Accreditation scheme

Information for students

The Royal Statistical Society accredits honours and masters degrees in statistics and related disciplines. RSS accreditation provides reassurance that the teaching, learning and assessment within the programme is of high quality and meets the needs of students and employers.

The subject standards that underpin our accreditation process are built on the foundations of the relevant QAA Benchmark Statements and detail the skills and knowledge that we believe graduates need to embark on a career as a statistician.

If you began your studies in 2018/19 and beyond, see if your course is on the up to date list of accredited courses.

Information for universities and other tuition providers

Our accreditation process provides a valuable endorsement for institutions offering programmes in statistics and related disciplines at honours degree and masters level.

By awarding accreditation, we hope to ensure that teaching, learning and assessment within a programme is of high quality and meets the needs of students and employers. As well as recognising excellence, we also seek to improve standards of learning and teaching through effective partnerships with institutions and sharing good practice. 

Our accreditation scheme also provides students with a competitive edge in a challenging job market.

How to apply

Full details about our accreditation scheme and information on how to make an application can be found in the Accreditation guide.

We welcome applications at any point in the year. The accreditation process should take less than three months to complete.

RSS standards

The standards at levels 6 and 7 relate to QAA benchmarks at that level but are designed to fit to a wide range of programmes, delivered in different ways.

Standards for level 6 of the Qualifications Framework

Standards for level 7 of the Qualifications Framework

We are in the process of developing standards at level 4/5 with a view to extending the accreditation service to cover foundation degree programmes and joint honours degrees that develop statistical knowledge and skills at this level.

In addition, an endorsement process is being developed which will enable the RSS to recognise good practice in programmes which develop statistical literacy at lower levels of the qualification’s framework. If you are interested in being involved in developments in this area, please contact us.

Accreditation scheme fees

The charge for applying is £250. This is a non-refundable cost and is only payable on initial application. It is not charged for institutions migrating from our existing accreditation scheme to the new service or for re-accreditation of an existing programme.

Assessment fee

The charge for the assessment of an initial application and site visit will be equivalent to the cost of the first year’s accreditation fee. This fee covers all expenses associated with the assessment and visit except for overnight accommodation for the assessment panel. Institutions will be required to book accommodation for the panel members in a suitable nearby hotel the evening before the site visit. The assessment fee will be invoiced following receipt of a full application. An increased assessment fee to be agreed with the institution will normally be charged where a visit will entail long distance travel for panel members (for example, visits to locations outside the UK).

Accreditation fees

These are charged on an annual basis according to the number of programmes submitted, and as agreed by the RSS. The RSS will consider the level of work required for the application, the number of students and the complexity of programmes and where relevant, travel time required for visits, to ensure that costs are representative and equitable.

The first year’s fee will be invoiced following receipt of a full application; in subsequent years it will be charged on the anniversary of the award of accreditation. The table below provides our standard fee rates; the RSS reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation during the accreditation period. Please note, if your application is unsuccessful, the assessment fee is a non-returnable payment.

Programmes Cost per year
1-5 £2,000
6-10 £2,500
10+ £3,000