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Overview of Iraqi diplomas

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

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Intermediate Baccalaureate – وثيقة مدرسية / المرحلة المتوسطة

  • Comparable to: approximately 2 years HAVO (NLQF 2/EQF 2).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: lower general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to upper general secondary education.

Secondary School Certificate/Vocational Baccalaureate – وثيقة مدرسية / الإعدادية المهنية

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma level 2 or 3 (NLQF 2-3/EQF 2-3).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: upper vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education.

Secondary School Certificate – وثيقة المرحلة الإعدادية / مدرسية

  • Comparable to: a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: upper general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education.

Technical Diploma –دبلوم فني

  • Comparable to: 2 years HBO or an associate degree (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the labour market.

Bachelor –البكالوريوس (technical institute)

  • Comparable to: an HBO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the labour market.

Bachelor –البكالوريوس (university/higher institute)

  • 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: access to further study in higher education (Master and Higher Diploma); for admission to master programmes the diploma must be obtained with good grades.

Bachelor – البكالوريوس in dentistry, pharmacology, architecture and veterinary medicine

  • Comparable to: a WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 years.
  • Type of education: research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study in higher education (Master and Higher Diploma); for admission to master programmes the diploma must be obtained with good grades.

Bachelor – البكالوريوس in medicine

  • Comparable to: 4 years WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 6 years.
  • Type of education: research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study in higher education (Master and Higher Diploma); for admission to master programmes the diploma must be obtained with good grades.

Higher Diploma – دبلوم عالي

  • Comparable to: a WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to university masters.

Master – الماجستير

  • Comparable to: a 1-year WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate programmes.