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Annual Report of the Board of Graduate Studies for 2006-07

The BOARD OF GRADUATE STUDIES beg leave to report to the Council as follows: This report covers

(a business of the Board of Graduate Studies conducted during the academical year 2006-07 in response to external bodies, recommendations concerning policy matters, and changes to the portfolio of graduate courses;
(b a statistical section covering:
  • admission data concerning applications received for entry in the academical year 2006-07 (i.e. mostly received in the previous academical year), offers made for admission and the numbers of new entrants arriving in the academical year 2006-07;
  • census data taken in December 2006 concerning the numbers of students on the register;
  • examination data summed over the academical year concerning the approval and non-approval of candidates for degrees and reviews of examinations.

The Board also publishes an Admissions Report which shows applications, offers, and admissions data relating to students commencing their study at the beginning of the Michaelmas Term of each year; in the subsequent Annual Report these data are updated to include students who commence their studies during the Lent and Easter Terms.

A Business of the Board of Graduate Studies

1 External developments

(a) Research Councils

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) undertook a review of the '1 + 3' pattern of research degrees.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) reviewed their existing student-led competition and decided to replace the student-driven competition with a 'block grant' system; changes will be implemented in 2008. The Board consulted the Degree Committees concerned and their responses were fed into an institutional response from the University. Responsibility for managing the payment of AHRC studentships will be devolved to universities from October 2007 (although no provision has been made for administrative costs): the burden of this will fall on the Board's Studentships Office.

The AHRC rejected an appeal by one Faculty against a decision that they would be unable to submit applications in the 2007 and 2008 competitions due to low submission rates; and gave notice to two others that they would also be blacklisted if their results fell below the threshold set by the AHRC.

(b) Transferable Skills Training (TST)

The Board welcomed the announcement from the Arts and Humanities Research Council of their participation in the scheme from October 2007.

At a local level, progress was made both in terms of training 'credits' offered and in terms of the take-up by students; funding for non-Research Council students was also sought during the year. Colleges considered how they could contribute, for example by supplying training 'credits'. The Board noted that much of the TST money was devolved and TST activity at Cambridge was driven by 'bottom-up' initiatives. They agreed that it was important also to engage the University at a more central level.

The Board noted with pleasure that, including a one-off payment of £70,000 from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to develop 'Entrepreneurship TST' for EPSRC-funded research students, the University would have received a total of £3.9m of TST funds by September 2007: that is, 7% of the total national funds distributed.

Postgraduate Research Experience Survey

The Board participated in this survey of research experience hosted by Bristol Online Surveys, in which a substantial proportion of questions related to TST. The TST officer at the Board administered this in conjunction with TST officers at Staff Development. A third of eligible students took part at Cambridge, and their general response was very positive, with their experience either meeting or exceeding their original expectations of the research degree programme.

2 Academic developments

(a) General Board Review of Graduate Education

The General Board Review of Graduate Education was ongoing throughout the year. The Secretary of the Board was a member of the Review Panel. Issues addressed by the Review were discussed as appropriate by the Board of Graduate Studies and are covered in this Annual Report under the relevant headings.

The Board received the Second Report to the General Board and welcomed progress towards the formal recognition of a 'graduate school' in Biological and Medical and Veterinary Sciences. They noted that a central core of knowledge and expertise at the Board of Graduate Studies would continue to be needed to provide quality assurance and both specialized and generic support across Schools.

(b) Graduate School of Life Sciences

The Board welcomed the change of name from 'Graduate School of Biological, Medical and Veterinary Sciences'.

(c) Plagiarism

The Board reviewed the introduction of new plagiarism procedures in Lent 2006 and agreed that although improvements had been made, further progress was needed. They suggested a warning notice; more effective induction; and a re-examination of the nature and level of penalties.

After a successful trial of plagiarism detection software, endorsed by the Board, it was agreed to recommend that a licence for the software be bought for the University, with a financial contribution from the Board's budget. Several issues arising from the use of such software, including concerns from Cambridge University Students Union (CUSU), were discussed, and guidelines on the use of the software were recommended.

The Board condemned the setting up of essay banks such as 'Oxbridge Essays' and issued a strong statement to this effect, aimed at those who might supply as well as those who might be tempted to use such a service. Consultations were ongoing with the University Advocate and Proctors, and with Oxford University, as to how any system of penalties might work.

In May 2007 the University held its first Plagiarism Awareness Day. The Day was organized by the Boards of Examinations and Graduate Studies in collaboration with CUSU and the Graduate Union with the aim of raising awareness of plagiarism and good academic practice amongst staff and students. It was intended to make this an annual event. A Plagiarism Working Group, including representation from the Board, was set up to examine these issues further.

(d) Student complaints, allowances, and academic integrity

The Board strongly supported a proposal for a single central office for dealing with student complaints, appeals, and other matters concerning academic integrity and discipline. This service would require legal advisers and would co-ordinate and oversee a framework of university review bodies (as now) to provide independent review. The powers and responsibilities of these in relation to the Boards of Examinations and Graduate Studies and other bodies would need to be clearly established. A comparative review of the various regulations would be needed.

The Board agreed that the establishment of such a service would be a major project and gave its support to this being set up as soon as possible.

(e) Codes of Practice

The Board issued its first Code of Practice for Research Degrees to all research students and their supervisors. Work was begun on a version for graduate courses with significant taught elements with a view to issuing it in Michaelmas 2007.

3 Degrees

(a) Research degrees

Higher Doctorates

The Board supported a proposal by the Faculty of Divinity to remove the option of submitting a specially composed thesis for the Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) Degree.

The Board supported a proposal by the Faculty of Music to amend the Guide for Applicants for the Doctor of Music (Mus.D.) Degree.

Ph.D. Degrees

The Board clarified their intention from 2007-08 of ending backdating of the Ph.D. to include the M.Phil. year. The primary motivation behind this change was to recognize that most Ph.Ds. take longer than two further years after a Master's year. The ending of backdating would alleviate pressure on the students involved and improve submission rates (see also Fees, below).

Ph.D. by Special Regulations

The Board agreed to revise the Guides to both candidates and Examiners/Assessors to clarify the criteria for the degree and the nature of the examination for the degree. It was further agreed to formulate a coversheet for Assessors, incorporating a checklist of the criteria for proceeding to the examination and allowing the Assessor to provide additional brief feedback to be conveyed verbatim to an unsuccessful candidate.

Collaborative Ph.D. Scheme with the Agency for Science, Technology, and Research, Singapore

The Board supported a proposal for a collaborative Ph.D. whereby graduates would spend two years in both Cambridge and Singapore studying according to Cambridge regulations for the Ph.D. Degree.

Certificate of Postgraduate Study (C.P.G.S.)

