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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2004-21, 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 18 June, 2021 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2021.

 

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Graduate


core definition

A graduate is someone who has successfully completed a higher education programme at least at bachelor degree level.


explanatory context

Graduate is a slightly confusing term because in some settings it refers to students who have completed and left an institution (and thus equivalent to alumnus) and in others students who are undertaking postgraduate study. Postgraduate study may be post-bachelor in some counties and thus include masters but may be post-masters in other countries.

 

In the UK, someone undertaking doctoral study, for example, would be referred to as a postgraduate, while in the US this would be a graduate student.

 

In some countries, students completing secondary school are also called graduates.


analytical review

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) (undated) defines graduate as:

Someone who has attained a bachelor's or higher degree.

 

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) (undated) defines graduate as:

A person who has attained a bachelor's or higher degree.

 

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) (2004) offer a similar definition:

A student who has successfully completed a Primary Degree at an institution of higher education.


The University of Canterbury
(undated) states:

A graduate is a person who has met the requirements for a degree and been awarded it....

Graduate qualifications normally involve study in an area other than the area of your first degree. They allow you to change subject areas and some prepare you for employment in a certain field, eg, journalism, teaching. Graduate qualifications include graduate certificates and diplomas.

The University of Canterbury (undated) newer version states:

Graduate and postgraduate:

A graduate is a person who has completed and been awarded a degree from university.

Postgraduate qualifications are for students who have already completed an undergraduate qualification (ie, graduates) and involve more advanced study in the area of your undergraduate qualification. They include honours degrees, master's degrees, postgraduate certificates and diplomas, and doctorates (such as a PhD).

Graduate qualifications normally involve study in an area other than the area of your first qualification. They allow you to change subject areas and some prepare you for employment in a certain field eg, teaching. They include graduate certificates and diplomas.

 


associated issues


related areas

See also

postgraduate

undergraduate


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, still available 3 January 2017, not available 20 June 2019.

Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), undated, Glossary, available at http://www.qaa.ac.uk/about-us/glossary?Category=G, accessed 3 January 2017, not available 20 June 2019.

University of Canterbury - Christchurch, New Zealand , undated, Key terms explained, available at https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/study/qualifications-and-courses/university-terms-explained/, accessed 31 August 2012, address subsequently changed and text modified, newer version accessed 26 June 2019.


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