Here at Manchester Metropolitan University, we work hard to make sure that our courses offer the highest standard of education available in their respective fields.
If you spend some time reading through our programme pages, you'll often see us refer to third-party accreditation as one of the many hallmarks to signify the quality of our courses.
In this blog, we're going to explore a little bit more about what these extra stamps of approval mean in practice and how an accredited Masters degree from Manchester Metropolitan University could open the door to even more opportunities after graduation.
Let's take a look.
What is accreditation?
In the UK, the title of 'university' is controlled by law and only bestowed on educational institutions with a reputation for quality. Institutions that have been designated as universities are permitted to award official undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, so if you're considering a course that offers this end qualification, you can be confident that you'll be getting a genuine educational outcome recognised around the globe.
However, not all universities - and not all courses - are created equally. Some institutions are recognised for a particularly high standard of education amongst employers. Their courses provide better outcomes and a higher standard of graduates than other universities. For this reason, they are sometimes given official accreditation by third-party organisations.
If you see the words 'accredited by' in one of our course descriptions, it means that an important organisation in that specific industry has given this course their seal of approval.
Why is it so important?
Only courses that offer up-to-date course curriculums, research-led innovations and industry-focused learning outcomes are awarded accreditation by third-party organisations. Out of the thousands of courses that might be available in your profession, quite often only a handful are awarded this kind of approval. This means that, when searching for the best talent in their industry, employers are more likely to turn to accredited providers for newly graduated prospects.
In some cases, accreditation bodies also create networking opportunities for students and graduates, and in most cases, graduates from an accredited course are automatically awarded membership of the partner organisation. For example, students on an AMBA accredited course graduate with AMBA Membership status, giving them access to proprietary job portals, networking events and careers support from the AMBA.
Who accredits programmes?
Courses here at Manchester Metropolitan University are accredited by a range of institutions unique to each industry. Each partner organisation offers different levels of opportunities and support to our graduates. Take a look below to see the kinds of organisations that have partnered with us.
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
The CIPD has been setting standards for professional development and people management in the human resources sector for over 100 years. They champion the highest standards of HR management internationally, with offices across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Graduates from our International Human Resource Management MSc are awarded Associate Membership status with the CIPD.
The Association of MBAs
A charity organisation founded as an impartial authority on management-level education, the AMBA awards accreditation only to the very best business departments in the world. Their award "provides a reliable list of meticulously tested programmes and ensures that students' investments are rewarded with the finest business education available". Find out more about our AMBA accredited MBA programme and MBA in Strategic Health and Social Care.
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
The AACSB was founded in 1916 to help ensure global standards of collegiate education in business. Courses are only awarded AACSB accreditation after a rigorous assessment of their strategic management qualities, innovation and professional standards. The Business School at Manchester Metropolitan University is one of only a handful of UK departments to be double-accredited by both the AMBA and AACSB.
Courses with double accreditation include:
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