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Structure of Higher Education System


Higher education is offered in a variety of public and private institutions differing in history, mission, philosophy, and in programmes and structure. These institutions possess varying degrees of autonomy and can be divided into those which are founded and established in Jamaica, and those that are offshore institutions.

Stages of studies

University level first stage


The first stage of higher education leads to the Bachelor's degree or to a professional qualification. Bachelor's degrees normally take three years (four when part-time).

University level second stage


The second stage of higher education leads to higher degrees. The Master's degree requires two years' study and the submission of a thesis or a research paper (e.g. Master of Social Work). Medical specialization leading to a Master's degree is available in a range of specialties after four years of an approved internship.

University level third stage

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