Stages of Higher Education in Iran
Stages of higher education:
- Associate Degree (Kardani)- 2 to 3 years
Description: Technical and vocational training universities train technicians for enhancing the link between universities and industry. Students sit for an entrance examination and follow a two-or three-year post-secondary course leading to the Associate Degree.
- University level first stage- Bachelor's degree (Karshenasi)- 4-5 years
Description: The Bachelor's degree is conferred after four to five years' study or two years after the Associate degree. The Bachelor's degree requires 130 to 140 credit units. The continuous Master degree is offered in Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine as well as in some other fields and requires the completion of 210-290 units and a dissertation.
- University level second stage- Master degree (Karshenasi Arshad)- 2 years
Description: The postgraduate qualification of Master's degree in Arts and Science is generally conferred after two years' study beyond the Bachelor's degree. Students must sit for an entrance examination, pass 13 general and 32 to 36 semester units. It is either by coursework or research (in this case, students must prepare a thesis (dissertation) and defend it successfully before the advisory committee).
- University level third stage: Doctorate- 4 years or more
Description: The Doctorate is offered at the professional level (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine) and is the level of a Ph.D. In Dentistry, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine, studies last for 6 years. Ph.D. programmes are divided into educational and research phases. The educational phase comprises a Master's degree and passing an entrance examination.
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Distance Higher Education: Distance education is provided for the most part by both public and private institutions. It is provided by Payame Noor University.
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