When you first start further education, you may only have one or two different types of degree to choose from. However, as you progress through your education, more opportunities will become available to you. In this article, we want to give you a brief overview of the types of degrees available, and when you will be able to start them.
You will be able to start an associate’s degree as soon as you have graduated from High School. These courses typically last for two-years, although there are a few that may last a little bit longer than this.
Associate’s degrees are vocational. They are designed specifically to help people to prepare for certain jobs. Everything you study in an Associate’s degree will be geared towards a specific profession e.g. nursing, or technical positions.
While Associate’s degrees will not provide you with the same ‘well-rounded’ education that other degree types have, they are a great way to get into the workforce if you are already interested in a particular profession.
Bachelor’s degrees tend to last three to four years. You can also start these fresh out of High School.
A bachelor’s degree is designed to provide you with an in-depth overview of a specific subject area. While a lot of what you learn while following a Bachelor’s degree can be used in the work environment, and it can help you to prepare for a profession in that regard, most of the education will be theoretical.
Most degrees will be Bachelor’s degrees. This means law, economics, computing, languages, sciences, math etc.
A lot of professions that ask for degrees will expect you to have a Bachelor’s degree.
To start a master’s degree, you must have completed a bachelor’s degree in the same field you wish to complete your master’s in. These courses will take anywhere from 1 to 2 years to complete.
Master’s degrees are similar to bachelor’s degrees in many ways. The main being that you will be covering a certain subject. However, when you are following a master’s, you will be specializing in one specific area of study within that subject. This is fantastic when it comes to potential employment opportunities because you will have a lot more knowledge on certain subjects than somebody that merely completed a bachelor’s degree.
A lot of what you do when following a Master’s degree will be ‘independent study’, with the bulk of your marks being tied to a thesis produced at the end of the course.
You will likely only be able to start doctoral degrees if you have completed a master’s. Even then, not everybody has the opportunity to complete a doctorate. Positions are incredibly scarce and, as a result, there is a lot of competition in certain subjects. Doctorates can take a significant amount of time to complete. It will all be dependent on the subject area.
Most of what you do here will be based around completing a lengthy dissertation. This means a huge amount of research, and it means having a huge amount of knowledge on a very, very specific part of the subject you are studying.
When you have completed your doctoral degree, it is likely you will be able to use the letters ‘Dr.’ before your name, no matter what your area of study was.