Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Structure of Higher Education System
All higher education institutions, except medical institutions, are under the supervision of the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology. Medical universities are supervised by the Ministry of Health.From 1988, non-profit private universities were allowed to operate.
Stages of studies
University level first stage
Bachelor’s degree (Karshenasi); Continuous Master degree
The Bachelor’s degree is conferred after four to five years’ study or two years after the Associate degree. The Bachelor’s degree requires 130 to 140 credit units. The continuous Master degree is offered in Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine as well as in some other fields and requires the completion of 210-290 units and a dissertation.
University level second stage
Master degree (Karshenasi Arshad).
The postgraduate qualification of Master’s degree in Arts and Science is generally conferred after two years’ study beyond the Bachelor’s degree....