How we got to this point

In January 2018 we first put together a working group to discuss ideas for the accreditation system for pluralist economics masters programmes. This working group involved both academics and stakeholders including an expert on accreditation systems.  We are using the criteria and other proposals that came out of this this working group as a starter for discussion. This is where the initial proposals for criteria came from that have been put on the online platform here. There was then a range of other proposals added which were discussed online. Then from these draft criteria were developed for comment here. These were then revised to provide final criteria here.

The process from here

The overall process is structured in two phases:

Phase I


Phase I establishes:

  • The criteria a masters programme should meet to be accredited (Stage 1);
  • The assessment and compliance processes to verify these criteria are being met; e.g. a catalogue of what can count as proof of meeting a certain criterion (Stage 2);
  • The governance structure for the scheme, ensuring its functionality (Stage 3).

So far we have established the criteria.  We are now looking for comment on assessment, compliance and learning here and governance here. Please give your comments.

Phase II

Phase 2 will serve to clarify any remaining details regarding practicalities to ensure the functionality of the scheme. How exactly this second phase is going to be structured is yet to be specified as it almost entirely depends on the outcome of Phase 1.

If you would like to get your voice heard in this project to finally bring about the long overdue systemic change in economics education, this is your chance.