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"Doctorado" is a noun which is often translated as "doctorate", and "licenciatura" is a noun which is often translated as "degree". Learn more about the difference between "doctorado" and "licenciatura" below.
doctorado(
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (title of doctor)
a. doctorate
Conseguí el doctorado tras varios años escribiendo la tesis.I got my doctorate after several years writing my thesis.
b. PhD
Para optar a este puesto de trabajo tienes que tener el doctorado.You need a PhD to apply for this position.
2. (studies)
a. doctorate
Empecé el doctorado hace tres años y espero terminarlo el año que viene.I started my doctorate three years ago and hope to finish next year.
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licenciatura(
lee
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sehn
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syah
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (title)
a. degree
Obtuvo la licenciatura en negocios en 1999.He obtained his business degree in 1999.
2. (studies)
a. degree course
Estoy haciendo mi licenciatura en literatura.I'm doing my degree course in literature.
b. course of study
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Está cursando dos licenciaturas a la vez.She's doing two courses of study at the same time.
3. (ceremony)
a. graduation
Toda su familia asistió a su licenciatura.Her entire family attended her graduation.
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