A diploma refers to a certificate awarded by an educational institute to prove that the recipient has completed a course of study.
An Undergraduate degree is undertaken after Secondary Education and before a Postgraduate Programme. To apply to a Bachelor’s Programme, the applicant must have completed Intermediate/HSSC or an equivalent qualification with 12 years of education. It may take two forms, an Associate Degree or a Bachelor’s Degree. A Bachelor’s Degree takes at least 3-4 years to finish while an Associate Degree may take up to 2 years. An Associate Degree helps students develop transferable skills and gain the basic academic knowledge necessary for further studies or to obtain employment
A Postgraduate Programme requires an Undergraduate Degree as a prerequisite for entry into the Programme. This may include a Postgraduate Diploma, a Master’s Degree, and/or a Ph.D. A Postgraduate Degree helps students move into academia, research, or specialise in a particular field of interest.