The Faculty of History does not admit candidates to the C.P.G.S. at the outset but awards the certificate as an exit qualification for candidates who have marginally failed the M.Phil. It also permits transfer to this qualification from the Ph.D. or M.Phil. at any point. Following on a letter from the Faculty, the Board commended this approach to all Faculties.

Non-University Institutions

Fifteen institutions of varying size have 'NUI' status, that is they can take research students officially registered for a research degree of the University of Cambridge but carrying out their research under the remit of a Research Council or major charitable Trust. This year the five-yearly review of the scheme, including an invitation to existing NUIs to consider formally renewing their relationship with the University, was begun. The MRC Epidemiology Unit was granted non-University institution status.

Part-time research degrees

Following on a request from a candidate to study for a part-time research degree while resident in China, the Board recommended that the rules for part-time research be revised to set limits on the extent to which candidates could pursue the degree without personal engagement in the Cambridge research community. Data showing the extent of the scheme are presented in the table below:

 Part-time
students
admitted
Total no of
Departments
registered
Total no of
Colleges
registered
2003-04193221
2004-05263826
2005-06424328
2006-07314529

Other changes

Word limits: the Board approved amended word limits for theses for the Ph.D. and M.Litt. in International Studies and the Ph.D. in Oriental Studies.

Procedures for consideration of degree results: the Board agreed to consider Ph.D. results outside main meetings in short meetings to be arranged according to demand, in order to ease the pressure on the approval of other degrees at their October meetings. The first such meeting was held in August 2007.

(b) Masters Degrees

The Board continued its consideration of the University's portfolio of Masters courses, and put forward proposals based on the purposes and learning outcomes of the various degrees. It was suggested that the M.Litt./M.Sc. and the M.Phil. by research only be amalgamated, and that a new degree of M.Res., full- or part-time, be introduced for former M.Phil. and M.St. courses which were more research-based than taught. Discussion on both these suggestions is ongoing.

M.Phil. costing model

The Board examined the costing template for new M.Phils. to see how it might be made clearer. It was agreed to amend both the costing template and the M.Phil. proposal template to provide further information to users.

Master of Finance

The Board considered a proposal from Judge Business School to establish a new degree of Master of Finance from October 2008, which would focus on post-experience training for finance specialists and command a premium fee. They saw no objection in principle and having asked for more information on certain points recommended that the proposal go ahead. They agreed that a revision of Statute B, III to facilitate the creation of new degrees without recourse to Privy Council would be most welcome. This recommendation was subsequently incorporated into the recommendations of the General Board Review into Graduate Education (see above).

(c) Changes to courses (date from which effective in brackets)

New courses introduced, or approved:

Courses rescinded, or approved for withdrawal:

Courses for which changes to the Special Regulations were approved:

Change of classification for HEFCE:

(d) Examining

The Board recommended increases in the rates of M.Phil. Examiners' fees, which were subsequently incorporated into the General Board review of payments made to all Examiners and Assessors. As part of the new arrangements, the separate fee for conducting an oral examination was dropped and subsumed into increased flat-rate payments for examining and/or thesis examining.

(e) Supervisors and Supervision reports

The Board agreed to extend the payment of the supervision fee to supervisors of students in the writing-up period (i.e. terms 10-12 for the full-time Ph.D. and terms 16-21 for the part-time degree). A nominal fee for Advisors was also agreed.

Supervisor training: the Board received data on the availability of induction for supervisors and attendance at such sessions and sought to expand the programme in view of the likely increase in demand following publication of the Code of Practice. They further agreed to discuss with Staff Development the possibility of supporting training for post-docs who are required to carry out day-to-day supervisory duties under the 'Roberts' programme.

Meanwhile, attendance at the eight Lent seminars for Ph.D. supervisors increased from an average of 6 participants in 2006 to an average of 9 participants in 2007, with better representation from Arts and Humanities subjects than in previous years. The induction day for new supervisors of postgraduate students, held in November, was attended by 25 people (as compared to 17 in 2005).

(f) Graduate admissions processes and policies

The number of online applications increased to 26% for 2006 entry, compared to 17% for 2005 entry. The Board agreed not to re-open the question of charging for paper applications.

CamSIS

A problem occurred in the assignment of candidates under the CamSIS College distribution model which had the effect of reducing the number of candidates for all-female Colleges. The Board's admissions staff manually redistributed women applicants to redress the balance and the CamSIS team rapidly corrected the problem. The Board recommended that the Colleges review the CamSIS College allocation system.

English language condition

Following on representations from some Faculties and Colleges that candidates were being accepted with inadequate language skills, the Board agreed that, where a candidate was below the minimum in both English language and academic results, no application for special consideration would be entertained.

The Board supported the introduction of a small charge for in-sessional training, and thought it reasonable that Faculties contribute to the cost.

Disability issues

For the first time this Annual Report is able to include the following disability information (figures relate to students beginning their course in the 2006-07 academical year):

 Number declaring
a disability
% of whole
cohort
Applicants1241.2
Received conditional offer1082.6
Received confirmed offer702.9

(g) Other academic developments

The Board approved changes to the constitutions of the Earth Sciences and Geography, Modern and Medieval Languages, and Oriental Studies Degree Committees.

Learning and Teaching Review of the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

The Board were glad to respond to this review, noting particularly the current confusion as to the relative powers and responsibilities of ICE, the Board, and the Degree Committees. They made several suggestions regarding remedial training in basic study skills, progress reporting, and the systems of degree approval; but concluded overall that ICE played a valuable role in the provision of part-time masters' study.

(h) Reports received

The report to the Council and the General Board of the Council for Lifelong Learning, June 2007

4 Graduate Student fees and finances

(aFee Structures

The Board spent a considerable amount of time over the year discussing Graduate Student fee structures. Three issues in particular were addressed:

In the event the Board agreed, for its part, that a 'Fee for course' model would address all these issues. Discussions are ongoing.

(b) Living costs

With the agreement of the Trusts, the Board agreed to increase the estimate of the basic cost-of-living requirement by 6% for 2008-09, thereby completing the agreed increase over the past three years.

(c) Fees for staff undertaking research degrees

In January the University agreed that a special staff fee, set at one-third the current home/EU fee, be charged to members of staff undertaking research degrees. The Board received several requests for refunds of fees already paid. It was decided that in general fees should be refunded only to students who were currently still paying fees so that refunds could be adjusted from future fee payments.

(d) Premium fees for M.Phil. courses

Following on the University decision in 2005 that in principle differential fees for M.Phil. programmes offered within the University might be charged, Judge Business School proposed that premium fees be applied to M.Phils. in Technology Policy, Management, and Finance. The Board had no objection in principle; however, they noted the tendency for the proliferation of small variations in fees and recommended that a small number of premium fee bands should be established into which any applications to charge premium fees could be fitted. The Board could see no justification for creating a continuum of fees; indeed this would be utterly unworkable in CamSIS and a constant source of error and confusion to applicants, staff, and students.

