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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

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This page displays the proportion of students in postgraduate (PG) study – the ‘transition rate’ – one, three and five years after graduating, by subject area. Where students undertake more than one PG course in the time period, only their first PG course is included.

What do the charts show?

These graphs show transition rates of young, UK domiciled, full-time, first-degree graduates from English higher education institutions (HEIs) to postgraduate (PG) level study, broken down by undergraduate subject area for graduates between 2002-03 and 2013-14.

Transition rates for graduates’ first instance of PG study have been calculated for one year, three years and five years after graduation. Using the dropdown boxes at the top of the page, it is possible to change the undergraduate subject area and the transition period.

Subject areas are grouped into: agriculture and forestry; arts, humanities and social sciences; clinical subjects; modern foreign languages and STEM.

The first graph shows the transition rates of graduates between 2002-02 and 2013-14 to different levels of PG study by the undergraduate subject area selected.

The second graph gives transition rates for the selected subject area and transition period for 2009-10 graduates and provides detailed undergraduate subject areas.

Please note that all numbers are rounded to the nearest five and categories with fewer than 23 entrants have been suppressed.  

Page last updated 14 July 2016

  • PGT = postgraduate taught 

  • PGR = postgraduate research

  • OPG = other postgraduate