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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 various characteristics. 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 full-time first-degree graduates from English higher education institutions (HEIs) to postgraduate (PG) level study, split by student and course characteristics 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 age and domicile of the graduating student population and the characteristic presented.

The first graph shows the transition rates of graduates between 2002-02 and 2013-14 to different levels of PG study by the characteristic, age and domicile selected. The number of years after graduation can also be changed using the dropdown above the graph.

The table below the graph gives transition rates of the selected population for 2009-10 graduates only, and presents the transition rates for one, three and five years after graduation, regardless of the ‘years to transition’ dropdown.

The final table gives one-year transition rates for 2013-14 graduates by the selected population and split by a second characteristic that can be selected from the dropdown.

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