Female students enrolled in science programs in steady increase

62 percent of enrollment in postgraduate research programs was done in science subjects, according to HESA’s annual report.

Overall, exactly 2,317,880 enrollments in the postgraduate level were done in 2016/17, a 1.6 percent increase compared to 2,280,830 enrollments in 2015/16.

23 percent or 551,595 out of the total number of enrollments were in postgraduate level. Research postgraduate programs accounted for 20 percent or 112,520 enrollments, which marks a decrease of 0.5 percent compared to 113,575 a year ago.

Let’s take a look at research program enrollments.

62 percent of enrollment in this postgraduate level was done in science subjects or 69,925 to be more accurate. If we compare this with the previous academic year we note a slight increase by 0.5 percent when 69,520 enrollments in science programs were recorded.

15,230 postgraduate students enrolled in Biological Sciences research programs most than in any other science subject. Engineering & Technology (14,150) and Physical sciences (12,750) topped three most preferred study fields of research postgraduate students in 2016/17.

During the same academic year, only two science subjects accounted for less than a million enrollments: Agriculture & related subjects (885) and veterinary science (305).

In terms of gender, it can be inferred that stereotypes are not stopping women to get a degree in science subjects. In 2016/17 male accounted for 7,505 more enrollments than female candidates. This difference is getting smaller year after year; 8,260 in 2015/16 and 8,510 in 2014/15.

Enrollments by female candidates surpass male enrollments in Biological Sciences which we said it was the subject who accounted for most enrollments in postgraduate research programs.