What did they do? The field of study of domestic graduates 2008-2015

Publication Details

This report analyses the field of study of domestic graduates in the New Zealand tertiary education system between 2011 and 2015 for below bachelors level and between 2008 and 2015 for bachelors level or higher.

Author(s): Warren Smart, Ministry of Education

Date Published: November 2016

The Ministry of Education has revised the method used to derive the predominant field(s) of study since this report was published. To learn more about the revised methodology, read the technical note.

Summary

Our analysis shows that:

  • in Level 1 and 2 certificates, there was an increase in the proportion of graduates in the Mixed field programme field. Both the introduction of increased literacy and numeracy requirements and the changes in provision via the Level 1 and 2 tendering process and the introduction of the Youth Guarantee are likely factors in this trend
  • in Level 3 to 7 certificates/diplomas, the fields of Architecture and building, Society and culture, and Food, hospitality and personal services showed increases in share of graduates
  • at the bachelors or higher level, there was an increase in the proportion of graduates in STEM-related subjects
  • at the bachelors or higher level, universities had the highest number of graduates in every field of study
  • women continued to be more likely to graduate in fields such as nursing and teaching, while men continue to make up a higher proportion of graduates in areas such as engineering
  • Māori and Pasifika continued to be relatively less likely to graduate in STEM-related fields at the bachelors or higher level
  • overall, the results showed similar trends and patterns to our earlier analysis on the field of study of domestic graduates and domestic students/learners.

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