High percentage of international new entrants in 2015

There is a large number of international students at third-cycle level and programmes in Swedish higher education. In 2015, 38 per cent of the new third-cycle entrants were international, according to new statistics from UKÄ (Swedish Higher Education Authority).

In 2015 the number of new entrants to third-cycle courses and programmes amounted to 2,990. This is a slight decrease compared to the previous year.

According to the new statistical report Third-cycle students and third-cycle qualifications 2015, 1,140 of the new third-cycle entrants were international.

Most new international third-cycle entrants within science

Approximately 380 of the 1,140 international new third-cycle entrants in 2015 studied science. In technology, the number was 320. The third largest research field among international new third-cycle entrants was medicine and health sciences (240). In science and technology, international students made up more than half of new third-cycle entrants.

Of the international new entrants to third-cycle courses and programmes, 40 per cent were women and 60 per cent were men.

Slight decrease in number of new entrants to third cycle courses and programmes

In 2015 the number of new entrants to third-cycle courses and programmes amounted to 2 990, a figure that was 200 less than the previous year.

Information on new entrants to third-cycle courses and programmes is revised every year because of delays in reporting from the higher education institutions (HEIs). It is very probable that the number for 2015 will increase after the revision. The number of new entrants to third-cycle courses and programmes in 2014 was revised and some 80 new students were added.

The number of men was 1 590 and the number of women was 1 390 among the new entrants. The percentage of women was 47 percent and the percentage of men was 53 percent. Over the last ten years, about half of the new entrants to third-cycle have been women. At the start of the 1990’s about one third of the students were women.

The median age for new entrants to third-cycle courses and programmes in 2015 was 29 years. The median age was 30 years for women and 28 years for men.

The largest number of new entrants at Lund University

Among the 29 HEIs, the number of new entrants to third-cycle courses and programmes was the highest at Lund University, with approximately 420. More than 300 new entrants were to be found at Karolinska Institutet (390), and Uppsala University (320).

Decrease in third-cycle students

During autumn 2015 the number of active third-cycle students was 18 440, divided into 8 690 women and 9 750 men. The number of women declined by 500 and the number of men by 400, compared to autumn 2014.

Like the figures for new entrants to third-cycle courses and programmes, the number of third-cycle students is revised each year due to delays in reporting. The number of third-cycle students 2015 will be more than 18 440. The number of third-cycle students in 2014 was revised and about 370 students were added.

Doctoral studentship most frequent

Of the 18 440 active third-cycle students in autumn 2015, 58 percent were engaged in full-time studies. The most frequent source of funding was doctoral studentships. Two thirds of the third-cycle students have doctoral studentships, among both women and men.

Number of PhDs unchanged

In 2015, the number of PhDs awarded was 2 840, which is the same as in 2014. The number of PhDs has nearly doubled in the last 20 years, from 1 520 in 1995.

1 330 of the doctoral students awarded PhDs in 2015 were women and 1 500 were men.

Decrease in number of licentiate degrees

The number of licentiate degrees awarded in 2015 totalled 720, which was 120 less than the year before. The gender balance was 280 women (39 percent) and 440 men (63 percent).

Student completion rates

The share of new entrants to third-cycle level in 2010 who had been awarded a PhD within five years was 47 percent. This is 4 percentage points more than among those who were new entrants in 2000.

High percentage of international new entrants to third-cycle courses and programmes

There is a large number of international students at third-cycle level and in 2015 1 140 of the new third cycle entrants were international. The largest number of international new entrants to third-cycle courses and programmes in 2015 were studying at the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (180 students). More than 100 international new entrants studied at Lund University, Karolinska Institutet, Uppsala University, Chalmers University of Technology and Stockholm University.

Of the international new entrants to third-cycle courses and programmes, 40 percent were women and 60 percent were men.

Of the doctoral students awarded PhDs in 2015, 36 percent were international. 37 percent of the international student who were awarded PhDs in 2015 were women and 63 percent were men.