In the light of this, the Board proposed that the fee for overseas students on the M.Phil. in Economics should be brought down to match the M.Phil. in Finance premium rate.

5 Membership of the Board

6 Staff changes at the Board

Dr Nichola Tooke, Head of Graduate Records and Examinations, took maternity leave from July 2007 and was replaced by Mr Mark Smith. Mrs Louise Burton, Head of Admissions, left the Board in May 2007 and was replaced by Dr Litsa Biggs. In September 2007 Dr Laurie Friday, Secretary of the Board, left the Board to take up a position in the Graduate School of Life Sciences.

B Statistical Report

The data reported here refer only to those applicants, students, and courses for whom the Board of Graduate Studies is the admitting authority and do not include, for example, candidates for the M.B.A., M.Ed., P.G.C.E., and certain diplomas.

1 Admissions and student numbers

(a) Applications for admission (Chart 1a-d)

Application figures were down 2.8% on last year, continuing the trend of the last couple of years. Within this, EU applications rose by over 10%, whereas overseas applications declined by 6% and home applications by nearly 2% (some comfort can be drawn from the fact that the rate of decline in home applications had reduced from last year, when it topped 10%). Male/female application numbers reflected the totals in each case.

Within these overall totals, applications for M.Phil. courses reduced by 2.5% over last year, although again there was a slight increase in EU applicants. But applications for research courses recovered a little (2.8%) from last year's five-year low - a 16.5% increase in EU applications and a 5% increase in home applications masking a further fall in research applications from overseas.

Applications for other, taught, postgraduate courses (Chart 1d) fell by 13% compared to 2005-06. In contrast to last year, applications from overseas candidates fell markedly (22%) offset by an increase in applications from home (3%) and EU (6%) candidates. However, these percentages relate to much smaller numbers: over 6,000 applications for M.Phils., 3,400 for research degrees, and only 1,200 for other postgraduate courses.

(b) Offers of admission and confirmation of admission (Tables 2a-d & 3)

The total number of offers for admission under the jurisdiction of the Board, and offers of admission to 'other postgraduate courses' were reported for the first time in 2004 and the most recent figures are set out in Tables 2a and 2d respectively. Overall the number of offers has declined by 5.7% since last year, although there was an increase in offers to EU applicants. In percentage terms, the figures show that around 40% of applicants received an offer in both 2004 and 2005; this reduced slightly to 39% in 2006.

Offers for 2006 for the M.Phil. Degree were slightly (8%) down from 2005 (Table 2b) although, again, offers to EU candidates had increased slightly. The main decrease was in offers to home applicants (15.5% lower than in 2005).

Overall, offers for research courses were much as last year (Table 2c). However, offers to overseas students continued to decline from a high of around 1,040 offers in 2001-03 to 688 for 2006, a reduction of over 33%. As a percentage of applications, this was a drop from 49% of overseas applicants receiving offers for 2001 to 34% of overseas applicants receiving offers for 2006.

Offers for other taught postgraduate courses (Table 2d) fell from 512 to 417. Here, a 25% drop in offers to overseas candidates and a 6% drop in offers to home candidates masked an 18% rise in offers to EU candidates.

Of the total number of offers made, about half are confirmed each year as candidates meet the conditions set; this proportion (the 'take-up rate') is influenced by many factors, such as availability of funding and national and international contingencies. The rate has increased steadily over the last six years, and overall is now at nearly 60% (Table 3), and slightly more than this for research courses.

(c) Numbers of new graduate students coming into residence (Table 4a-f)

The distribution of new entrants among the M.Phil. courses is shown in Table 4a. The numbers of M.Phil. candidates varies markedly between courses and between disciplines and Schools. There are also considerable differences between Schools in the balance between UK, EU, and overseas candidates, although overall the number of overseas M.Phil. students is about half the total.

The distribution of new entrants for all graduate courses among the 25 Degree Committees is shown in Table 4b.

Annual figures for the proportion of new entrants by School (below) show little change from last year except for a 1% fall in the proportion of Arts and Humanities students, compensated for by a similar rise in the proportion of Clinical Medicine students.

 Entry in academic year beginning (%)
School2003200420052006
Arts & Humanities15.916.117.716.2
Humanities & Social Sciences30.932.731.731.7
Physical Sciences17.016.215.315.2
Biological Sciences13.210.510.410.9
Clinical Medicine5.24.55.36.1
Technology17.920.019.619.9

Table 4c gives the same information for 2006 as the above table, but also shows the distribution between the Schools of new entrants in each of the three categories home, EU, and overseas.

The overall numbers of new entrants in 2006 was down slightly on 2005 (Table 4d), although again there was an increase in EU entrants. Interestingly the reduction in the number of women entrants (1.3%) was not as great as that of men (2.7%). No difficulties were reported in placing candidates in Colleges.

The distribution of new entrants among Colleges is shown in Table 4e.

In 2006 nearly a fifth of all new graduate students were previously at the University of Cambridge. The numbers of graduates of other UK universities was reduced from 2005's exceptional figure of 954 (which had been an increase of 59% on the previous year) to 765, still a high figure in comparison with the previous ten years (Table 4f).

(d) Graduate students on the register and in residence, including proportion of women and distribution by College (Table 5a-e)

The numbers of graduate students on the Board of Graduate Studies' register at December 2006, and the number of these in residence (that is, excluding those having leave to work away or writing up) are shown, disaggregated by type of qualification, sex, and fee status, in Table 5a.

The distribution of registered graduate students on the register among the Departments and Faculties in December 2006 is shown in Table 5b.

Historical data on the numbers of registered graduate students are shown in Table 5c. These reveal that, over the ten years from 1997 to 2006:

The proportion of women applying, offered admission, taking up their place, and in residence is shown in Table 5d.

The distribution of graduate students by College (December 2006) is shown in Table 5e.

2 Submission for the Ph.D., approval and non-approval for degrees (Tables 6-8)

The proportion of research students submitting their dissertation for examination for the Ph.D. by the end of their fourth year remained steady for the cohort starting in 2002 at 69% (Table 6a). These four-year submission data vary widely between Schools and there is considerable fluctuation between cohorts of students in some Schools (Table 6b). The numbers of candidates approved for degrees during the academical year 2006-07 are shown in Table 7 (figures up to 2004 are for the calendar years shown). The numbers of degrees awarded per annum are always fewer than the total number of candidates admitted in the relevant years because a proportion of entrants are not candidates for a degree, but for a diploma or certificate.

No candidates were approved for the Ph.D. Degree under the Special Regulations during the year.

