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Postgraduate Education: Social Class

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what percentage of postgraduates were from socioeconomic classes four to seven in each of the last 10 years, broken down by subject. (149033)

The latest information for enrolments on postgraduate courses by subject of study are given in the tables. A new classification for recording subject of study was introduced in 2002-03 and so figures from 2002-03 onwards are not comparable to earlier years.

Figures for postgraduate enrolments by social class are not available.

Number of UK domiciled postgraduate enrolments at higher education institutions in England (excluding the Open University) by subject of study, 1995/96 to 2001/02

Subject of study

1995/96

1996/97

1997/98

1998/99

1999/2000

2000/01

2001/02

Medicine and dentistry

6,220

7,075

7,230

7,410

7,670

7,855

8,165

Subjects allied to medicine

10,070

11,040

12,130

13,605

14,195

15,600

17,615

Biological sciences

8,445

9,320

9,485

9,965

10,330

10,540

10,765

Veterinary sciences

240

305

250

255

245

230

260

Agriculture and related

785

805

895

970

1,015

1,225

1,370

Physical sciences

9,740

9,610

8,790

8,575

8,355

8,080

8,135

Mathematical sciences

2,210

2,020

1,815

1,635

1,740

1,790

2,115

Computer sciences

6,600

7,010

7,455

8,380

8,825

9,075

9,090

Engineering and technology

12,555

12,185

12,205

12,385

11,245

12,715

12,840

Architecture, building and planning

6,540

7,185

6,755

6,985

6,355

6,360

6,765

Social economic and political studies

17,505

18,070

17,875

18,425

17,845

17,790

18,180

Law

7,930

7,820

8,410

8,690

9,140

10,190

10,840

Business and administrative studies

34,110

37,415

38,450

38,540

38,740

37,365

37,605

Librarianship and information science

2,665

2,960

3,075

3,220

3,530

3,855

3,920

Languages

5,870

5,990

5,945

5,945

6,105

5,830

6,045

Humanities

6,970

7,525

7,695

8,065

7,880

7,900

8,080

Creative arts and design

5,560

6,080

6,315

6,355

6,710

6,780

6,840

Education

46,310

47,895

48,625

48,885

48,220

51,585

54,660

Combined

3,230

3,200

3,355

3,700

3,925

4,200

4,515

Total

193,550

203,525

206,750

211,985

212,065

218,970

227,800

Note:

Figures are on a snapshot basis as at 1 December excluding those writing up, on sabbatical or dormant. Students from the Open University are also excluded from the analysis.

Figures are rounded to the nearest 5.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) student record

Number of UK domiciled postgraduate enrolments at higher education institutions in England (excluding the Open University) by subject of study, 2002/03 to 2005/06

Subject of study

2002/03

2003/04

2004/05

2005/06

Medicine and dentistry

7,955

8,040

8,355

8,515

Subjects allied to medicine

19,240

21,940

23,880

24,520

Biological sciences

13,240

13,790

14,200

14,625

Veterinary sciences

235

270

285

340

Agriculture and related sciences

1,470

1,310

1,175

1,085

Physical sciences

8,165

8,275

7,940

7,930

Mathematical sciences

2,060

2,540

2,095

2,125

Computer sciences

8,625

7,855

6,905

6,055

Engineering and technology

11,985

11,285

11,235

10,520

Architecture, building and planning

6,775

6,840

6,965

7,715

Social sciences

17,490

18,145

17,940

18,500

Law

12,320

12,275

12,075

11,895

Business and administrative studies

40,305

37,585

36,565

35,375

Mass communications and documentation

3,805

3,790

3,740

3,740

Languages

6,555

6,765

6,380

6,300

Historical and philosophical studies

8,295

8,395

7,855

7,880

Creative arts and design

7,295

7,600

7,560

7,735

Education

57,710

61,340

64,020

66,235

Combined

780

830

615

640

Total

234,315

238,875

239,790

241,730

Note:

Figures are on a snapshot basis as at 1 December excluding those writing up, on sabbatical or dormant. Students from the Open University are also excluded from the analysis.

Figures are rounded to the nearest 5.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) student record