One of the most important characteristics of the universities abroad is the variety of courses they offer. Also, the course structure, type and duration also differ from country to country. Hence, a student who wishes to get his/her degree from a foreign university must have a very clear idea about various types of courses in different countries and their duration. This will help them to have a better understanding about the time and money that need to be spent for each course. In this article, we attempt to look at the duration of various undergraduate and post graduate courses offered in different countries.

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The United Kingdom

The bachelor’s degrees here generally take three years of study and masters degrees one year. In sciences and engineering, integrated courses are offered that cover both undergraduate  and advanced degree levels leading to the degree of Master. Many UG programmes include an optional year in industry, which allows students to gain experience and earn money in a relevant business or organisation.

The United States

The UG education here consists of four years of study for all courses, except law and medicine that are not offered at the undergraduate level. A full-time master's degree programme is spread over two academic years. Part time courses average about 2 and a half to 3 years. 


Usually a bachelor’s course in Germany is of 3-4 years and Master’s of 2 years depending on full-time, part-time, semester-wise courses.


Most of the undergraduate courses offered at Australian universities are of 3 years duration other than engineering courses, which are of 4 years. Science and medical courses are of 5 years'  duration. The duration of post graduate courses varies between 1.5 years – 2 years.


Higher education scenario in Singapore is very simple, here a Bachelor degree is for 3-4 years while Master’s for 2 years depending on the programme. 

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