from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or pursuing advanced study after graduation from high school or college.
  • n. One who is engaged in postgraduate study.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person continuing to study in a field after having successfully completed a degree course.
  • adj. Those studies which take place after having successfully completed a degree course.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or designating, the studies pursued after graduation, esp., after receiving the bachelor's degree at a college; graduate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Belonging or relating to or prosecuting a course of study pursued after graduation: as, postgraduate lectures; a postgraduate course of study; a postgraduate student.
  • n. A graduate; one studying after graduation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to studies beyond a bachelor's degree
  • n. a student who continues studies after graduation


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  • Because postgraduate is so often used interchangeably with graduate, it would be unrealistic to insist that the two must be different and that postgraduate means what you and I think it does (what it should!).

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  • But postgraduate is actually better established than these pre - words.

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  • I also recall my visits to the ranch in the years of 1958 and 1959, a postgraduate from the Soviet Union, a Jack London student of Moscow State University and UC-Berkeley, together with Vice-Chancellor of the University James Hart and famous literary scholar Franklin Walker.


  • It is possible to register as a one-year or one-term postgraduate student not reading for a degree.

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  • Baudrillard reminds me of a very dark period in my life called my postgraduate year.

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  • It is important to note that in the past school term, 1,506 teachers took some kind of postgraduate course.


  • Here we saw the Bishop and a number of novice priests receiving instruction, taking, I imagine, a kind of postgraduate course.

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  • The key voting block that put Obama over the top is the block of voters with "postgraduate" education.


  • Mr. Kaufman has no MBA, but he does have a business education from a program at his university described as "essentially an MBA at the undergraduate level"—presumably sans the fraudulent bits they do at postgraduate school.

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  • If you can stand the heat, there's so much to like here: the opportunity to workshop with creative writing doctoral students, the presence of one of the nation's most competitive postgraduate fellowship programs, a stellar faculty, a stand-out focus on international issues and public service, and full funding for all for three years.

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