The numbers of candidates not approved for the qualification sought during the academical year 2006-07 are shown in Table 8. There was no significant change from the 2005-06 figures.

During the period October 2006 - September 2007, the Board approved only eight Higher Doctorates: seven candidates for the Sc.D. Degree, and one for the LL.D. Degree.

3 Awards

In keeping with the rest of this Annual Report, figures are given for students taking up their studentships in the academical year 2006-07.

(a) ORS (Overseas Research Studentship) Awards for 2006

The Board were concerned at the loss of a quarter of the top-ranked candidates who, having been offered an ORS award for 2007, had withdrawn from the competition, many to take up fully funded places elsewhere. They noted that close co-operation with the Trusts would be needed to achieve the goal of early complete funding packages.

Competition for ORS awards to be taken up in:20052006
Nomination allocated to Cambridge130N/A
Number of awards made (centrally for 05)11595
Success rate89%N/A

(b) Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards

In April 2004, the government announced the Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards scheme (DHPA), which provides three-year full-cost studentships, each co-funded by a Research Council and an industrial partner, for research students from the developing world. Candidates have to qualify for the ORS. Awards to Cambridge students have been as follows:

Students starting in200420052006
No of awards13105

(c) Other awards

Details of awards made by the Board's Committee on Grants for 2006 (with 2005 for comparison) are shown below:

 2005 2006
Domestic Research Studentship17
of which 11 full awards, 3 fees awards, 1 shared with a College, and 2 others
19
(13 full awards, 6 fees awards). 4 awards shared with Colleges
Millenium Scholarship15, of which 3 shared with Colleges
Allen Meek and Read; Le Bas awards (partial maintenance awards in 2005)*1817

* From 2006 the value of the Allen Meek and Read, and the Le Bas scholarships was increased to £5,000.

4 Regulations for the review of the results of examination for postgraduate qualifications (Statutes and Ordinances, 2006, p. 405)

During 2006-07, five new cases were considered. In one case the candidate accepted Faculty conditions for revision and resubmission; in another the candidate was allowed to continue with a strict plan of work. Of the three remaining cases, one candidate was offered an M.Sc.; and two cases were referred to the Degree Committee under Regulation 3. One of these cases is still under consideration and the Degree Committee found no reason to uphold the complaint of the other. Of two ongoing cases, one candidate accepted an M.Sc. Degree. The Review Committee dismissed the complaint of the other, but the candidate rejected this outcome.

March 2008
W. BROWN (Chairman)L. R. R. GELSTHORPER. G. OSBORNE
W. ALLISONJ. HEALJ. RUNDE
G. A. J. AMARATUNGAC. R. HILEYB. SAHAKIAN
M. G. BLAMIREK. A. LINDERM. YOUNGER
G. M. W. COOKL. SHIDAI LIU 

1 'overall rate' includes disabled as well as able-bodied applicants.

Table 1a: Total applications for all courses for which the Board is the admitting authority

 HomeEUOverseasTotal
 MenWomenTotalMenWomenTotalMenWomenTotalMenWomenTotal
1997150479923038085791387370820985806602034769496
1998134778821359075881495384522706115609936469745
1999134570820539366471583368522835968596636389604
2000124972319727985681366352722785805557435699143
2001116772518927285261254375424406194564936919340
20021277713199083853813763982276767496097401810115
20031464836230087259414665483406095437819549013309
20041280779205995560015554094325773516329463610965
200511447051849100068216824062329073526206467710883
200611246911815112373818613876302368996123445210575

Figures up to 2003 are for calendar years. From 2004, figures refer to applications for admission in the academic year starting in October of the year stated.
From 2004, figures relate to nationality rather than fee status.

Table 1b: Applications for admission to one-year M.Phil. Degrees*

  Home EU Overseas Total
  Men Women Total Men Women Total Men Women Total Men Women Total
1997 559 309 868 351 300 651 1562 1047 2609 2472 1656 4128
1998 523 370 893 393 281 674 1649 1198 2847 2565 1849 4414
1999 515 330 845 393 315 708 1732 1218 2950 2640 1863 4503
2000 505 348 853 327 268 595 1706 1219 2925 2538 1835 4373
2001 462 344 806 313 274 587 1748 1318 3066 2523 1936 4459
2002 582 359 941 359 264 623 1900 1525 3425 2841 2148 4989
2003 694 434 1128 377 283 660 2789 2307 5096 3860 3024 6884
2004 601 393 994 424 333 757 2157 1980 4137 3182 2706 5888
2005 595 387 982 481 356 837 2280 2103 4383 3356 2846 6202
2006 538 370 908 515 384 899 2317 1925 4242 3370 2679 6049

Figures up to 2003 are for calendar years. From 2004, figures refer to applications for admission in the academic year starting in October of the year stated.
* From 2005, this also includes Graduate Diplomas (Economics, International Law, Legal Studies) From 2004, figures relate to nationality rather than fee status.

Table 1c: Applications for admission to research degree courses*

  Home EU Overseas Total
  Men Women Total Men Women Total Men Women Total Men Women Total
1997 689 378 1067 274 168 442 1645 733 2378 2608 1279 3887
1998 628 345 973 312 185 497 1655 722 2377 2595 1252 3847
1999 614 300 914 338 172 510 1430 655 2085 2382 1127 3509
2000 534 298 832 282 174 456 1329 682 2011 2145 1154 3299
2001 549 305 854 238 150 388 1434 709 2143 2221 1164 3385
2002 548 295 843 287 161 448 1475 734 2209 2310 1190 3500
2003 623 320 943 311 186 497 1948 1050 2998 2882 1556 4438
2004 545 319 864 334 157 491 1439 810 2249 2318 1286 3604
2005 443 267 710 359 199 558 1298 751 2049 2100 1217 3317
2006 482 264 746 406 245 651 1266 746 2012 2154 1255 3409

Figures up to 2003 are for calendar years. From 2004, figures refer to applications for the academic year starting in October of the year stated.
From 2004, figures relate to nationality rather than fee status.
Figures do not include applications from students continuing from a one-year graduate course.
* CPGS, NOTAF, NTBR, M.Sc., M.Litt. Until 2005 also included Graduate Diplomas (Economics, International Law, Legal Studies)

Table 1d: Applications for admission to other taught postgraduate courses under the jurisdiction of the Board*

  Home EU Overseas Total
  Men Women Total Men Women Total Men Women Total Men Women Total
1997 256 112 368 183 111 294 501 318 819 940 541 1481
1998 196 73 269 202 122 324 541 350 891 939 545 1484
1999 216 78 294 205 160 365 523 410 933 944 648 1592
2000 210 77 287 189 126 315 492 377 869 891 580 1471
2001 156 76 232 177 102 279 572 413 985 905 591 1496
2002 147 59 206 192 113 305 607 508 1115 946 680 1626
2003 147 82 229 184 125 309 746 703 1449 1077 910 1987
2004 134 67 201 197 110 307 498 467 965 829 644 1473
2005 106 51 157 160 127 287 484 436 920 750 614 1364
2006 106 56 162 198 107 305 367 352 719 671 515 1186

Figures up to 2003 are for calendar years. From 2004, figures refer to applications for the academic year starting in October of the year stated.
* Diplomas in Computer Science, Theology; CASM, LLM
From 2004, figures relate to nationality rather than fee status.

