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A postgraduate certificate (PGCert, PgCert, PG Cert, PGC, PgC) generally is the credential awarded to an individual upon completion of a higher education postgraduate program designed to provide students with specialized knowledge that is at the master's level but less extensive than a postgraduate diploma or master's degree.
Although requirements vary depending on the program, a certificate program represents a focused collection of courses that, when completed, affords the student a record of academic accomplishment in a given discipline or set of related disciplines and is normally 225 contact hours or 60 credits. The standard entry requirement is a UK honours degree or an equivalent foreign qualification.
Like a postgraduate diploma, it is standard practice to use 'PgCert' or 'PgC' as a post-nominal designation after completing the certificate course.
When awarded for teaching it is known as a postgraduate certificate in education or PGCE.
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