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hugjen, Completion rates of students in higher education, graduates, specialist field (for example social studies, law, the humanities), Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, undergraduate studies, postgraduate studies, completion timeTertiary education, Education
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Completion rates of students in higher education

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Key figures

66 %

of new students completed a degree within 8 years

New entrants to higher education and awarded qualification after 8 years. Sex. Numbers and per cent1
TotalMalesFemales
1Students who enrolled in tertiary education for the first time from 1.10.yyyy -1 to 30.09.yyyy.(Example: 2006 is refering to 1.10.2005-30.09.2006)
Academic year and awarded qualification
1999
Total38 37115 93222 439
Doctorates, Ph.D0.20.30.1
Tertiary graduates from programmes longer than 4 years16.119.513.8
Tertiary graduates from programmes lasting 2-4 years42.932.050.6
No awarded qualification40.848.235.5
 
2009
Total46 45219 65826 794
Doctorates, Ph.D0.50.70.3
Tertiary graduates from programmes longer than 4 years24.927.522.9
Tertiary graduates from programmes lasting 2-4 years40.332.845.9
No awarded qualification34.339.130.9

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Table 1 
New entrants to higher education and awarded qualification after 8 years. Parents’ level of education. Numbers and per cent

New entrants to higher education and awarded qualification after 8 years. Parents’ level of education. Numbers and per cent1
Parents' level of education
Asolute figuresPer cent
TotalTertiary education, longTertiary education, shortUpper secondary educationPrimary and lower secondary educationUnknown educationAll education levelsTertiary education, longTertiary education, shortUpper secondary educationPrimary and lower secondary educationUnknown education
1Students who enrolled in tertiary education for the first time from 1.10.yyyy-1 to 30.09.yyyy. (Example: 2006 is refering to 1.10.2005-30.09.2006)
Academic year and awarded qualification
1999
Total38 3714 60810 37617 6543 5892 144100.0100.0100.0100.0100.0100.0
Doctorates, Ph.D7651060550.20.10.10.00.02.6
Tertiary graduates from programmes longer than 4 years6 1961 6002 1351 77617251316.134.720.610.14.823.9
Tertiary graduates from programmes lasting 2-4 years16 4531 4004 4898 5231 65139042.930.443.348.346.018.2
No awarded qualification15 6461 6033 7427 3491 7661 18640.834.836.141.649.255.3
 
2009
Total46 4525 99414 49917 2003 5575 202100.0100.0100.0100.0100.0100.0
Doctorates, Ph.D21863432020.50.10.00.00.13.9
Tertiary graduates from programmes longer than 4 years11 5442 8194 2442 5713211 58924.947.029.314.99.030.5
Tertiary graduates from programmes lasting 2-4 years18 7391 8826 3868 1641 42788040.331.444.047.540.116.9
No awarded qualification15 9511 2873 8666 4611 8062 53134.321.526.737.650.848.7

Table 2 
New entrants to higher education and awarded qualification after 8 years. Age. Numbers and per cent

New entrants to higher education and awarded qualification after 8 years. Age. Numbers and per cent1
Awarded Qualification
Awarded qualification totalDoctorates, Ph.DTertiary graduates from programmes longer than 4 yearsTertiary graduates from programmes lasting 2-4 yearsNo awarded qualificationAwarded qualification totalDoctorates, Ph.DTertiary graduates from programmes longer than 4 yearsTertiary graduates from programmes lasting 2-4 yearsNo awarded qualification
1Students who enrolled in tertiary education for the first time from 1.10.yyyy-1 to 30.09.yyyy. (Example: 2006 is refering to 1.10.2005-30.09.2006)
2Age at the end of the academic year
Academic year and age2
1999
Total38 371766 19616 45315 646100.00.216.142.940.8
0-20 years17 970154 3337 8045 818100.00.124.143.432.4
21-24 years10 434171 2634 4664 688100.00.212.142.844.9
25-29 years3 619173061 5691 727100.00.58.543.447.7
30-39 years4 124222341 8632 005100.00.55.745.248.6
40 years or older2 2245607511 408100.00.22.733.863.3
 
2009
Total46 45221811 54418 73915 951100.00.524.940.334.3
0-20 years22 871177 77610 0924 986100.00.134.044.121.8
21-24 years11 890482 5205 1064 216100.00.421.242.935.5
25-29 years4 0611018081 3541 798100.02.519.933.344.3
30-39 years3 734493581 3551 972100.01.39.636.352.8
40 years or older3 8963828322 979100.00.12.121.476.5

