Formatting post-nominal qualifications
The letters following a name are known as post-nominals and can include honours, qualifications, fellowships, and memberships—Dr Joan de Wik, PhD(Geophys) UWA, FAusIMM, for example. The form, order, and punctuation of post-nominals are governed by a precise set of rules.
You’ll find the full set of rules at Post-nominals.
In particular, do not use periods or spaces in individual abbreviations of honours, degrees, and fellowships. Each category of post-nominal is separated with a comma. Individual qualifications within a category are separated with spaces. Do not enclose the name of the institute with parentheses—they are often used to show a discipline or other qualifiers, for example BE(Mech) and BSc(Hons).
You’ll find more examples and a comprehensive list of standard abbreviations for degrees, disciplines, and majors in the style guide (see link above).
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