Students must have Bachelor degree or equivalent degree from any University / college, in order to be eligible for admission in Ukrainian Universities at Postgraduate level.
For entry to most postgraduate courses (MA /MSc), the minimum requirement is the Bachelor or equivalent degree with a minimum average score 40/100 or grade 3.0/5.0
For entry to our postgraduate research degrees (MPhil, PhD), the minimum requirement is the Masters or Equivalent degree.
Ukrainian higher education system
International students can study in universities, academies and institutions which have special licences to teach foreign students. The Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine controls the quality of educational services given to foreign students.
After four years of studying, a Bachelors degree is awarded, a specialist degree is awarded after five years (which is the most popular qualification) and a Masters degree is achieved after five-and-a-half to six years.
International students must complete a foundation year in which they will learn Russian or Ukrainian. However, some courses are available in English.
A wide range of courses are available, ranging from Medicine to Business Administration.
A list of courses which are available in English can be found at Courses offered for Studying in Ukraine and Study in Ukraine also has further details on available courses.
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Ukrainian Higher Education Qualifications
Higher education qualifications combine both academic and professional qualifications. This is a very important feature of Ukrainian higher education inherited from its Soviet past. The State Diploma serves as both an educational certificate and a professional licence. Employment is determined by a match between the state determination of the knowledge and skills required for different occupation levels and the state determination of levels of educational qualification. Hence is the correspondence between classification of educational qualification and that of the occupational structure, leading to the introduction of the term ‘educational-proficiency’ level.
The Law on Higher Education (2002) establishes the three-level structure of higher education: incomplete, basic, and complete educational levels with corresponding educational-proficiency levels of Junior Specialist, Bachelor, Specialist and Master.
Junior Specialist is an educational-proficiency level of higher education of a person who on the basis of complete secondary education has attained incomplete higher education, special skills and knowledgesufficient for discharging productive functions at a certain level of professional activity, stipulated for initial positions in a certain type of economic activity. The normative period of training makes 2.5–3 years.
Persons with basic secondary education may study in the educational and professional programs of junior specialist’s training, obtaining at the same time complete secondary education. Apply Now
Bachelor is an educational-proficiency level of higher education of a person who on the basis of completesecondary education has attained basic higher education, fundamental and special skills and knowledge, sufficient to cope with tasks and duties (work) at a certain level of professional activity (in economy, science, engineering, culture, arts, etc.). The normative period of training makes 4 years (240 ECTS credits).
Training specialists of the educational-proficiency level of Bachelor may be carried out according to the shortened programme of studies on the basis of the educational- proficiency level of Junior Specialist. Apply Now
Specialist is an educational-proficiency level of higher education of a person who on the basis of the educational-proficiency level of Bachelor has attained complete higher education, special skills and knowledge, sufficient to cope with tasks and duties (work) at a certain level of professional activity (in economy, science, engineering, culture, arts, etc.). The normative period of training makes 1 year (60 ECTS credits). Apply Now
Master is an educational-proficiency level of higher education of a person who has attained complete higher education, special skills and knowledge, sufficient to cope with professional tasks and duties (work) of innovative character at a certain level of professional activity (in engineering, business administration, pedagogics, arts, etc.).
Training specialists of the educational-proficiency level of Master may also be carried out on the basis of the educational-proficiency level of Specialist. The period of training makes typically 1–1.5 year (60-90 ECTS credits).
During his/her studies at the Master’s level, a student is required to write his/her final work on a selected subject and make its presentation, to be able to collect, analyse and summarize, synthesize and to communicate study and practical material; often knowledge of a foreign language is required.
Training specialists of the educational-proficiency level of Specialist and Master in such fields as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, teaching is carried out on the basis of complete secondary education within the period of 5–6 years (301-360 ECTS credits) (as is common in Western Europe for state registered professions). Apply Now
Doctoral degrees in Ukraine
At doctoral level Ukraine has a two-degree system. The first qualification is the Candidate of Sciences(scientific degree of Kandidat Nauk) which normally requires at least three years of study after the award of the Specialist or the Master diploma and is achieved by submitting and defending a thesis (dissertation), as well as following post-graduate studies (aspirantura) in the specialist field. The second qualification is the Doctor of Sciences (scientific degree of Doktor Nauk), the highest degree in Ukraine which is achieved by dissertation that must make an original contribution to a given field of learning, and after a period of further studies (doktorantura) following the award of Kandidat Nauk degree.
Doctoral study programmes (post-graduate course, aspirantura – for Kandidat Nauk degree and doctoral course, doktorantura – for Doktor Nauk degree) can be opened in higher education institutions of the third and fourth levels of accreditation or in research institutes and their branches.
The two doctoral degrees can be earned in two ways: as a result of studies in aspirantura and doktorantura or independently. The public defense of the dissertation is held in the form of a public presentation and scientific debates.
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