Number of students starting PhDs falls

The number of students beginning PhDs funded by six research councils has fallen by more than 20 per cent since 2009-10

April 3, 2014

The data, published last month in Research Council Impact Reports 2013, do not include studentships awarded by the Medical Research Council.

Some 4,513 students started PhDs in 2012-13, down from 5,723 in 2009-10. The drop in new Engineering and Physical Research Council PhDs plays a “large role” in the overall reduction, says the document published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The fall in EPSRC and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council PhDs has been driven “in minor part by an increased prioritisation and focus on the best students through Centres for Doctoral Training”, the report states.

The number of new PhD studentships funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council has risen slightly since 2009-10.

holly.else@tsleducation.com

Times Higher Education free 30-day trial

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Most Commented

Monster behind man at desk

Despite all that’s been done to improve doctoral study, horror stories keep coming. Here three students relate PhD nightmares while two academics advise on how to ensure a successful supervision

celebrate, cheer, tef results

Emilie Murphy calls on those who challenged the teaching excellence framework methodology in the past to stop sharing their university ratings with pride

Sir Christopher Snowden, former Universities UK president, attacks ratings in wake of Southampton’s bronze award

Reflection of man in cracked mirror

To defend the values of reason from political attack we need to be more discriminating about the claims made in its name, says John Hendry

But the highest value UK spin-off companies mainly come from research-intensive universities, latest figures show