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Graduates

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of students graduated from university with a degree in (a) chemistry, (b) mathematics, (c) physics and (d) engineering in (i) 1990, (ii) 1997, (iii) 2003 and (iv) the last year for which figures are available. (307329)

The latest available figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) are shown in the table. Figures for the 2008/09 academic year will be available in January.

Figures for 1990/91 academic year are not available; the earliest figures available are for the 1994/95 academic year which have been provided as an alternative.

Due to a change in the classification of subject and the way students are allocated in the 2002/03 academic year, earlier years are not directly comparable. This is demonstrated in the table by a break in the time series.

First degree qualifiers1 in chemistry, mathematics, physics and engineering UK higher education institutions. Academic years 1994/95, 1997/98, 2003/04 and 2007/08

Chemistry

Mathematics

Physics

Engineering

All subjects

Academic year

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

1994/952

4,110

2

3,435

1

2,480

1

19,805

8

237,795

100

1997/982

3,395

1

3,370

1

2,320

1

20,330

8

258,755

100

2003/04

2,735

1

4,655

2

2,180

1

17,755

6

292,090

100

2007/08

2,860

1

5,300

2

2,270

1

17,785

5

334,890

100

1 Cover qualifiers from all domiciles and modes of study.

2 Due to a change in the classification of subject and the way students are allocated in the 2002/03 academic year, earlier years are not directly comparable.

Note:

Figures are based on a qualifications obtained population and have been rounded to the nearest five.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).