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Chartered Scientist

Chartered Scientist (CSci) is an award of the Science Council. It is only available to members of bodies licensed by the Science Council, including the OR Society.

The initials CSci after your name denote that you have been independently assessed as meeting benchmarked standards of scientific competence and experience; that you are continuing to keep your skills up-to-date; and that you are committed to comply with an independent code of conduct.



You are eligible to apply for CSci if you have sufficient post-graduate working experience and professional development. This will normally be at least four years if you have a relevant MSc. If you do not, it will need to be enough to demonstrate that you have also attained Masters-level competence.

CSci sits alongside the specific ORS awards of CandORS, AORS, AFORS and FORS. It is roughly equivalent to AFORS. To find out more about the benefits of each, and decide which award might be suitable for you, go to: Which scheme suits you?

Code of Conduct

Chartered Scientists are required to abide by the ORS code of conduct, which helps endorse your integrity and professional ethics; and accept a disciplinary code to enforce this.

Continuing Professional Development

Chartered Scientists are required to demonstrate that they are undertaking sufficient continuing professional development each year to maintain their competence. This requires undertaking a range of activities, documenting it, and documenting its contribution to competence. More detail on standard requirements and examples are on the Science Council website can be found at

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