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does it determine how clever you are or something? what do they mean?
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"Titles" you get after graduating from university. The B stands for Bachelor, the M stands for Master.

Bachelor's degrees are usually awarded after a 3-year course (4 years sometimes in Scotland), and Master's degrees are usually awarded after a 1-year course that you take after graduating from a Bachelor's. Sometimes the master's is integrated, so you do a 4 year course instead of a 3 year course and graduate straight away with a master's qualification.

So MSc (science), MLitt (letters), MRes (research), MA (arts), they're all master's-level qualifications that you can take after graduating with a Bachelor's degree.
MSci and MEng are the integrated master's courses. Some universities have more variations on this - e.g. MPhys, MChem, MComp, MMath you can probably guess what they're for. There's also the MASt (master of advanced study) which is used to refer to master's-level maths courses, such as Cambridge's part III maths course.

Important to note that "master" is a bit of an archaic term in this case; you're not necessarily a literal master at the topic.

There's also doctorate awards, such as the PhD, DPhil, DCL, EngD and some rare and/or usually only honorary ones such as D.Litt or DSc.
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It describes your degree e.g. BA = bachelor of arts
MA = master of arts
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It describes your degree e.g. BA = bachelor of arts
MA = master of arts
what do they mean?
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It's already been explained but a BSc/BA is an undergraduate degree and an MSc/MA is postgraduate degree, you generally need an undergraduate degree before doing a postgrad
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As above they're degree titles. I would note that the distinction between BA/BSc and MA/MSc is nonexistent now, and you don't in any way indicate the content of the degree. You need to look at the actual course content to see that. A BSc does not imply the degree is necessarily more scientific and a BA does not imply it is less; all degrees awarded by Oxford and Cambridge are BA degrees, but their STEM courses still cover as much if not more STEM content than other STEM courses with "BSc" as the title, and LSE only offers non-STEM degrees (with the exception of joint honours courses in maths for a couple of them), however all but four of their degrees award the BSc.
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