Postgraduate Education

Postgraduate Education

Postgraduate education can be pursued after completing a Bachelor’s degree. Postgraduate education consists of a Master’s degree and Doctorates, earned in hierarchical order. Unlike an undergraduate student, a postgraduate student demonstrates knowledge and proficiency in a specific field that can be further applied to professional practice. Master’s (MA) degree follows undergraduate studies in the form of a Baccalaureate (Bs). Sometimes, both Bs and Master’s degrees can be the components of one integrated course. Earning a Master’s degree normally takes 1-2 years full-time, depending on the country it may take longer. After completion of an MA one receives a degree that would serve as an official documentation of one’s abilities to serve complex problems in a field and the advanced knowledge of the subject. Doctorates are the last stage in Postgraduate education. The most common doctoral degree received in the USA and UK is Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). It is awarded in a wide variety of fields ranging from humanities to physical sciences. A PhD student must demonstrate advanced skills in research. Earning a PhD usually takes 3-4 years allowing one to have opportunities to teach at the university and is considered the highest level of education.

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