Accreditation benefits

Accreditaion LogoThe Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES), the education committte of the IES, provides a professional accreditation scheme for Honours and Masters programmes in Higher Education and Further Education institutions.

By joining CHES and getting programmes accredited, departments become part of an active community which champions environmental disciplines both academically and professionally. CHES is determined to maintain the flow of highly qualified and motivated people who can meet the challenges of the future. We maintain a close working relationship with member universities, providing careers advice and resources, and conducting research into the environmental science in education.

Students enrolled on IES accredited programmes can apply for free Student Membership of the Institution.  Look for the CHES accreditation logo that provides a mark of quality and indicates that an education institute is planning the carrer paths of it's students.

Programmes accredited by the IES

    • Applied Terrestrial & Marine Ecology BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Conservation BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Management BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Geography BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Management MEnvSci (Hons)
    • Environmental Science MEnvSci (Hons)
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science with Professional Placement Abroad BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science MSci
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Earth & Ocean Science BSc
    • Environmental Science BSc
    • Geography BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Management MSc
    • Climate Change Impacts and Sustainability MSc
    • Environmental Science: Legislation and Management MSc
    • Environmental Science: Pollution and Monitoring MSc
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Sciences MSci
    • Environmental Management BSc (Hons)
    • Applied Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Applied Environmental Science with Work Placement Year BSc (Hons)
    • Environment and Sustainability BSc (Hons)
    • Environment and Sustainability with Work Placement Year BSc (Hons)
    • Climate Change BSc (Hons)
    • Ecology and Conservation BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Enterprise BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Management & Sustainability BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Pollution Control MSc
    • Sustainable Environmental Management MSc
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Animal Biology and Conservation BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Management BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Biodiversity and Conservation BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Change BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Sustainability BSc (Hons)
    • Marine Conservation BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Marine Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science MSc
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science with Professional Experience BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science MEnvSci
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science MEnvSci (Hons)
    • Energy, Environment and Sustainability FdSc
    • Environmental Geoscience BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Protection and Management MSc
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Coastal Zone Management MSc
    • Environmental Management MSc
    • Environmental Toxicology & Pollution Management MSc
    • Geographic Information Systems MSc
    • Climate Change & Energy Management BSc (Hons)
    • Conservation Biology BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Biology BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Geography & Environmental Management BSc (Hons)
    • Air Quality and Carbon Management MSc
    • Environmental Consultancy MSc
    • Environmental Science BSc

Relevant documents

Information pack for accreditation of UK universities.

For Higher and Further Education institutes in the UK seeking to accredit programmes.

Information and forms for universities from outside the UK can be found on the CHES website.

About CHES

The Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES) is the collective voice of the environmental sciences and related programmes in higher and further education. CHES provides a lobbying service for the Higher Education Environmental Science community.

CHES is an active networking organisation and serves to enhance the quality of outcomes throughout environmental education. It aims to facilitate cooperation and collaboration between relevant bodies within the UK and internationally.

Student membership

Students who are enrolled on accredited undergraduate or postgraduate programmes may apply for the special grade of Student Member.

Here are a few reasons for applying for free Student Membership:

  • The ability to use StMIEnvSc, signalling your professional commitment, to potential employers
  • First steps on an environmental career path which could take you to Chartered Status
  • Exclusive access to the Members area on our website, with news about jobs and events
  • Electronic copies of our latest edition of our journal Environmental Scientist
  • EnviroSci Newsletter every month
  • Preferential opportunities for internship placements
  • Free or reduced entry to IES events