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EDUCATION SYSTEM

Higher education structure of Ukraine

ComponentLevelDegree, qualification or education levelScope of the program (ECTS1 credits), period of studyNational qualification framework6
Pre-school education
Complete general secondary education Primary education - 4 years 1 level
Basic secondary education - 5 years 2 level
Profile (field-specific) secondary education - 3 years2 3 level
Out-of-school education - - 1-3 level
Specialized education
Vocational (Vocational-Technical) Education and Training3 1st (initial) VET level Working qualification; Qualified worker; Junior Specialist Regulated by standards of professional (vocational) education 2 level
2nd (initial) VET level 3 level
3rd (upper) VET level 4-5 level
Professional prehigher education3 Professional prehigher educationProfessional Junior BachelorEducational-professional program: 240 credits based on basic secondary education; 120-180 credits based on complete general secondary education (field-specific secondary education) 5 level
Higher education Initial level (short cycle) of higher education Junior Bachelor4 Educational and professional program – 120 credits 5 level
The first (Bachelor) level of higher education Bachelor Educational and professional program – 180-240 credits 6 level
The second (Master) level of higher education Master Educational and professional program – 90-120 credits 7 level
Educational and scientific program – 120 credits (scientific component - not less than 30%)
Master of Medical, Pharmaceutical or Veterinary field5 Educational program – 300-360 credits
The third (educational and research /educational and creative) level of higher education Doctor of Philosophy Preparation in aspirantura (adjuncture) – 4 years, educational component of the educational and scientific program – 30-60 credits 8 level
Doctor of Fine Arts Preparation in creative aspirantura – 3 years, educational component of the educational and creative program – 30-60 credits
Adult education, including postgraduate education Partial qualifications -

1 – European Credit Transfer System

2 – In accordance with the Law of Ukraine “On Education” (items 3-4 item 3 section ХІІ) learning the pupils on twelve-year full-time secondary education programs begins:

For primary education is from September 1, 2018;

For basic secondary education is from September 1, 2022;

For profile secondary education is from September 1, 2027.

By 2027 the introduction of educational programs of a three-year profile school is possible by the decision of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine

3 – Programs can be integrated with profile secondary education programs

4 – A Diploma on higher education of the educational qualification level of Junior Specialist (primary higher education) equals to a Diploma on higher education of an educational and professional degree of Junior Bachelor's degree. The last admission for obtaining higher education at the educational qualification level of Junior Specialist is conducted in 2019

5 – Training for Master's degree in Medical, Pharmaceutical or Veterinary fields on the basis of complete general secondary education or the educational qualification level of Junior Specialist is considered simultaneously as obtaining the Bachelor's and Master's degrees (integrated programs)

6– National qualification framework: http://zakon0.rada.gov.ua/laws/show/1341-2011-%D0%BF#n37

Reforming the education system

The educational system of Ukraine is under active reformation. In 2014 with the adoption of the Law of Ukraine "On Higher Education" from 01.07.2014 № 1556-VII there have been changes in the structure of higher education. The structure gradually deduces the educational qualification levels of the junior specialist and specialist, as well as the scientific degree of the candidate of sciences.

In September, 2017 the Law of Ukraine "On Education" was adopted and it came into force on 09/28/2017. This law, in particular, provides for changes in the system of complete secondary education and professional (vocational) education. Also, laws on general secondary education and vocational education are expected to be changed.

After 30.03.2021 Doctor of Sciences` degree is not included in the system of higher education of Ukraine. The awarding of the Doctor of Sciences` degree is regulated by the Law on Scientific and Scientific-technical Activities.

Correlation between the degrees in new structure and the previous ones

(according to the Law of Ukraine “On Higher Education” from 01.07.2014)

Junior Specialist DiplomaJunior Bachelor Diploma
Specialist DiplomaMaster Diploma
Candidate of Science DiplomaPhD Diploma


Updated: November, 2021.

