Most men complete a degree in science
About 30 per cent of all men completing a tertiary degree during the academic year 2010/2011 completed in the field of natural sciences, vocational and technical subjects - or science. Among women, 8 per cent completed a degree in science.
More than 15 100 degrees were completed by men in universities and colleges during the academic year 2010/2011, and 30 per cent - or 4 500 - completed a degree in science. Approximately 24 100 degrees were successfully completed by women, and 8 per cent (2 000) of these were in the field of science. The highest proportion of women completed a degree in health, welfare and sport, at 31 per cent.
A rise in completed tertiary degrees
More than 39 200 tertiary degrees were completed during the academic year 2010/2011 in Norwegian tertiary institutions - an increase of almost 2 500 from the previous year. Both undergraduate and graduate degrees accounted for almost 1 250 each, and the universities accounted for close to 80 per cent of this increase or 1 950 degrees. A total of 1 298 doctoral degrees were awarded in Norwegian tertiary institutions during 2010/2011; an increase of almost 100 compared with 2009/2010.
Undergraduate degrees in tertiary education include programmes of four years or less, but also at least two years.
Graduate degrees have a cumulative duration of more than four years, but doctoral degrees are not included.
High proportion of immigrants among awarded doctorates
Notably, the proportion of immigrant students awarded doctorates is rather high. In 2010/2011, immigrants accounted for 25 per cent of all doctorates awarded. This proportion may continue to pick up as more updated figures from NIFU show that non-Norwegian citizens make up 33 per cent of all doctorates awarded in 2011. The low number of Norwegian-born to immigrant parents awarded doctorates is explained by the very few who have reached the age for when it is common to complete a doctorate in Norway.
Slightly more than 30 per cent of the 106 who completed a Master of Pharmacy were completed by immigrants. Immigrants accounted for 13 per cent of students who completed a Master of Odontology. Within the 4-year degree programme in General teacher training, only 2 per cent of all degrees were completed by immigrants.
For Norwegian-born to immigrant parents a similar pattern appears. Almost 6 per cent of Master’s degrees in Pharmacy were completed by Norwegian-born to immigrant parents and 5 per cent among Master’s degrees in Odontology. In all other selected programmes, the proportion of Norwegian-born to immigrant parents was much lower.
Completed degrees and immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents
The number of tertiary degrees completed by immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents by selected programmes in 2010/11 is low, and proportions are sensitive to even small changes.
1 Doctoral degrees are not included.
- Table 1 Graduations in tertiary education in Norway, by sex, level of degree and type of institution. 2000/01, 2009/10 and 2010/11
- Table 2 Graduations in tertiary education in Norway, by sex, level of degree and field of education. 2000/01, 2009/10 and 2010/11
- Table 3 Graduations in tertiary education in Norway, by immigration category, sex and field of education. 2010/11. Absolute figures and per cent
- Table 4 Graduations in tertiary education in Norway, by sex, level and age 2000/01, 2009/10 and 2010/11
- Table 5 Graduations in Norway, by sex, level and parents´ level of education 2000/01, 2009/10 and 2010/11
- Table 6 Graduations in tertiary education in Norway, by immigration category, sex, study duration and selected programmes. 2010/11. Per cent.