Ms Buckley, who was murdered by Alexander Pacteau as she left a nightclub in Glasgow in April 2015, had moved there to study occupational therapy at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Her body was found days later on a farm north of Glasgow following an intensive search across the city for the missing 24-year-old from Mourneabbey, Co Cork.
In a statement to theGlasgow Caledonian University confirmed Ms Buckley was post- humously awarded the master’s during a conferring ceremony yesterday.
“On Tuesday, November 22, during GCU’s winter graduation ceremonies, Karen Buckley was awarded a posthumous Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (pre-registration). Her family have asked that her achievements can be celebrated privately,” the statement read.
Ms Buckley’s father, John, collected the master’s degree on behalf of his late daughter, according to people present at the ceremony.
“Karen Buckley’s dad collected her award and it was so hard not to cry,” Beth Mclardie tweeted.
Emma Thorpe, whose mother graduated during the same ceremony, also posted on Twitter that it was “heartbreaking” to see Mr Buckley collect his daughter’s degree.
More than 1,600 graduands from Glasgow Caledonian University will graduate at ceremonies held at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow this week.
In September 2015, Pacteau was sentenced to life in prison, to serve a minimum of 23 years, after pleading guilty to Ms Buckley’s murder. Glasgow High Court heard judge Rita Rae describe Pacteau as a “callous and calculating man” who told a “tissue of lies”, to the distress of the Buckley family.
Earlier this month, media in Scotland reported that Pacteau was moved from HM Prison Shotts in Lanarkshire to another prison in Kilmarnock because authorities believed he was at risk of attack by other inmates.