Accreditation benefits

Accreditaion LogoThe Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES), the education committee 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, which provides a mark of quality and indicates that an education institute is planning the career paths of its 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
    • Environmental Science MEnvSci
    • Geography MGeog
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science with Professional Placement Abroad BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science with Year Abroad BSc (Hons)
    • Air Pollution Management & Control MSc
    • Environmental Science MSci
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Earth & Ocean Science BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science with Professional Experience BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science: Legislation & Management MSc
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons) - Starts September 2019
    • Geography BSc (Hons)
    • Conservation Biology MSc
    • Environmental Assessment & Control MSc
    • Environmental Management MSc
    • Environmental Sciences BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Sciences with Year in Industry BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Sciences with Year Abroad BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Sciences MSci
    • ​Environmental Sciences with Year Abroad MSci
    • Earth Science BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science & Sustainability BSc (Hons)
    • Geography BSc (Hons), MA (Hons), MASoc Sci (Hons)
    • Ecology & Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Applied Ecology MSc
    • Environmental Management & Ecology BSc (Hons)
    • Applied Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Applied Environmental Science with Work Placement Year BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science with Work Placement Year BSc (Hons)
    • Environment & Sustainability BSc (Hons)
    • Environment & Sustainability with Work Placement Year BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Wildlife Conservation BSc (Hons)
    • Geography MSci (Hons)
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • BSc Environmental Science with Year Abroad BSc (Hons)
    • BSc Environmental Science with Year in Industry BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Ecology & Conservation BSc (Hons) (Closed to new students)
    • Environmental Management & Sustainability BSc (Hons) (Closed to new students)
    • Sustainable Environmental Management MSc
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • International Environmental Management MSc
    • Environmental Biology BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science MSci
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons) 
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Marine Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science MEnvSci
    • Marine Environmental Science MEnvSci
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science MSc
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science with Professional Experience BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Protection & Management MSc
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science MEnvSci
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science MEnvSci (Hons)
    • Energy, Environment & Sustainability FdSc
    • Energy, Environment & Sustainability BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Earth Sciences BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science MSci
    • Environmental Strategy MSc
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Geography BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Toxicology & Pollution Management MSc
    • Geographic Information Systems MSc
    • Environmental Resource Mananagement (and with Foundation Year) BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science (and with Foundation Year) BSc (Hons)
    • Geography (and with Foundation Year) BSc (Hons)
    • Wildlife Ecology & Conservation Science (and with Foundation Year) BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Consultancy MSc
    • Environmental Management MSc
    • Wildlife Ecology & Conservation Science (and with Foundation Year) MSci
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons) 
    • Environment, Economics & Ecology BSc (Hons)
    • Environment, Economics & Ecology with Year in Industry BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Geography BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Geography with Year in Industry BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
    • Environmental Science with Year in Industry BSc (Hons)
    • Environment, Economics & Ecology MEnv
    • ​Environment, Economics & Ecology with Year in Industry MEnv
    • Environmental Geography MEnv
    • Environmental Geography with Year in Industry MEnv
    • Environmental Science MEnv
    • ​Environmental Science with Year in Industry MEnv

Relevant documents

The latest information and forms can be found on the accreditation page of the CHES website.

Who to contact

Adam Donnan

About CHES

Who are they: 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 plays a leading role in the Higher Education Environmental Science community and advocates for environmental science within education.

Relationship to the IES: After working closely together for over a decade in 2013 CHES merged with the IES and now serves as its education committee.

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
  • Electronic copies of our latest edition of our journal environmental SCIENTIST
  • ES Monthly newsletter
  • Preferential opportunities for internship placements
  • Free or reduced entry to IES events