Gender breakdown at course level

The proportion of male and female students varies widely across different subjects in UK universities

January 7, 2016
Subject of study by level and gender 2013-2014

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Figures on the gender make-up of the student body for 2013-14 were broken down to discipline level, and to level of study, in Patterns and Trends in UK Higher Education 2015, a report released by Universities UK. The figures originally come from the Higher Education Statistics Agency’s student record.

The majority of subjects are skewed significantly to either men or women, with 10 of the 19 disciplines at least 60 per cent female, and five at least 60 per cent male. The figures cover students of all nationalities studying at UK universities.

Overall, 56.1 per cent of students were female, although women were in a slight minority at the postgraduate research level, and also among non-European Union students.

Among UK students, 57.3 per cent were female. There was an even more dramatic gender split among students from some countries: 82.2 per cent of students from Bangladesh were male, compared with just 31.2 per cent from Jamaica.

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