Postnominals

The order for postnominals is:

  • degrees, in the order

               bachelors’ degrees

               masters’ degrees

               doctorates

               postdoctoral

  • diplomas
  • certificates


Do not include a BSc for UT graduates if they also have the MSc

  • EXAMPLE:  Ms Samantha Clarke, MSc 
  • AVOID: Samantha Clarke BSc MSc PhD

Do not list both 'Dr' and 'PhD' with the name in reference to the same academic qualification

  • AVOID: Dr Tom Jones PhD
  • EXAMPLE: Tom Jones PhD
  • EXAMPLE: Dr Tom Jones 

Listing both is considered redundant, possibly misleading, and some would even argue it was in poor taste.


Translating academic titles into English - 'ir'

Native speakers of English are not familiar with the meaning of the title ir.  For that reason, the title ir is sometimes replaced by MSc (Master of Science). The title appears after the name, preceded by a comma.

  • EXAMPLE:  L. Oppenheimer, MSc

UT has chosen to also allow the title ir. in English texts

This decision enables the person concerned to indicate that they have completed this particular degree programme. Write the title in italics, to indicate that it is a foreign word. Put 'ir' in italics, that is, treat it as a foreign word in an English text. 

  • EXAMPLE: Dr ir L. Oppenheimer


Reference List

European Commission English Style Guide - A handbook for authors and translators in the European Commission Eighth edition: January 2016 Last updated: May 2018 "[PDF File]" Retrieved from https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/styleguide_english_dgt_en.pdf

University of Oxford Style Guide. "[PDF File]" Retrieved from https://www.ox.ac.uk/public-affairs/style-guide?wssl=