Table 2a: Offers of admisssions: all courses

  Home EU Overseas Total
  Men Women Total Men Women Total Men Women Total Men Women Total
2004 750 499 1249 459 299 758 1308 1057 2365 2517 1855 4372
2005 706 467 1173 468 298 766 1326 1120 2446 2500 1885 4385
2006 675 433 1108 507 333 840 1173 1009 2182 2355 1775 4130

Figures refer to offers for the academic year starting in October of the year stated.
Figures do not include offers to candidates wishing to continue after a one-year graduate course.

Table 2b: Offers of admission: one-year M.Phil. Degree courses*

  Home EU Overseas Total
  Men Women Total Men Women Total Men Women Total Men Women Total
1997 291 196 487 120 112 232 544 359 903 955 667 1622
1998 306 251 557 146 101 247 648 456 1104 1100 808 1908
1999 293 213 506 147 124 271 554 474 1028 994 811 1805
2000 267 220 487 131 132 263 504 437 941 902 789 1691
2001 282 217 499 155 129 284 628 574 1202 1065 920 1985
2002 317 219 536 160 126 286 652 567 1219 1129 912 2041
2003 334 239 573 138 113 251 643 612 1255 1115 964 2079
2004 325 252 577 176 153 329 584 597 1181 1085 1002 2087
2005 366 257 623 213 155 368 709 711 1420 1288 1123 2411
2006 303 223 526 212 164 376 645 660 1305 1160 1047 2207

Figures up to 2003 are for calendar years. From 2004, figures refer to offers for the academic year starting in October of the year stated.
* From 2005, this also includes Graduate Diplomas (Economics, International Law, Legal Studies).

Table 2c: Offers of admission for research degree courses*

  Home EU Overseas Total
  Men Women Total Men Women Total Men Women Total Men Women Total
1997 407 232 639 142 85 227 592 288 880 1141 605 1746
1998 396 221 617 164 95 259 672 294 966 1232 610 1842
1999 357 183 540 167 88 255 546 260 806 1070 531 1601
2000 342 198 540 175 97 272 537 260 797 1054 555 1609
2001 399 220 619 151 102 253 690 352 1042 1240 674 1914
2002 367 192 559 173 100 273 696 341 1037 1236 633 1869
2003 365 203 568 150 100 250 644 399 1043 1159 702 1861
2004 350 221 571 181 114 295 563 338 901 1094 673 1767
2005 280 186 466 166 99 265 453 278 731 899 563 1462
2006 298 181 479 177 122 299 416 272 688 891 575 1466

Figures up to 2003 are for calendar years. From 2004, figures refer to offers for the academic year starting in October of the year stated.
Figures do not include offers to candidates wishing to continue after a one-year graduate course
* CPGS, NOTAF, NTBR, M.Sc., M.Litt.; to 2004 also Graduate Diplomas (Economics, International Law, Legal Studies)

Table 2d: Offers of admission: other taught postgraduate courses* for which the Board is the admitting authority

  Home EU Overseas Total
  Men Women Total Men Women Total Men Women Total Men Women Total
2004 75 26 101 102 32 134 161 122 283 338 180 518
2005 60 24 84 89 44 133 164 131 295 313 199 512
2006 59 20 79 112 45 157 125 96 221 296 161 457

Figures refer to offers for the academic year starting in October of the year stated.
* Diplomas in Computer Science, Theology; CASM, LL.M.

Table 3: Take-up of offers (confirmed admissions as percentages of offers made)

  M.Phil* Research** Other Overall
  Home EU Overseas Total Home EU Overseas Total Home EU Overseas Total Home EU Overseas Total
2000 63 57 47 53 81 58 40 57 57 53 41 47 70 55 42 53
2001 63 51 45 50 71 57 36 50 47 58 42 47 61 56 36 46
2002 60 55 42 49 71 48 38 51 63 61 41 49 71 53 39 50
2003 65 55 45 52 72 58 41 52 65 54 41 50 69 57 40 51
2004 68 64 48 56 81 57 28 50 51 56 51 52 73 60 41 53
2005 66 55 50 55 85 71 47 63 49 66 39 48 72 63 48 57
2006 67 63 50 56 84 67 49 64 54 73 40 54 73 66 49 59

* from 2005, includes Diplomas in Economics, International Law, Legal Studies
** to 2004, includes Diplomas in Economics, International Law, Legal Studies

Table 4a: New entrants registered for M.Phil. Degree courses in 2006-07

School and CourseHome  EU    OverseasTotal
School of Arts and Humanities
American Literature4217
Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic4059
Chinese Studies4138
Classics1391739
English and Applied Linguistics01910
English Studies111719
Environmental Design in Architecture1102
Ethnomusicology0011
European Literature and Culture154726
History of Art and Architecture72615
Linguistics77620
Medieval and Renaissance Literature1011021
Musical Composition2002
Musicology1146
Oriental Studies31610
Philosophy105520
Russian Studies2226
Screen Media and Cultures64515
Theology and Religious Studies160622
SUBTOTAL11642100258
 
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Archaeological Science0011
Biological Anthropology3148
Biological Anthropological Science1203
Contemporary European Studies28212
Criminology2024
Criminological Research31812
Development Studies452736
Early Modern History6129
Economic and Social History2136
Economics19151953
Education1454665
Environmental Policy321116
Historical Studies162624
History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine511319
International Relations17103259
International Studies1113
Land Economy: Option A1124
Land Economy: Option B21912
Latin-American Studies33713
Medieval History91313
Modern European History56617
Modern Society and Global Transformations35715
Planning, Growth, and Regeneration001111
Political Thought and Intellectual History421319
Real Estate Finance623543
Social Anthropological Analysis210416
Social Anthropological Research1304
Social and Development Psychology2338
World Archaeology721221
SUBTOTAL14394289526
 
School of the Physical Sciences
Chemistry0044
Computational Biology472031
Earth Sciences0123
Environment and Development40711
Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing3126
Geographical Research4004
Materials Modelling1113
Micro and Nanotechnology321419
Physics2529
Polar Studies1113
Fluid Flow in Industry and Environment2002
Quaternary Science0112
Statistical Science36716
SUBTOTAL272561113
School of the Biological Sciences
Biological Science3121328
Developmental Biology1304
Veterinary Science1001
SUBTOTAL5151333
School of Clinical Medicine
Epidemiology401216
Medical Sciences22610
Public Health50611
SUBTOTAL1122437
School of Technology
Advanced Chemical Engineering Practice001313
Bioscience Enterprise461323
Computer Speech, Text, and Internet Technology25916
Engineering351018
Engineering for Sustainable Development1341936
Finance9142245
Financial Research0011
Industrial Systems, Manufacture, and Management7132242
Innovation, Strategy, and Organization32914
Management752739
Management Research0437
Management Science0358
Technology Policy1121528
SUBTOTAL4973168290
GRAND TOTAL3512516551257

Numbers include candidates registered for the M.Phil. 'in the first instance' as part of a research degree programme.


