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There are in excess of 50,000 degrees, it is important that you choose the right degree
Research into different courses with links to the universities, www.ucas.com
You can also try the Course Finder questionnaire on www.ukcoursefinder.com. This questionnaire may help you choose your degree subject. There is additional information which may help you with your university decisions.
Find the right course for you www.unistats.direct.gov.uk
The university and college open directory helps you choose the right university for you www.opendays.com
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Associate-level programmes offer different degrees for a variety of careers. These 2-year programmes may provide the necessary training to prepare students for entry-level positions in fields like nursing, graphic design and other vocational areas. Associate degree programmes are most commonly available from community colleges and technical schools.
Completing an associate degree programme may qualify graduates to enter the workforce. Transferable associate degree programmes cover the general education requirements needed to continue a student's education at a 4-year university. The most common degrees available at the associate level include the following:
- Associate of Arts (A.A.)
- Associate of Science (A.S.)
- Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
A bachelor's degree programmes is an undergraduate programme that usually takes four years to complete. Enrolling in a bachelor's degree programme requires that students choose a major area of study, such as finance, history, communications or biology. Graduates from a bachelor's degree programme are qualified to work in entry or management-level positions, depending on the field.
A bachelor's degree is also usually required for admittance into a graduate programme . The different types of degrees available in a bachelor's degree programme include the following:
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
- Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
- Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
- Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)
Master's degree programmes are graduate programme that let students specialize in an area of study. They typically take 1-2 years to complete. Along with an undergraduate degree, enrolling in a master's degree programme usually requires a minimum GPA and an acceptance score on a graduate entrance exam, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Many master's degree programme require a thesis or capstone project for graduation.
Earning a master's degree may qualify graduates to work in advanced or executive-level positions. A master's degree is also required for entrance into some doctoral programme . Different degree programme available at the master's degree level include the following:
- Master of Arts (M.A.)
- Master of Science (M.S.)
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Doctoral degree programmes also known as Ph.D. programmes , are the most advanced type of degree program available. Admittance into a doctoral degree program may require individuals to hold a master's degree, although several programme accept candidates who only hold bachelor's degrees. Additional requirements to be accepted into these programme may include submitting standardised test scores and sending in letters of recommendation.
Completing a Ph.D. program usually takes several years, and often involves the completion of a dissertation and a major research project. Medical-related doctoral programme may have students complete hands-on clinical hours with real patients during the final years of the program.
Ph.D. graduates are qualified to work as experts in areas of business or research, and professors at the post secondary level. Common types of doctoral degrees include those listed below:
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
- Juris Doctor (J.D.)
- Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)
- Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
While there are many different college level degree options, the four main degree levels include associate, bachelors, masters, and doctorate.
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