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    I'm a bit confused with the set up of the degrees. What's the difference between masters, doctorate, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees? And in which order do they come?
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    Undergrad- do this first usually after A-Levels eequivalent
    Postgrad/ Masters- usually 1/2 years of further education after you've done your degree
    Doctorate- that's your PhD; v research intensive
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    (Original post by CJClarke)
    I'm a bit confused with the set up of the degrees. What's the difference between masters, doctorate, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees? And in which order do they come?
    Some of the terms overlap a bit, just to spice things up.

    An undergraduate degree is any first degree, usually called a bachelors degree (BA, BSc).

    A postgraduate qualification is one taken by people who have already graduated with a BSc, say. Examples are masters (MA, MSc), or doctorates (e.g. DPhil, DSc) which are at a higher level than masters degrees.

    There are undergraduate masters in some science and engineering subjects, which normally take an extra year and lead to a masters degree without having a separate course. Examples are MPhys and MEng.

    Finally there is the masters which is equivalent to a bachelors (taken at ancient Scottish universities) and the masters which is a nominally paid for but otherwise unearned upgrade to a BA (from Oxford or Cambridge) also still equivalent to a bachelors.
 
 
 
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