Table 4b: New entrants for all courses for which the Board is the admitting authority, by Degree Committee 2006-07

 Home  EU    OverseasTotal
School of Arts and Humanities
Architecture and History of Art1641333
Classics19132254
Divinity2641444
English57941107
Modern and Medieval Languages48232495
Music43815
Oriental Studies1031932
Philosophy137727
SUBTOTAL FOR SCHOOL19366148407
 
School of the Humanities and Social Sciences
Archaeology and Anthropology23323893
Economics31232781
Education2386192
History712852151
History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine1221630
International Studies294261132
Land Economy181589122
Law15112349
Social and Political Sciences12151946
SUBTOTAL FOR SCHOOL234176386796
 
School of the Physical Sciences
Earth Sciences and Geography3751759
Mathematics383837113
Physics and Chemistry1023771210
SUBTOTAL FOR SCHOOL17780125382
 
School of the Biological Sciences
Biology10665103274
SUBTOTAL FOR SCHOOL10665103274
 
School of Clinical Medicine
Clinical Medicine and Clinical Veterinary Medicine655732154
SUBTOTAL FOR SCHOOL655732154
 
School of Technology
Computer Laboratory12122145
Engineering7155173299
Business and Management225085157
SUBTOTAL FOR SCHOOL105117279501
 
TOTAL FOR ALL SCHOOLS88056110732514


Table 4c: Fee status of new entrants for courses under the jurisdiction of the Board, by School, 2006-07

 Home  EU      OverseasTotal
School of Arts and Humanities22.0%11.8%13.8%16.2%
School of the Humanities and Social Sciences  26.6%31.4%36.0%31.7%
School of the Physical Sciences20.1%14.3%11.6%15.2%
School of the Biological Sciences12.0%11.6%9.6%10.9%
School of Clinical Medicine7.4%10.2%3.0%6.1%
School of Technology11.9%20.9%26.0%19.9%
 100%100%100%100%


Table 4d: New entrants: all qualifications for which the Board is the admitting authority, by sex and fee status

  Home EU Overseas Total
 Men Women Total Men Women Total Men Women Total Men Women Total
1997 444 255 699 132 107 239 393 269 662 969 631 1600
1998 427 277 704 152 90 242 441 291 732 1020 658 1678
1999 327 215 542 167 118 285 368 312 680 862 645 1507
2000 427 296 723 165 130 295 418 311 729 1010 737 1747
2001 411 277 688 140 105 245 450 369 819 1001 751 1752
2002 481 300 781 174 123 297 507 375 882 1162 798 1960
2003 475 296 771 146 129 275 500 396 896 1121 821 1942
2004 546 362 908 277 178 455 478 482 960 1301 1022 2323
2005 532 397 929 272 199 471 622 545 1167 1426 1141 2567
2006 514 367 881 301 218 519 573 541 1114 1388 1126 2514

Figures up to 2003 are for calendar years. From 2004, figures refer to new entrants in the academic year starting in October of the year stated.
Figures do not include students continuing after a one-year graduate course.

Table 4e: Distribution among Colleges of new Graduate Students by sex and fee status, Michaelmas Term 2006

 ResearchOther courses
 HomeEUOverseasTotalHomeEUOverseasTotal
 MenWomenMenWomenMenWomenMenWomenAllMenWomenMenWomenMenWomenMenWomenAllTotal all courses
Christ's College1201042172197520731682443
Churchill College346118627113842941924323062100
Clare College1318736726285459238615183387
Clare Hall52961272615413442161323194283
Corpus Christi College141044242018385131271091957
Darwin College2829914191656591151516111827295363116231
Downing College1176595261743867312727164386
Emmanuel College77245714183253116712112355
Fitzwilliam College626311523103383125191739256497
Girton College521461127195370181030134362
Gonville and Caius
College18974743217491700142111362
Homerton College510245981789548621194057
Hughes Hall751531414362258142983324563490148
Jesus College19843452716431310127421163780
King's College119327521163710811111322224481
Lucy Cavendish College-4-3-6-1313-2-5-14-212134
Magdalene College635463171027431044971643
New Hall-15-3-9-2727-8-2-13-232350
Newnham College-4-1-10-1515-6-1-8-151530
Pembroke College96649524153954437516122867
Peterhouse1283031189276000431031340
Queens' College15773107321749117641922363369118
Robinson College73003110414220244681428
St Catharine's College118134616173362226914132760
St Edmund's College6334141023174096781812342660100
St John's College97119111231285985851010262046105
Selwyn College103714421829510344981746
Sidney Sussex College624239131326541065620163662
Trinity College2310641512442670842278171431101
Trinity Hall914471672928571034481222194198
Wolfson College1512208218562884166201136307247119203
TOTAL FOR ALL
COLLEGES302222157114247203706539124519914613611031933567059912692514


Table 4f: Previous institutions of new Graduate Students

 Cambridge University Other UK universities Overseas institutions Non-Graduates
 Men Women Total Men Women Total Men Women Total Men Women Total % of total from
Cambridge
1997 204 89 293 304 214 518 461 327 788 0 1 1 18.3
1998 159 95 254 353 220 573 505 343 848 3 0 3 15.1
1999 81 53 134 314 212 526 465 380 845 2 0 2 8.9
2000 184 117 301 317 230 547 502 383 885 5 7 12 17.2
2001 191 107 298 318 221 539 487 423 910 6 2 8 17.1
2002 236 123 359 334 218 552 581 452 1033 12 6 18 18.3
2003 204 116 320 345 254 599 560 447 1007 12 4 16 16.5
2004 241 158 399 346 254 600 589 515 1104 7 9 16 18.8
2005 301 207 508 524 430 954 600 505 1105 24 12 36 19.7
2006 236 166 402 420 345 765 446 400 846 5 4 9 19.9


Table 5a: Qualifications for which Graduate Students are registered, academical year 2006-07

