Very often I come across students (which students there, even a frequent acquaintance often confuses), who find it difficult to decipher the notes of the lecturer. So I decided to give a brief description of all the lecturer titles and dispel any myths and doubts.
It is important to know that there are two different things – the academic degree of the lecturer and his position. The first describes what (and how much) the lecturer studied, and the second describes what the lecturer is doing at the higher education institution. It is common to call intelligent people “professors”, but it is not a scientific degree but a position (like an accountant, director, etc.).
The degrees are as follows (starting from the lowest):
- Bachelor → Master → Doctor → Habilitated Doctor
- Those pursuing a degree are called:
- Undergraduate → Graduate student → Doctoral student
- The duties of the lecturer working mainly with students are as follows:
- Assistant → Lecturer → Assistant Professor → Professor
The duties of a teacher who rarely works with students and does most of the research are as follows:
- Junior Researcher → Researcher → Senior Researcher
As I mentioned, it is possible to determine from a scientific degree at least an approximate amount of time a person has spent studying. It usually takes 4 years for a university bachelor’s degree, 2 years for a master’s degree and at least 4 years for a doctorate. Job titles can also tell you a little about what a lecturer does. For example, assistants usually do not give theory lectures, and the higher the teaching position, the less likely it is to meet him in the first year. True, both the assistant and the professor really should not be angry if you simply call him “lecturer”. But if a freshman freshman forgets to call a “teacher”, you may not get an answer!