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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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This page displays the proportion of students taking a particular route to their highest level of PG study by various characteristics. It could be that the first course a student undertakes is at the highest level of PG they reach in the five year period. In this instance, they will be in one of the ‘direct’ groups.

What do the charts show?

The graph and table show transition rates of young, UK domiciled, full-time, first-degree graduates from English higher education institutions (HEIs) to their highest level of postgraduate (PG) study within five years of graduating, split by student and course characteristics for graduates between 2002-03 and 2009-10.

Postgraduate research is considered to be the highest level, followed by postgraduate taught and then other postgraduate. Transition rates have been calculated for each route of PG study five years after graduation. Graduates only making a single transition are included in ‘PGR direct’, ‘PGT direct’ or ‘OPG direct’, dependent on their level of study. Using the dropdown boxes at the top of the page, it is possible to change the highest level of PG reached and the selected characteristic.

The graph shows the transition rates of graduates between 2002-02 and 2009-10 via different routes to the level(s) of PG study selected from the dropdown and split by the selected characteristic.

The table below the graph gives transition rates for all PG study routes for the characteristic selected from the dropdown at the top of the page.

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

Page last updated 21 September 2016

  • PGT = postgraduate taught 

  • PGR = postgraduate research

  • OPG = other postgraduate