An academic qualification awarded by a university, of three main kinds. The first or bachelor’s degree is abbreviated to BSc in scientific disciplines such as arboriculture and forestry, and requires three or four years of full-time study. There are two postgraduate or higher degrees. The masters degree (MSc) and doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree require about one and three years of full-time study/research respectively.

This definition is abridged from A – Z of tree terms: A companion to British arboriculture.
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