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Hefce report – Transitions into postgraduate study

Higher education funding council for England. Transitions into postgraduate study- Trends for one, three and five-year transition periods for 2002-03 to 2013-14 qualifiers. Higher education funding council for England, July 2016. Pages: 54

This report looks at transitions from first degree qualification from English higher education institutions (HEIs) to postgraduate study. It considers students’ first instance of postgraduate enrolment and looks at trends across one-year, three-year and five-year transition periods. Multiple instances of postgraduate study are also considered, focusing on the route taken to reach graduates’ highest level of postgraduate study.

Key findings from the report show that:
  • overall transition rates to postgraduate study have fallen over the last decade, although transition to taught postgraduate taught courses has seen a slight increase
  • disadvantaged students are less likely to undertake postgraduate study
  • black and minority ethnic students have higher transition rates to postgraduate taught courses
  • male graduates were more likely to progress into postgraduate research study than female graduates.
Hefce – Full report, Higher education funding council for England