Home    What's new    Search    Contact Us   Sign in / Register
· You are here: Home • Our work • Research and Higher Education » • Accreditation of programmes
About us Our work What's on Geography today Press & Media News Join us
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG): the heart of geography
Information for students
Information for graduates and employers
Information for institutions
Application forms and guidance
Accreditation Review Panel
List of accredited programmes

Accreditation of university geography programmes

The Society's university geography programme accreditation scheme offers recognition of undergraduate and integrated Masters degree programmes delivering key geographical knowledge, understanding, skills and approaches, and the development of professional and personal attributes of geography graduates. For accreditation of individuals using geographical skills in the workplace, please see Chartered Geographer.

University course accreditation; via Pixabay

Programmes are assessed in line with the QAA subject benchmark statement for Geography, which defines what can be expected of a graduate in terms of the knowledge, understanding, skills and approaches they have gained.

Use the links and information below to find out more about the accreditation scheme and process for application.

Information for students interested in geography

Careers advice

Accreditation is one way for a university to assure the content and delivery of their courses.

Information for graduates & employers

Planning your career »

Geography graduates are in demand - accreditation helps to recognise skills and expertise.

Information for institutions

Working towards Chartered Geographer

Accreditation recognises teaching and learning offered by departments.

Application process and forms 

Information for departments applying for accreditation.

Accreditation Review Panel

Information about the accreditation review process and panel.

List of accredited programmes

Accredited Programme logo icon

Browse a list of accredited geography programmes.

Accreditation scheme aims

The Society's Accreditation scheme appraises geography programmes seeking to deliver the knowledge, understanding, skills, approaches and professional/personal attributes expected of high quality geography graduates, as recorded in the QAA subject benchmark statement for geography. Through programme accreditation we aim to:

  • Share and promote the benefits of geography for the world beyond higher education
  • Recognise good practice in geography learning and teaching
  • Enhance competitiveness for students in a crowded graduate jobs market
  • Provide a means to support the continuous quality improvement of UK geography degree programmes
  • Support the international standing of UK higher education geography as a rigorous and applied subject.
RGS-IBG links
Our work
Information for students
Information for graduates and employers
Information for institutions
Accreditation Review Panel
Programme Accreditation Handbook (PDF)
Application Form (DOC)
List of accredited geography programmes
Support for geographers
Chartered Geographer
Study Geography

· Accessibility statement
· Terms and Conditions, and Cookie use
· Contact Webmaster
· Download Adobe Reader
· RGS-IBG is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Bookmark and Share