 TotalIn Residence*
 HomeEUOverseasTotalHomeEUOverseasTotal
 MenWomenMenWomenMenWomenMenWomenAllMenWomenMenWomenMenWomenMenWomenAll
Ph.D. Degree13348475663881113748301319834996796545352231628406177611822958
Eng.D. Degree100000101100000101
M.Sc. Degree5313951511263312549918
M.Litt. Degree0303636915020031336
M.Phil. Degree30920918314848150497386118342051481421153373486846111295
Diplomas6233421372062322211617
Certs. of Postgraduate
Studies15103312330164612923102241438
Not yet registered126102633883702722104821229961377868261204465
Sought no qualification001031415001031415
TOTAL FOR ALL
QUALIFICATIONS179611768205861711133643273098742511458085623901066832277320304803

* students who are 'within terms' and are not researching away from Cambridge


Table 5b: Distribution of Graduate Students in December 2006, by School, Faculty, and Department

  Home EU Overseas Total
  Men Women Men Women Men Women Men Women All
School of Arts and Humanities
Architecture and History of Art
Architecture 14 5 7 8 13 8 34 21 55
History of Art 6 14 5 2 4 9 15 25 40
Total for Degree Committee 20 19 12 10 17 17 49 46 95
 
Classics
Total for Degree Committee 22 17 16 19 16 15 54 51 105
 
Divinity
Total for Degree Committee 37 21 7 5 43 9 87 35 122
 
English
Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic 8 11 4 3 5 8 17 22 39
Research Centre for Applied Linguistics 1 2 3 5 6 17 10 24 34
English 55 64 5 11 25 50 85 125 210
Total for Degree Committee 64 77 12 19 36 75 112 171 283
 
Modern and Medieval Languages
French 5 14 2 9 2 5 9 28 37
German 3 4 6 5 0 2 9 11 20
Italian 6 10 2 4 1 3 9 17 26
Linguistics 7 10 8 8 5 8 20 26 46
Other Languages 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 2 3
Slavonic Studies 0 2 3 1 0 1 3 4 7
Spanish and Portuguese 1 9 0 2 2 0 3 11 14
Modern and Medieval Languages 11 12 3 8 5 9 19 29 48
Total for Degree Committee 33 61 25 39 15 28 73 128 201
 
Music
Total for Degree Committee 16 12 6 5 15 7 37 24 61
 
Oriental Studies
Total for Degree Committee 16 17 12 7 38 40 66 64 130
 
Philosophy
Total for Degree Committee 16 3 8 3 11 3 35 9 44
 
School of the Humanities and Social Sciences
Archaeology and Anthropology
Archaeology 22 19 8 21 19 47 49 87 136
Biological Anthropology 10 13 3 10 8 14 21 37 58
Social Anthropology 14 17 20 21 14 25 48 63 111
Total for Degree Committee 46 49 31 52 41 86 118 187 305
 
Economics and Politics
Total for Degree Committee 41 10 38 12 41 25 120 47 167
 
Education
Total for Degree Committee 13 24 5 26 42 122 60 172 232
 
History
Total for Degree Committee 124 57 43 22 67 65 234 144 378
 
History and Philosophy of Science
Total for Degree Committee 21 10 1 4 19 14 41 28 69
 
International Studies
Centre for International Studies 49 17 38 27 67 59 154 103 257
Centre for Latin-American Studies 0 4 1 2 0 7 1 13 14
Total for Degree Committee 49 21 39 29 67 66 155 116 271
 
Land Economy
Development Studies Committee 12 6 13 3 54 57 79 66 145
Land Economy 1 3 2 3 8 20 11 26 37
Total for Degree Committee 13 9 15 6 62 77 90 92 182
 
Law
Institute of Criminology 6 13 4 6 10 15 20 34 54
Law 19 10 18 10 25 18 62 38 100
Total for Degree Committee 25 23 22 16 35 33 82 72 154
 
Social and Political Sciences
Total for Degree Committee 13 16 16 19 37 38 66 73 139
 
School of the Physical Sciences
Earth Sciences and Geography
Earth Sciences 41 27 1 0 10 11 52 38 90
Geography 26 28 9 7 21 31 56 66 122
Scott Polar Research Institute 5 3 4 3 4 6 13 12 25
British Antarctic Survey 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Total for Degree Committee 73 58 14 10 35 48 122 116 238
 
Mathematics
Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics 65 6 43 8 48 21 156 35 191
Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics 37 9 18 12 25 10 80 31 111
MRC Biostatistics Unit 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total for Degree Committee 102 15 61 20 73 31 236 66 302
 
Physics and Chemistry
Institute of Astronomy 23 10 6 1 8 7 37 18 55
Chemistry 143 63 38 20 36 35 217 118 335
Materials Science and Metallurgy 59 26 19 8 56 22 134 56 190
Physics 132 39 40 15 76 29 248 83 331
IRC in Superconductivity 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total for Degree Committee 357 138 103 44 176 93 636 275 911
 
School of the Biological Sciences
Biology 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 2
Anatomy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Biochemistry 46 35 16 10 30 29 92 74 166
Experimental Psychology 8 13 11 3 10 11 29 27 56
Genetics 14 10 4 17 11 11 29 38 67
Pathology 32 40 5 12 8 15 45 67 112
Pharmacology 8 10 1 6 12 16 21 32 53
Plant Sciences 12 17 3 6 13 8 28 31 59
Physiology 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 2
Zoology 28 36 15 11 12 15 55 62 117
Babraham Institute, BBSRC 22 33 4 4 7 4 33 41 74
MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit 6 8 2 3 2 3 10 14 24
MRC Cancer Cells Unit 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dunn Human Nutrition Unit 23 12 1 0 7 4 31 16 47
European Bioinformatics Institute 2 2 10 4 4 3 16 9 25
MRC Resource Centre for Human Nutrition Research 1 8 1 0 0 1 2 9 11
Molecular Biology, MRC Laboratory 25 18 12 12 16 10 53 40 93
MRC Centre for Protein Engineering 2 4 3 1 6 0 11 5 16
The Sanger Centre 10 9 10 5 11 12 31 26 57
Physiology, Development, and Neuroscience 28 25 10 8 16 23 54 56 110
UK HGMP Resource Centre 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total for Degree Committee 268 280 108 103 167 165 543 548 1091
 
