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BSc, MSci, MA - what do they all stand for
01/09/2004, 07:21 PM
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BSc, MSci, MA - what do they all stand for
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01/09/2004, 07:22 PM
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RE: BSc, MSci, MA - what do they all stand for
Sorry, meant to ask what all these different degree names stand for.
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01/09/2004, 11:06 PM
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RE: BSc, MSci, MA - what do they all stand for
BSc = Baccalaureate in Science
MSci = Master in Science
MA = Master in Arts

There's a little technicality over the middle word...wehter MA is "Master of the Arts" or "Master in Arts"...tbh it's whatever you want it to be. Some people divide MSci = Master in science and MSc = Master Of Science. There is no real difference.

The important point to bare in mind is that an MA/MSci/MEng (Masters in Engineering) or whatever, masters are better than Baccalaureate!

Oxbridge give a BA to everyone, regardless of their subject, whereas others like to call theirs BSc and BA to make the difference clear between the two academic areas. It really doesn't matter in the end.
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02/09/2004, 07:27 PM
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RE: BSc, MSci, MA - what do they all stand for
Thank you very much! Smile
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07/09/2004, 03:59 PM
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RE: BSc, MSci, MA - what do they all stand for
Actually BSc means bachelor of science
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07/09/2004, 05:53 PM
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RE: BSc, MSci, MA - what do they all stand for
BSc - Bachelor of Science (3 year undergraduate course)
MSci - Master in Science (4 year undergraduate course - often called MMath, MEng, MPhys, MChem, MGeol etc - MSci is only really used by the University of London)
MSc - Master of Science (1 year post graduate course)
MA - Master of Arts (1/2 year post graduate course - or if you're an oxbridge graduate it's an honorary title you can recieve for surviving a BA (Bachelor of Arts) and living as a graduate for a certain length of time).

Undergraduate course lengths are different in scotland (were most students do a 4 year UG course and so undergraduate masters tend to be 5 years long (with the option for student with good A levels/higher to skip straight into the second year))
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08/09/2004, 04:58 PM
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RE: BSc, MSci, MA - what do they all stand for
Quote:Guest - 2004-09-07 3:59 PM

Actually BSc means bachelor of science

Baccalaureate is latin for Bachelor Wink
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09/09/2004, 02:33 PM
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Quote:Fluffy - 2004-09-08 4:58 PM

Baccalaureate is latin for Bachelor Wink

My dignity is maintained!
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11/08/2007, 10:29 AM
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Question RE: BSc, MSci, MA - what do they all stand for
So what about PhD? Do you need a MSc to do a PhD or is a BSc enough? Also, is a PhD a doctorate?
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24/02/2008, 02:12 PM
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RE: BSc, MSci, MA - what do they all stand for
Hi Sarah

Please read http://www.academic-support.co.uk/differ...egree.html for a detailed answer to your question.

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