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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2004-17, Analytic Quality Glossary, Quality Research International, http://www.qualityresearchinternational.com/glossary/

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 11 January, 2017 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2017.

 

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Undergraduate


core definition

Undergraduate is a student who is undertaking a first-level degree programme of study, normally a bachelor’s degree or equivalent.


explanatory context

When undergraduates complete the programme they become graduates. They may take further study, which in the UK and some other countries is known as postgraduate study, while in the US and other countries it is known as graduate study.


analytical review

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (undated), defines undergraduate as:

Student working towards a first degree, higher education certificate or diploma or equivalent.

Updated to the following accessed 31 December 2016:

Student working towards a first degree, foundation degree, higher education certificate or diploma or equivalent.


The Irish Higher Education Authority (2004) defines it as:

Undergraduate: Student at tertiary level enrolled in a course leading to a Bachelor's or primary degree, or a diploma.


The University of Canterbury (undated) states:

Undergraduate: The first degree you study towards at university is called an undergraduate degree, eg, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws. Certificates and diplomas are also undergraduate qualifications. An undergraduate student is one who is studying for for their first (bachelor’s) degree, or a certificate or diploma.


associated issues

 


related areas

See also

degree

graduate

postgraduate


Sources

Higher Education Authority (HEA) [of Ireland] 2004, Glossary http://www.hea.ie/index.cfm/page/sub/id/519, no longer available, 29 January 2011.

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE ), undated, Glossary, available at http://www.hefce.ac.uk/glossary/, accessed 27 August 2012, modified definition accessed 31 December 2016.

University of Canterbury - Christchurch, New Zealand , undated, Key terms explained, available at http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/courses/key_terms.shtml, accessed 29 January 2012, still available 11 January 2017.


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