what is a BA/MA/BSc?Watch
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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.
It describes your degree e.g. BA = bachelor of arts
MA = master of arts