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Medicine: Graduates

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Jeremy Lefroy Jeremy Lefroy Conservative, Stafford

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students graduated with a (a) medical and (b) nursing degree in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Minister of State (Universities and Science)

The numbers of postgraduate and undergraduate qualifiers in medicine and nursing at UK higher education institutions are shown in the following table for the academic years 2002/03 to 2009/10. Due to a change in the subject coding system used by the Higher Education Statistics Agency comparable figures for earlier years are not available. Information for the 2010/11 academic year will become available from January 2012.

Postgraduate and undergraduate qualifiers (1) in medicine and nursing UK higher education institutions (2) —Academic years 2002/03 to 2009/10
  Medicine (pre-clinical and clinical) Nursing
Academic year Postgraduate Undergraduate Postgraduate Undergraduate
2002/03 3,080 5,500 1,375 39,520
2003/04 4,030 6,160 1,680 46,805
2004/05 4,040 6,640 1,865 52,350
2005/06 4,630 6,850 2,425 53,690
2006/07 4,990 7,470 2,740 50,490
2007/08 5,475 7,585 3,290 47,270
2008/09 5,360 8,200 3,865 42,465
2009/10 5,655 8,280 3,700 41,260
(1) Covers qualifiers of all ages and domiciles from full-time and part-time courses. (2) Excludes the Open University due to their incorrect coding of subject information across the time series. Notes: 1. Figures are based on a HESA qualifications obtained population and are rounded up or down to the nearest five. 2. Subject information is shown as full person equivalents (FPEs) in the table. FPEs are derived by splitting student instances between the different subjects that make up their course aim. 3. Pre-clinical and clinical medicine and nursing are classified as principal subjects on the HESA student record. Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) student record.

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