Table 3 
New entrants in selected bachelor programmes and awarded qualification after 5 years. Sex and age. Numbers and per cent

New entrants in selected bachelor programmes and awarded qualification after 5 years. Sex and age. Numbers and per cent1
2012-2017
NumbersPer cent
TotalTotalCompleted one of the selected courses of studyNot completed any of the selected courses of study
Completed within 3 years2Completed within 5 years2Still enrolled in one of the selected tertiary programmesAwarded another qualification than the selected courses of studyStill enrolled in other tertiary programme, not included in the selected programmesDropped out within first yearDropped out after the first year or within final year
1Students who enrolled in selected undergraduate courses for the first ime from, 1.10.YYYY-1 -30.09.YYYY
2Calculation of "number of years": -3 years = 40 months, 5 years = 41-64 months
Sex, age and completed cours of study
Both sexes35 1001004918815712
Males14 5971004415915817
Females20 503100532071469
 
Age
0-20 years14 8791005019916410
21-24 years12 6391005215814614
25-29 years3 33610046177121116
30-39 years2 64810042225121316
40 years or older1 59810042234121515
 
Completed course of study
Bachelor degree, pre-school teacher/kindergarten teacher education2 336100482850189
Bachelor degree, Vocational teacher, foundation programme559100681331276
Bachelor degree, Engineering, foundation programme3 5181005416903612
Bachelor degree, Nursing, foundation programme4 041100552371167
Bachelor degree, Health care, foundation programme ( not nursing)2 331100532461358
Bachelor degree, Health, Welfare and Sport2 736100571761359
Bachelor degree, Humanities and Arts3 491100421311261016
Bachelor degree, teacher training and education, not general teacher training program55010049171025611
Bachelor degree, Social Sciences and Law Studies3 8621004915929611
Bachelor degree, Business and Administration subjects7 5411004314825819
Bachelor degree, Natural Sciences/Vocational and Technical subjects2 77810041171119614
Bachelor degree, Primary Industries2121004915615817
Bachelor degree, Transport and Communication, Safety and Security and Other Services1 044100711630134
Bachelor degree, Unspecified1011008414-----

Table 4 
New entrants in general 4 years teacher training programme and awarded qualification after 6 years. Sex, educational institution and parents’ level of education. Numbers and per cent

New entrants in general 4 years teacher training programme and awarded qualification after 6 years. Sex, educational institution and parents’ level of education. Numbers and per cent1
2011-2017
Absolute figuresPer cent
TotalTotalCompleted within 4 years2Completed within 6 years2Still in the same course of studyAwarded another quali-ficationIn a different course of study in higher education 1.10. last yearDropped out within first yearDropped out after the first year or within final year
1Including students started education for the first time, during the period 1.10.YYYY-1 -30.09.YYYY (Example: 2004 is refering to 1.10.2003-30.09.2004)
2Calculation of "number of years": -4 years = 52 months, 6 years = 53-76 months
3Longer than 4 years.
42-4 years.
Sexes
Both sexes2 4831005213311688
Males66510045113991212
Females1 8181005514312467
 
Educational institution
Finnmark University College2410042401342513
University of Nordland/Bodø University College7510040131891216
Nesna University College341004724063318
Nord-Trøndelag University College1011004719198512
Sør-Trøndelag University College3591005512214666
Volda University College9310039173951215
Sogn og Fjordane University College631006024220103
Bergen University College3381005412113757
Stord/Haugesund University College4910043204120128
University of Stavanger/Stavanger University College15310047123124129
University of Agder/Agder University College156100588412585
Telemark University College1421003727545157
Vestfold University College9210048144571210
Buskerud University College901005393123109
Hedmark University College14310062839746
Østfold University College881005311315657
Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences404100578113669
NLA University College7910046221011345
 
Parents' level of education
Mother or father has long tertiary education32011005213211848
Mother or father has short tertiary education49961005612211668
Mother or father has upper secondary education1 1271005015211598
Mother or father has primary and lower secondary education13810046117104129
Not stated2110033005141929

Table 5 
New entrants in selected 5-year master programmes and awarded qualification after 7 years. Sex and age. Numbers and per cent

