Registered Scientist (RSci)


Registration with the Science Council (via The OR Society) is a great step on your professional journey towards chartership, and provides broad recognition for the professional capabilities of operational researchers, analysts and data scientists in the UK.

RSci applicants need to demonstrate their competence across the following five areas by providing examples from their working life, usually within the last five years, which illustrate how they have met each standard.

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1. Application of Knowledge and Understanding

  • Develop, maintain and extend a sound theoretical approach to application of science and technology in practice.
  • Apply underlying scientific concepts, principles and techniques in the context of new and different areas of work.
  • Analyse, interpret and evaluate relevant scientific and technology information, concepts and ideas and to propose solutions to problems.

2. Personal Responsibility

  • Work autonomously while recognising limits of scope of practice.
  • Take responsibility for safe working practices and contribute to their evaluation and improvement.
  • Promote and ensure the application of quality standards.
  • Take responsibility for planning and developing courses of action as well as exercising autonomy and judgement within broad parameter

3. Interpersonal Skills

  • Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication skills.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal and behavioural skills.
  • Demonstrate productive working relationships and an ability to resolve problems.

4. Professionalism

  • Identify, review and select scientific techniques, procedures and methods to undertake tasks.
  • Contribute to the organisation of tasks and resources.
  • Participate in the design, development and implementation of solutions.
  • Contribute to continuous performance improvement.

5. Professional Standards

  • Comply with relevant codes of conduct.
  • Maintain and enhance competence in own area of practice through professional development activity.

Ready to apply for RSci?

Visit the Science Council Website to begin your application