School of Clinical Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Clinical Biochemistry 10 8 1 3 2 5 13 16 29
Clinical Neurosciences 11 10 6 4 9 6 26 20 46
Clinical Pharmacology Unit 3 8 0 2 0 0 3 10 13
Haematology 3 4 3 1 7 0 13 5 18
Laboratory for Medicinal Chemistry 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1
Medicine 24 21 9 10 7 6 40 37 77
MRC Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair 3 4 0 7 3 2 6 13 19
Medical Genetics 3 9 1 2 5 4 9 15 24
Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2 1 0 1 1 4 3 6 9
Oncology 11 3 5 8 9 10 25 21 46
Paediatrics 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2
Psychiatry 7 13 3 4 8 7 18 24 42
Public Health and Primary Care 3 6 0 1 10 9 13 16 29
Radiology 5 1 2 0 0 2 7 3 10
Surgery 10 3 4 1 4 4 18 8 26
Clinical Medicine 9 20 3 2 9 10 21 32 53
Institute of Public Health 2 1 0 2 2 1 4 4 8
Animal Health Trust 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Veterinary Medicine 14 8 2 4 6 5 22 17 39
Total for Degree Committee 121 121 40 52 83 75 244 248 492
 
School of Technology
Computer Laboratory 65 11 24 8 77 18 166 37 203
Total for Degree Committee 65 11 24 8 77 18 166 37 203
 
Engineering
Chemical Engineering 41 10 12 4 39 19 92 33 125
Institute of Biotechnology 11 9 6 7 16 10 33 26 59
Engineering 179 37 101 25 370 104 650 166 816
Total for Degree Committee 231 56 119 36 425 133 775 225 1000
 
Business and Management 24 11 53 28 77 57 154 96 250
Total for Degree Committee 24 11 53 28 77 57 154 96 250
 
TOTAL FOR ALL DEGREE COMMITTEES 2006 1810 1136 830 594 1715 1340 4355 3070 7425


Table 5c: Graduate Students on the register in December 2006, by sex and fee status

  Home EU Overseas Total %
 MenWomenMenWomenMenWomenMenWomenAllWomen
19971709882447322119876033541964531837
19981648930474320124380633652056542138
19991598925532346119685833262129545539
20001574991545373125086433692228559740
200115071029557387131894433822360574241
200215651009569386139096535242360578441
2003160310215454091445102735932457605041
2004164810656194781448107337152616633141
2005182711787465571688131142613046730742
2006179611768205861711133643273098742542


Table 5d: Proportions of women among those applying, receiving offers, being admitted, and in the resident population of Graduate Students (last ten years with 1988 for comparison)

YearApplyingOffers of admissionAdmittedIn residence
198826%29%29%28%
199737%38%39%37%
199838%35%39%38%
199937%39%43%39%
200039%40%42%40%
200140%41%42%37%
200243%34%41%40%
200341%39%42%41%
200443%44%44%41%
200543%43%43%41%
200642%43%45%42%


Table 5e: Distribution of Graduate Students by College, December 2006

 HomeEUOverseasTotal
 MenWomenMenWomenMenWomenMenWomenAll
Christ's College54137426188735122
Churchill College5822401611871216109325
Clare College796519193623134107241
Clare Hall182532256558115108223
Corpus Christi College45462514332410384187
Darwin College145135676114795359291650
Downing College73442423493014697243
Emmanuel College6041151324219975174
Fitzwilliam College54182917774816083243
Girton College4529278623613473207
Gonville and Caius College90382317322714582227
Homerton College3317151134258253135
Hughes Hall6131472612475232132364
Jesus College85502617513116298260
King's College73481714463713699235
Lucy Cavendish College-26-14-5409494
Magdalene College6024187452612357180
New Hall-22-6-4507373
Newnham College-68-32-670167167
Pembroke College58402416512413380213
Peterhouse321616927227547122
Queens' College965330236866194142336
Robinson College4015981112603595
St Catherine's College56421515422811385198
St Edmund's College381734211075817996275
St John's College753951387763203140343
Selwyn College53262713332611365178
Sidney Sussex College43222715362910666172
Trinity College1184738258753243125368
Trinity Hall564329235440139106245
Wolfson College98548936149104336194530
TOTAL FOR ALL COLLEGES1796117682058617111336432730987425


Table 6a: Submission of Ph.D. dissertations within four, five, and six years by cohorts starting in the academical year shown

 Dissertation submitted within
cohort start year4 years5 years6 years
199368%83%87%
199470%84%87%
199573%84%88%
199672%84%87%
199770%83%88%
199874%84%89%
199970%85%90%
200068%84%89%
200169%82%87%
200269%84%

These figures do not include candidates who withdrew within 12 months of starting.


Table 6b: Ph.D. four-year submission rates, men and women, by School

Cohort commencing:2002200120001999
SchoolMenWomenTotalMenWomenTotalMenWomenTotalMenWomenTotal
Arts and Humanities64%41%53%64%64%64%72%63%67%68%34%51%
Humanities and Social Sciences57%49%54%47%42%45%47%49%48%62%55%59%
Physical Sciences78%65%74%81%84%82%73%72%73%81%73%79%
Technology62%64%63%63%72%65%62%67%67%65%57%64%
Biological Sciences75%74%75%80%77%79%80%79%80%83%85%84%
Clinical Medicine69%78%73%68%82%74%75%63%69%86%42%70%
University69%63%66%68%69%69%68%67%68%74%64%70%

Figures do not include candidates who withdrew within 12 months of starting.


Table 7: Students approved for degrees by the Board

 M.Phil. 
 Ph.D.M.Sc.M.Litt.(One-year)(Two-year)M.St.All Degrees
 MenWomenMenWomenMenWomenMenWomenMenWomenMenWomenMenWomenAll
199755623672224623383210305801610
199856723772294223142110005631563
19995192946201448364009736611634
20005262777424451407009866921678
20015412894213448397009946911685
200253835522024814510010218101831
200353430221105164190010537221775
200453436554405514750910948531947
2004/2005*514362523063250908422612228812103
2005/2006623382211063759364524013619802341
2006/2007602363233064158542704613689532321

*Figures up to 2004 are for a calendar year; the figure for the academical year 2004-05 includes awards made during the period October-December 2004, which therefore appear twice in this table.

Table 8: Candidates not approved for the qualification sought

 Ph.D.
 _____________________________________________________________M.Sc. or M.Litt.M.Phil.M.St.
 Approved for
M.Sc./M.Litt. on
original Dissertation
Approved for
M.Sc./M.Litt.
on revised Dissertation

Not approved for
any degree

Not approved for
any degree


Not approved


Not approved
 MenWomenMenWomenMenWomenMenWomenMenWomenMenWomen
1994321-----1411n.d.n.d.
19955131----136n.d.n.d.
19961132--1-111n.d.n.d.
19971-21--1-98n.d.n.d.
199821222---87n.d.n.d.
1999-211----82n.d.n.d.
2000421-----63n.d.n.d.
2001112-1---84n.d.n.d.
200201200000415n.d.n.d.
20030010000014712
2004-05312001109232
2005-06100000004621
2006-07000002007420


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