The Meaning of the Different Types of Bachelor Degrees

There are various different types of Bachelor’s degrees out there. But what do abbreviations such as B.Sc. or B.A. mean? This article gives an overview.

B.Sc. degree
The Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) is one kind of Bachelor degree and usually the first academic degree that is achieved at a university or other higher education institutions. The study duration of a Bachelor’s programme is usually three to four years.

B.A. degree
The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) is the most common among Bachelor degrees and also the first academic degree that is achieved at a university or other higher education institutions. It is mainly awarded to, but not limited to students following a programme in the liberal arts. Especially traditional universities such as Cambridge or Oxford award the Bachelor of Arts to all of their subjects, including the scientific ones.

LL.B. degree
The Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) is one kind of Bachelor degree and usually the first academic degree that is achieved at a university in the area of law sciences. The abbreviation LL.B. stands for Legum Baccalaureus where LL. is the latin abbreviation for laws. A consecutive Master’s programme in the law sciences is awarded a Master of Laws (LL. M.) accordingly.

B.Eng. degree
The Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng. or BE) is one kind of Bachelor degree and usually the first academic degree that is achieved after studying one of the engineering sciences.

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