Postgraduate Studies

Postgraduate education involves learning and studying for degrees or other qualifications for which a first or Bachelor's degree generally is required, and is normally considered to be part of tertiary or higher education.

The organisation and structure of postgraduate education varies in institutions within Kurdistan region. Many postgraduate courses contain both taught and research elements. You can often tailor degrees to fit your specific needs in following qualifications.

Postgraduate High Diplomas studies are almost always taught course qualifications. They usually follow the same programme as a Masters degree but are assessed only by exam, without a disertation.

Masters degrees are usually awarded for one year’s study and are assessed by exam and a short thesis. A thesis is a document submitted in support of candidature for a degree or professional qualification presenting the author's research and findings. Masters degrees in Kurdistan region can consist of both taught and research elements.

MPhil is a two or more years’ research programme ending in a dissertation or thesis of 50,000-70,000 words. Many institutions in Kurdistan region allow successful MPhil students to convert directly to the second year of a PhD course after their first year.

Doctorates take three or more years of independent study and research. Almost all Doctorates are completed purely by research, ending in a dissertation or thesis of 70,000-100,000 words (shorter in science).