Guidance on Post-Nominal Letters

Post-nominal initials or titles or are letters placed after the name of a person to indicate that the individual holds a particular position, qualification, accreditation, office or honour.

Post-nominal letters should be listed in the following order: 

  • Civil honours
  • Military honours
  • Appointments (e.g. MP, QC)
  • Higher Education awards (in ascending order, commencing with undergraduate)
  • Membership of academic or professional bodies

For example, Salim Al-Qahtani BSc DPS, PGCE

Elizabeth Stevenson BSc, MSc, PhD, FIMechE

Loughborough University awards should be abbreviated without full stops as follows:


Award LevelAward TypeAbbreviation

Foundation Degrees

Foundation Degree in Arts FdA
Foundation Degree in Engineering FdEng
Foundation Degree in Science FdSc

First Degrees

Bachelor of Arts BA
Bachelor of Education BEd
Bachelor of Engineering BEng
Bachelor of Library Studies BLS
Bachelor of Science BSc
Bachelor of Technology BTech
Master of Chemistry MChem
Master of Computer Science MComp
Master of Engineering MEng
Master of Mathematics MMath
Master of Physics MPhys
Master in Science MSci

First Degree Placement Year Awards

Diploma in Industrial Studies DIS
Diploma in International Studies DIntS
Diploma in Professional Studies DPS

Postgraduate Awards

Postgraduate Certificate PGCert
Postgraduate Diploma PGDip

Master's Degrees

Master of Arts MA
Master of Business Administration MBA
Master of Design MDes
Master of Philosophy MPhil
Master of Research MRes
Master of Science MSc


Doctor of Engineering EngD
Doctor of Philosophy PhD

Higher Doctorates

Doctor of Letters DLitt
Doctor of Science DSc
Doctor of Technology DTech
Doctor of the University DUniv