New entrants in selected 5-year master programmes and awarded qualification after 7 years. Sex and age. Numbers and per cent1
2010-2017
Absolute figuresPer cent
TotalTotalCompleted within 5 years2Completed within 7 years2Still enrolled in one of the selected tertiary programmesGraduated from a tertiary programme lasting 2-4 yearsGraduated from other tertiary programme longer than 4 years, not included in the selected programmesStill enrolled in other tertiary programme, not included in the selected programmesDropped out within first yearDropped out after the first year or within final year
1Including students who started in tertiary education for the first time during the period 1.10.YYYY-1 -30.09.YYYY
2Calculation of 'number of years': -5 years = -64 months, 7 years = 65-88 months
Both sexes4 627100.048.222.45.67.31.64.92.77.2
Males2 222100.047.221.56.17.31.54.93.28.4
Females2 405100.049.123.35.27.41.74.92.16.1
 
Age at start
0-20 years2 406100.047.826.76.27.71.35.01.24.2
21-24 years1 588100.050.620.04.88.02.35.22.46.9
25-29 years407100.048.915.76.45.41.02.25.215.2
30-39 years165100.037.66.74.23.01.86.715.224.8
40 years or older61100.027.96.66.61.60.08.218.031.1
 
Education at end
Master degree, law880100.044.928.46.75.21.13.04.06.7
Cand.psychol.-utdanning278100.061.528.45.81.10.01.40.71.1
Master degree, pharmacy123100.071.56.53.34.92.46.52.42.4
Cand.med.vet.-utdanning69100.023.253.67.22.90.05.80.07.2
Master degree, dentistry140100.060.015.02.91.47.110.02.90.7
Business and economics graduate/Master degree, economics and administration157100.058.010.23.815.93.80.61.36.4
Master degree, science and technology1 660100.051.623.55.36.61.45.11.74.9
Master of Science50100.042.016.08.014.00.012.02.06.0
Master degree, humanities/arts72100.063.912.52.81.41.40.02.815.3
Master degree, teacher training and760100.040.514.55.515.00.88.23.911.6
Master degree, social sciences/legal106100.046.214.25.717.05.73.83.83.8
Master degree, natural sciences/309100.039.530.47.82.32.64.23.99.4
Master degree, primary industries14100.064.37.10.00.00.07.10.021.4

Table 6 
New entrants in selected 1 ½- and 2-year master programmes and awarded qualification after 4 years. Sex and age. Numbers and per cent

New entrants in selected 1 ½- and 2-year master programmes and awarded qualification after 4 years. Sex and age. Numbers and per cent1
2013-2017
Absolute figuresPer cent
TotalTotalCompleted within 2 years2Completed within 4 years2Still enrolled in one of the selected tertiary programmesGraduated from other tertiary programme longer than 4 years, not included in the selected programmesStill enrolled in other tertiary programme, not included in the selected programmesDropped out within first yearDropped out after the first year or within final year
1Including students started education for the first time, during the period 1.10.YYYY-1 -30.09.YYYY
2Calculation of 'number of years': -2 years = -28 months, 4 years = 29-52 months.
Sex, age and completed cours
Both sexes12 831100.051.220.06.00.32.49.011.0
Males5 663100.055.517.64.70.21.88.711.5
Females7 168100.047.822.07.10.32.89.310.7
 
age at start
Less than 25 years4 505100.071.015.52.60.41.73.15.7
25-29 years3 687100.054.820.25.60.32.17.49.6
30-39 years2 376100.031.224.110.30.13.614.616.1
40 years or older2 263100.026.924.79.10.12.917.518.8
 
Completed cours
Business and economics graduate/Master degree, economics and administration991100.079.910.71.20.20.62.44.9
Master degree, science and technology760100.059.616.45.10.00.99.58.4
Master of Science1 305100.071.313.62.50.41.14.76.4
Master of Philosophy44100.070.511.44.50.02.36.84.5
Master of Arts11100.072.70.09.19.10.00.09.1
Master of Business Administration254100.017.742.95.90.02.817.313.4
Master of Management471100.081.72.80.40.00.28.36.6
Master of Technology Management11100.081.818.20.00.00.00.00.0
Other master degrees144100.036.114.611.10.02.811.124.3
Master degree, humanities/arts1 525100.047.525.06.30.33.66.610.6
Master degree, teacher training and1 223100.041.525.010.20.12.510.99.9
Master degree, social sciences/legal1 517100.041.521.66.50.94.111.713.8
Master degree, business/administration1 009100.035.021.98.10.43.510.520.6
Master degree, natural sciences/1 472100.063.117.03.90.11.77.17.1
Master degree, health/welfare/sport1 725100.034.725.710.10.23.011.714.6
Master degree, primary industries64100.071.915.61.60.03.14.73.1
Master degree, transport/ communica-305100.025.624.36.60.31.023.319.0

