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What is an Undergraduate?

What is an Undergraduate?

What is an undergraduate?

An undergraduate is the description given to a student who is undertaking a degree level academic course at a college or university. Following completion of the relevant examinations, you can enter a third level institution as an undergraduate student.   

What is an undergraduate course? 

An undergraduate course is typically three or four years’ duration. When you undertake an undergraduate degree you benefit by obtaining a comprehensive introduction to your chosen area of study in the first year. This foundation is built on in subsequent years, advancing your knowledge and, depending on the course content, you can gain practical skills that will be required in your future career.  

Some undergraduate students complete work placements as part of their degree programmes, this gives them excellent experience in their chosen industry and helps them make connections with prospective employers.  

Levels of study 

You can obtain an undergraduate degree (QQI Level 7) or an honours degree (Level 8).  

QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) is a state agency established by the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 with a board appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills. More information here.

What are the differences between Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses?

 

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

Duration

3 or 4 years

1 or 2 years

Level of grade awarded

QQI Level 7 or 8

QQI Level 9 and above

Admission requirements

Leaving Certificate (there may be minimum grade requirements) Portfolio Interview Varies depending on course requirements.

Undergraduate degree

Type of study

Full time, Part time, Online or In-class lectures, Blended Learning

Full time, Part time, Online or In-class lectures, Blended Learning

Programme structure

60 credits per year, 30 per semester. Modules are usually 5 or 10 credits.

60 credits per year, 30 per semester. Modules are usually 5 or 10 credits.

 

Undergraduate courses at Griffith College 

 Please view the many options for undergraduate study here: https://www.griffith.ie/find-a-course/undergraduate-courses