledge and skills required by employers. We believe that students who successfully complete an accredited degree will have the competitive edge when applying for their first job in the sector."

There are a number of other benefits for students on a CIEEM-accredited degree or degree pathway, including:

  • studying a curriculum that has been identified as covering the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for;
  • studying on a course that has been assessed for quality and relevance to employers in the sector;
  • discounted CIEEM Student Membership;
  • opportunities to attend relevant CIEEM events at discounted membership rates and meet practising ecologists and environmental managers as well as access careers advice; and
  • fast-track upgrade applications from Student membership to Graduate Member on successful completion of an accredited course with the right to use the ‘Grad CIEEM’ post-nominal.

More information about the CIEEM is available on their website.