Analytic Quality Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2004-18, Analytic Quality Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 24 January, 2018 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2018.


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Primary degree

core definition

A primary degree is the first-level higher education qualification (often synonymous with a bachelor’s degree).

explanatory context


analytical review

In Ireland, primary degree is defined as:

The degree generally awarded after three or four years’ study at higher education level. First-degree courses in Architecture, Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry requires five or six years, while Medicine takes six years. (HEA, 2004)

associated issues


related areas

See also



Higher Education Authority (HEA) [of Ireland] 2004, Glossary, no longer available, 29 January 2011.

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