HIGHER EDUCATION STRUCTURE

According to the Law of Ukraine «On Higher Education» from 01.07.2014 № 1556-VII

Higher education levels Higher education degrees (document on higher education /scientific degree) Document on previous education, which provides access Standard study period (years) and load (ECTS credits1) Academic rights National qualification framework2 EHEA cycles3
Initial level (short cycle) Junior Bachelor (Junior Bachelor diploma) Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Atestat) Educational and professional program – 120 credits The right to obtain a Bachelor's degree 5 level Short cycle of І cycle
Junior Specialist diploma, Professional Junior Bachelor diploma The volume of the educational and professional program is determined by the institution of education
The first (Bachelor) level Bachelor (Bachelor diploma) Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Atestat) Educational and professional program – 180-240 credits The right to obtain a Master's degree 6 level І cycle
Junior Bachelor diploma, Junior Specialist diploma, Professional Junior Bachelor diploma The volume of the educational and professional program is determined by the institution of education
The second (Master) level Master (Master diploma) Bachelor Diploma Educational and professional program – 90-120 credits The right to obtain Doctor of Philosophy/Doctor of Arts 7 level ІІ cycle
Educational and scientific program – 120 credits (research (scientific) component - not less than 30%)
Master of Medical, Pharmaceutical or Veterinary field (Master diploma) Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Atestat) Educational program – 300-360 credits І-ІІ cycle
Diploma of Junior Specialist, Professional Junior Bachelor diploma The volume of educational program is determined by the educational institution
The third (educational and research/educational and creative) level Doctor of Philosophy (Doctor of Philosophy diploma) Master Diploma Preparation in aspirantura (adjuncture) is 4 years, educational component of the educational and scientific program – 30-60 credits The right to obtain a doctoral degree 8 level ІІІ cycle
Doctor of Art (Doctor of Art diploma) Preparation in creative aspirantura – 3 years, educational component of educational and creative program – 30-60 credits -

1 – ECTS – European Credit Transfer System. 1 credit ECTS = 30 academic hours. One year full-time study load equals approximately to 60 credits ECTS

26– National qualification framework: http://zakon0.rada.gov.ua/laws/show/1341-2011-%D0%BF#n37

3 – EHEA – European Higher Education Area.

HIGHER EDUCATION LEVELS DURING TRANSITION PERIOD

The last submission:

- for obtaining an educational qualification level of a Specialist was conducted in 2016;

- for obtaining higher education at the educational qualification level of a Junior Specialist is conducted in 2019;

- preparation of Candidates and Doctors of Sciences, for the programs, begun before September 1, 2016, is continued within the stipulated terms. The diploma of the Candidate and Doctor of Sciences is issued by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine until December 31, 2020. This period may be extended for academic or social leave, military service or long-term illness.

After 30.03.2021 Doctor of Sciences` degree is not included in the system of higher education of Ukraine. The awarding of the Doctor of Sciences` degree is regulated by the Law on Scientific and Scientific-technical Activities.

Transitional period

4 – Higher educational institutions have the right to admit persons to the first (with a shorter term) or the second year (with a normative term of study for vacant places), for obtaining an educational qualification level of a Junior Specialist on condition of admission to a related specialty.

Correlation between the degrees in new structure and the previous ones

(according to the Law of Ukraine “On Higher Education” from 01.07.2014)

Junior Specialist DiplomaJunior Bachelor Diploma
Specialist DiplomaMaster Diploma
Candidate of Science DiplomaPhD Diploma

SERVICES AND CONTACT INFORMATION

You may contact a specialist of the National Information Center of Academic Mobility and receive information and explanations regarding the system of education in Ukraine at:

26/41 Pavlovska St, Kyiv, 01135 , Ukraine
Tel.: +38 044 484 64 25
E-mail: info@enic.in.ua
http://www.enic.in.ua

Other organizational units of the Center:

Apostilization of Ukrainian education-confirming documents:
Tel.: +38 066 678 36 09; +38 068 135 36 58;
E-mail: centre@apostille.in.ua
http://www.apostille.in.ua

Recognition (nostrification) of foreign education-confirming documents:
Tel.: +38 067 396 65 76; +38 068 268 34 56; +38 050 957 45 75
E-mail: centre@naric.in.ua
http://www.naric.in.ua