What are they doing? The field of study of domestic students/learners 2008-2015

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

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Date of last publication
Aug 2016

Key Results

Our analysis shows that:

  • in Level 1 and 2 certificates, there was an increase in the proportion of students/learners in the Mixed field programme field. Changes in the focus of this level of qualification (to give greater emphasis to foundation-level skills) is likely to have driven a change in content
  • 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 students/learners
  • at the bachelors or higher level, there was an increase in the proportion of students/learners enrolled in STEM-related subjects
  • at the bachelors or higher level, universities had the highest number of students/learners in every field of study
  • women were more likely to be studying in fields such as nursing and teaching, while there was a higher proportion of men in areas such as engineering
  • Māori and Pasifika were relatively less likely to be enrolled 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.

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