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What does the academic term Postgraduate mean in higher education?


Postgraduate definition

Short Definition

Postgraduate refers to a student who has completed a bachelor's degree and is enrolled in a graduate program or pursuing a professional degree.

In-depth Overview


Long definition: Postgraduate refers to the level of education that follows the completion of an undergraduate degree. It encompasses various advanced academic programs and degrees, including master's degrees and doctoral degrees (Ph.D.). Postgraduate education provides students with the opportunity to specialize in a particular field of study, conduct in-depth research and gain advanced knowledge and skills.

Etymology: The term "postgraduate" is derived from the words "post", meaning "after", and "graduate", referring to someone who has received a degree. Therefore, postgraduate education occurs after the completion of an undergraduate (or bachelor's) degree.

Synonyms or related academic terms:

  • Graduate
  • Advanced Studies
  • Higher Education

Examples of Use:

  • She decided to pursue a postgraduate degree in psychology to specialize in clinical counseling.
  • Many postgraduate students engage in research projects that contribute to the advancement of knowledge in their respective fields.
  • Postgraduate programs often require a thesis or dissertation as a significant part of the curriculum.

Spanish: Posgrado
French: Troisième Cycle
German: Postgraduiertenstudium
Italian: Laurea Magistrale
Portuguese: Pós-graduação
Japanese: 大学院 (Daigakuin)
Chinese (Simplified): 研究生 (Yánjiūshēng)
Hindi: स्नातकोत्तर (Snatakottar)

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