Second Cycle Programmes


Iceland - Master's studies

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Country: Iceland
Population (mln): 0,32
Official language/s: Icelandic
Time zone: UTC+1 Winter, UTC+2 Summer
Internet TLD: .is
Calling code: +354
Unemployment rate Sep 2011 (%): 6,8
Unemployment rate under 25 years Sep 2011 (%): N/A
Unemployment rate Sep 2012 (%): N/A
Unemployment rate under 25 years Sep 2012 (%): N/A
Population statistics 20-29 age group 2011 (%): 14,8
Country codes in education system: IS
Expected duration of education (years): 19,9

Postgraduate diplomas qualify the holder for a special office or profession and are conferred after one to two years' postgraduate study after the Bachelor's degree. The Candidatus degree (kandidatsgraad) qualifies the holder for a special office or profession. It is an academic/professional degree in the fields of theology, medicine, agricultural science, pharmacy, midwifery, law, psychology and dentistry.

The Candidatus programmes last from four to six years in one-tier programmes, but for one year after a Bachelor degree in agricultural science and two years after a Bachelor degree in midwifery and psychology. Master's degrees (M.A., M.S., M.Ed, M.L.; M.B.A., M.P.A., M.P.H.; M.Paed-meistaragrada) are awarded after one-and-a-half or two years' successful completion of post-graduate study in the fields of theology, health sciences, humanities, law, economics, business administration, social sciences, education, natural sciences, engineering, medicine, dentistry, nursing, fishery studies and environmental studies. A major thesis or research project usually constitutes a substantial part of the master programme.

Source: Eurydice,
Eurypedia - The European Encyclopedia on National Education Systems , Eurosta,, Agency for Science and Higher Education Croatia, Department of Education and Skills Irelan,  Ministry of Education and Culture - FINLAND

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