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Overview of Bangladeshi diplomas

In the overview below you can find the level of Bangladeshi diplomas. You cannot derive any rights from it.

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Secondary School Certificate/Dakhil Certificate

  • Comparable to: a VMBO T diploma (NLQF 2/EQF 2).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 years.
  • Type of education: lower general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to upper general secondary education and to vocational secondary education (Diploma).

Higher Secondary Certificate (Business management)

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma level 3 (NLQF 3/EQF 3).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: upper general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations.

Diploma in Engineering

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma level 3 or 4 (NLQF 3-4/EQF 3-4).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to further study in higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations. A maximum of half a year of exemptions can be granted.

Higher Secondary Certificate

  • Comparable to: a HAVO diploma with vocational components (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: upper general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations.

Higher Secondary Certificate (humanities/sciences)/Alim Certificate

  • Comparable to: a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations.

Pass Bachelor (2 years)

  • Comparable to: a VWO diploma or 2 years HBO or 1 year WO (NLQF 4+ or 5/EQF 4 or 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.

Pass Bachelor (3 years)

  • Comparable to: 3 years HBO or 1 year WO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to masters in higher professional education (Degree College).

Honours Bachelor

  • Comparable to: an HBO bachelor's degree or 2 years WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to the university master.

Master of Science, M.Sc. (1 year after Honours Bachelor)

  • Comparable to: a WO bachelor's degree or an HBO master's degree (NLQF 6 or 7/EQF 6 or 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 year.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to the Master of Philosophy.

Master of Arts, M.A. (1 year after Honours Bachelor)

  • Comparable to: a WO bachelor's degree or an HBO master's degree (NLQF 6 or 7/EQF 6 or 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 year.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to the Master of Philosophy.

Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.)

  • Comparable to: a WO master's degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to doctorate programmes.

Master’s degree college

  • Comparable to: an HBO master's degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.