Undergraduate Degrees

British Bachelors degrees: BA, BSc and more

A bachelors degree (sometimes known as an 'ordinary' or 'first' degree) is a course of academic study leading to a qualification such as a bachelor of arts (BA), or bachelor of science (BSc).

It usually takes three or four years to complete full time (normally four years if you're doing a sandwich course, which includes a year in industry or abroad). Bachelors degrees in some subjects can take longer; for example, medical courses usually take five or six years. You can also study for a bachelors degree part time or through flexible learning.

The qualification is designed to give you a thorough understanding of a subject. It helps you develop your analytical, intellectual and essay or dissertation writing skills. You'll also have much more of a say about the direction your learning takes than you've had previously.


The duration of a bachelors degrees can vary from three to four years, depending from the study programme and the subject.

American Bachelors degrees: BA, BS and more

The bachelor's degree is the most commonly awarded undergraduate degree in the U.S. and is required of students who seek to enter graduate-level programs.

The nature of the major (concentration) generally determines the specific title of the bachelor's degree. Majors in the humanities, social sciences, philosophy, religious studies, and interdisciplinary or cultural area studies frequently receive a Bachelor of Arts (B.A. or A.B.). Programs in mathematics, the physical sciences, engineering, and some professional fields may receive a B.A., a Bachelor of Science (B.S. or S.B.), or a degree with the specific name of the subject studied (such as a bachelor of business administration--B.B.A., or education--B.Ed, etc.). Selection of the degree name is done by the institution based on its academic policies.

Undergraduate studies in the United States are generally divided into two phases: a set of distributed general education course requirements that must be completed involving basic study in several subjects; and a concentrated program of study in one or more subjects.


Most bachelor's degree programs require 4 academic years of full-time study (120 credits).