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The smallest degrees in higher education?

Get your pico degree here! The qualification everyone in the wonk community is talking about.
This article is more than 8 years old

Paul Greatrix is Registrar at The University of Nottingham, author and creator of Registrarism and a Contributing Editor of Wonkhe.

Picodegrees: they don’t get smaller than this.

Get your pico degree here! The qualification everyone in the wonk community is talking about.

Udacity offer nanodegrees like this:


This is Udacity stuff

Here we’ve gone one a thousand times better and are offering you the opportunity to pick up a fully certified* Wonkhe Picodegree in Wonkery:


Just by reading to the end of this piece and undertaking the comprehensive assessment you will qualify for an all new Wonkhe picodegree in higher education wonkery.

It should take you around 30 seconds to complete all of the reading

You can see the badge you will earn here.


And these very real qualifications are really stackable. Just 1,000 of these will earn you one of the prestigious nanodegrees so valued in the industry. Keep accumulating these and eventually you will have lots of those sought after badges. And none of that tedious studying at university nonsense to go through either.

That completes the work for this qualification.

wonkhe guide and girl scout badge
Other badges are available


Here’s the assessment

  1. Did you read the article above?
  2. Can you remember roughly what was in it?
  3. Are you sure?

If you answered yes to all of these questions then congratulations! You are a picodegree graduate!

It really is that easy.

Next week – we introduce femtodegrees. Blink and you will miss them.

*by us

10 responses to “The smallest degrees in higher education?

    1. yes, all you need to do is create an account, confirm the learning, blah, blah, blah, should only take a couple of hours and the badge is yours! (Or just copy the one above)

      1. Oh, and there was me hoping that I’d receive a nice package in the post just before Xmas with a diddly little badge

  1. I too was not able to answer Q3 correctly. I feel that I should be allowed a free ‘Deferred’ grade because:
    a. my budgie died recently and I was v attached to it.
    b. I have recently suffered a traumatic break-up from my paramour of at least two hours standing
    c. My fifteenth grannie passed away about six months ago.
    d. It took me 95 mins to drive in from the North of the CIty and I was flustered on arrival, due to the flooding of main arterial roads.
    e. My new EE’In-Car Wifi’ that Santa will be bringing me for Xmas has not arrived yet.
    f. I was traumatised (sic) by news of JISC being under attack and the thought of HEFCE not being around to run REF2020/21ish.

    Please select whichever of these excuses will work.

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