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    #21

    Re: Going back to university

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterCW View Post
    That is specifically American usage.

    In BrE "a degree" means a first (batchelor's) degree. Higher degrees would be "a masters" or "a doctorate".
    I'm very surprised you'd think so. I don't agree with that at all.

    Postgraduate degrees, doctorates, research degrees, etc., are all commonly referred to as 'degrees'. Aren't they?

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    #22

    Re: Going back to university

    If somebody tells me they have a degree in history, I take it they are talking of a BA. If they had a higher degree, they would normally be specific:

    I have a degree in English and French and a research master's in linguistics
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    Last edited by emsr2d2; 25-Sep-2020 at 21:09. Reason: Fixed typo
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    #23

    Re: Going back to university

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    If somebody tells me they have a degree in history, I take it they are talking of a BA. If they had a higher degree, they would normally be specific:

    I have a degree in English and French and a research master's in linguistics
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    So "a degree" usually refers to someone's first degree or "a BA". Right? As PeterCW said.

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    #24

    Re: Going back to university

    Right—with the emphasis on usually.

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    #25

    Re: Going back to university

    I've been thinking for a long time that it's:

    Bachelor's degree
    Master's degree
    PhD (doctorate)

    Is that wrong?
    Last edited by Tarheel; 02-Oct-2020 at 00:02. Reason: Fix error
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