– Bachelor of Arts
BSc – Bachelor of Science
BEng – Bachelor of Engineering
LLB – Bachelor of Law
so called Honours degree usually means that students had
to submit a major project at the end of their studies.
If they did not do that, they are usually awarded an Ordinary
Differences between the UK and the US Undergraduate education:
In the UK, students need to decide what specific area
they want to study before even applying to a University.
There are no general studies at an undergraduate level.
An equivalent of that would be the so called Foundation
or Access courses – they give general knowledge
that should prepare a candidate for their further studies
in either humanities, science, arts and other areas. The
UK universities treat Foundation and Access courses as
a bridge in qualifications. In the UK, students study
for 13 years before they can apply to a university, whereas
in many other countries this period is shorter, and in
the US is 12 years. That is why many US High School students
will find that UK universities consider their qualifications
to be insufficient for a direct entry onto an undergraduate
course. However, students who have attended and taken
AP classes and tests may find that they are eligible for
direct entry, as the AP courses involve a more in-depth
study and can be considered equivalent to the British
Postgraduate level, students study on average for one
year to obtain their Masters qualification. At the end
of the course of their studies, they need to conduct research
and submit a dissertation. The following qualifications
MA – Master of Arts
MSc- Master of Science
MEng – Master of Engineering
LLM – Master of Law
MRes – Master of Research is a stand alone qualification
but usually forms part of the PhD and gives students an
excellent preparation to conduct their doctoral research.
MPhil – Master of Philosophy is a stand alone qualification,
but usually leads to a PhD.
Students with a Bachelors degrees of a required GPA are
usually eligible for direct entry onto a Postgraduate
programme. Those, whose GPA is below the required entry,
will usually have an option to top it up by taking part
in a pre-Masters course.
PhD – Doctor of Philosophy is a Doctoral qualification
awarded after a minimum of 3 years of study, which would
finish with a doctoral thesis. The PhD thesis is a unique
contribution to a particular area of science.
MBA – Master of Business Administration is a professional
qualification that can be obtained after a minimum of
1 year study. The UK universities usually offer an AMBA
(Association of MBAs) accredited course, which requires
a minimum of 3 years of full time, postgraduate experience.
Only candidates that fulfill this requirement are considered
eligible for entry. Additionally, some universities require
a GMAT and an interview as part of the application process.
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