Diploma Programs

Diploma Programs

Diploma and certificate programs are shorter programs of higher education offered at universities and other institutions of higher education around the world. Diploma studies often last one to two years.

Please note the locations shown below are for all locations of an institute. A particular institute may not offer the program you are looking for in all of their campus locations.
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Accademia del Lusso School of Fashion & Design Milan
AFDA The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance Multiple (5)
Alain Ducasse Education Multiple (3)
Albright College Pennsylvania
Arcadia University Philadelphia
ArtEZ Institute of the Arts Multiple (4)
Ashworth University Atlanta
Askham Bryan College York
Association for International Arbitration Multiple (2)
Barcelona Technology School Barcelona
BAU Escola Superior de Disseny Barcelona
Bay State University Boston
Beijing University of Chemical Technology - BUCT Beijing
Bentley University Boston
Berk Trade and Business School New York
BHC School of Design Cape Town
Bond University Gold Coast
Briarcliffe College New York
British Institute of Technology and E-commerce London
Business Academy Aarhus Aarhus
Business School Lausanne Lausanne
Cabrini College Philadelphia
Canterbury College Canterbury
Cape Town College of Fashion Design Cape Town
Capella University United States of America
Cedar Crest College Pennsylvania
Centennial College Toronto
Cesar Ritz Colleges Switzerland Multiple (3)
Charles Darwin University Multiple (4)
Charter Oak State College Connecticut
Chestnut Hill College Philadelphia
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia
CIES (International Centre for Sport Studies) Multiple (13)
Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland Lucerne
Curry College Boston
Cyprus Institute of Marketing Ltd (BVI) Nicosia
Dania Academy of Higher Education Multiple (2)
Delaware Valley College Philadelphia
DeSales University Pennsylvania
DeVry University United States of America
Dublin City University Dublin
Dublin Institute of Technology Dublin
Ducasse Education Multiple (2)
East Stroudsburg University Pennsylvania
Eastern University Philadelphia
Edgewater College Drogheda
EDHEC Business School Multiple (5)
EDUSPORT USA Multiple (2)
EF - Education First Multiple (10)
EIDE - Escuelas Internacionales para la Educación y el Desarrollo Multiple (2)
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Diploma and certificate qualifications are awarded in most disciplines. They are more common in some countries than in others, and may also have different names, such as Diploma of Higher Education, HND or HNC in the UK and Association Degree in the United States, Canada and Australia.

Postgraduate Diplomas

Although most diploma programs and courses are offered at undergraduate level, some are offered as a postgraduate complement to a previous bachelor degree. Such examples exist especially within education, where it is common to take a year of study to convert your bachelor degree into a teaching qualification for primary or secondary school. These are available in the UK and most of the commonwealth countries.

Undergraduate Diplomas

There are two main types of diplomas offered at undergraduate level. They have different names depending on where you study, but the basics are the same.

Vocational Diplomas

Vocational degrees are often offered at non-university institutions such as colleges or private higher education providers. These courses have a very practical focus, and aim to prepare students for direct entry into a future career. Such courses can be found within everything from IT to health and social care, performing arts or business and hospitality management.

Examples of vocational diplomas are: the HND (Higher National Diploma) and HNC (Higher National Certificate) in the UK and the VET in Australia.

Diploma of Higher Education / Associate Degree

The Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) in the UK is roughly equivalent to the Associate degree awarded in the US system. These consist of two years of full time study at university or another equivalent institution of higher education. Often such a diploma can be completed with a further year of study to obtain a bachelor degree.


Certificate study is offered at both university and non-university institutions of higher education. These last for only one year and are offered in a wide variety of fields and at both university and non-university institutions. A certificate can often be completed with a further year of study to award a diploma within the same field.