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Executive summary


1.This report provides projected qualification rates for students starting full-time postgraduate research degree programmes at higher education institutions (HEIs) in England in 2010-11. Updates to the rates for 2008-09 and 2009-10 starters originally published in 2012, are also provided.

Key points

2. This report follows the 2012 publication ‘Rates of qualification from postgraduate research degrees: Projected outcomes of full-time students starting postgraduate research degrees in 2008-09 and 2009-10’ (HEFCE 2012/10). The tables accompanying the current publication provide qualification rates for the most recent cohort presently available, on a similar basis to the method introduced and described in HEFCE 2012/10; the method has been updated to ensure that the patterns of study of research masters students do not influence the statistics.

3. HEIs in England reviewed the qualification rates in early 2013. Each HEI was provided with its own results, along with overall results for the sector and an updated explanation of the method. A number of institutions have raised concerns relating to errors in the underlying data they submitted to the Higher Education Statistics Agency, and the impact of these errors on the qualification rates calculated. Where these concerns have been upheld, the institution has been given the option to have its results suppressed in this publication, with reasons given for this suppression.

4. We expect that this information will be of interest to HEIs and others interested in the quality of research degree programmes and the qualification rates of research degree students.

Action required

5. No action is required in response to this document.

Date: 26 July 2013

Ref: HEFCE 2013/17

Of interest to those
responsible for:

Research management, Supervising and managing research degree programmes, Quality assurance, Student data

Enquiries should be directed to:

Alison Brunt, tel 0117 931 7166, e-mail

or the Quantitative Analysis for Policy team, e-mail