Table 7 
New entrants in PhD-programmes and awarded qualification after 5 years. Sex, age, and field of education. Numbers and per cent

New entrants in PhD-programmes and awarded qualification after 5 years. Sex, age, and field of education. Numbers and per cent1
2012-2017
TotalPer cent
TotalCompleted within 3 yearsCompleted within 5 yearsStill in the same course of studyDropped out
1New entrants in PhD-programmes during the period 1.10.yyyy-1 - 30.09.yyyy are included.
Sex and age at start
 
Both sexes1 625100.016.237.225.021.5
Less than 30 years690100.019.645.119.116.2
30 years or older935100.013.831.429.425.3
 
Males808100.016.841.020.421.8
Less than 30 years364100.019.250.315.115.4
30 years or older444100.014.933.324.827.0
 
Females817100.015.733.529.621.2
Less than 30 years326100.019.939.323.617.2
30 years or older491100.012.829.733.623.8
 
Sex and age field of education
Both sexes
Fields of education, total1 625100.016.237.225.021.5
Humanities and arts145100.017.226.930.325.5
Education48100.0-39.622.937.5
Social sciences and law226100.08.838.527.425.2
Business and administration54100.03.733.331.531.5
Natural sciences, vocational and technical subjects590100.018.543.920.217.5
Health, welfare and sport547100.019.232.227.820.8
Transport and communications, safety and security and other services14100.014.350.014.321.4
Unspecified field of study1100.0100.0---
 
Males
Fields of education, total808100.016.841.020.421.8
Humanities and arts74100.016.229.718.935.1
Education15100.0-53.3-46.7
Social sciences and law106100.011.339.624.524.5
Business and administration23100.04.356.530.48.7
Natural sciences, vocational and technical subjects354100.019.246.316.717.8
Health, welfare and sport229100.017.934.125.822.3
Transport and communications, safety and security and other services7100.028.657.1-14.3
Unspecified field of study------
 
Females
Fields of education, total817100.015.733.529.621.2
Humanities and arts71100.018.323.942.315.5
Education33100.0-33.333.333.3
Social sciences and law120100.06.737.530.025.8
Business and administration31100.03.216.132.348.4
Natural sciences, vocational and technical subjects236100.017.440.325.416.9
Health, welfare and sport318100.020.130.829.219.8
Transport and communications, safety and security and other services7100.0-42.928.628.6
Unspecified field of study1100.0100.0---

About the statistics

The statistics include all students registered at universities and colleges. Analyses of the completion rates are based on a cohort of new students in a given year and a description of their movements forward through the educational system.

Definitions

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Enrolled students: Students registered at a Norwegian educational institution.

Completed Education: Educational activities completed with a pass grade.

Calculation of number of years:

1 year = 16 months or less

2 years = 17-28 months

3 years = 29-40 months

4 years = 41-52 months

5 years = 53-64 months

6 years = 65-76 months

7 years = 77-88 months

8 years = 89-100 months

9 years = 101-112 months

10 years = 113-124 months

11 years = 125-136 months

12 years = 137-148 months

13 years = 149 months or more

Highest educational attainment of parents: Parental educational attainment encompasses all of the following levels: (1) Primary and lower secondary education, (2) Upper secondary education, (3) Higher education, short (at least two years but also 4 years or less) and (4) Higher education, long (more than four years).

See also definitions of highest level of education attained.  

Standard classifications

Educational activities are grouped by the Norwegian Standard Classification of Education which was established in 1970 by Statistics Norway and later revised in 1973, 1989 and 2000. Educational institutions are classified as being higher education by the Standard Industrial Classification.

For international puprposes, the ISCED 2011 is used (International Standard Classification of Education).

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Completion rates of students in higher education
Topic: Education

Responsible division

Division for education and culture statistics

Regional level

Figures are presented at national level and by educational institution. Data includes information that makes it possible to provide figures at other regional Levels.

Frequency and timeliness

Figures are published annually in June.

International reporting

Data is provided for UNESCO, OECD and Eurostat (U-O-E).

Microdata

All education statistics at Statistics Norway are stored in a proper, standardized manner in consultation with the Data Inspectorate.

It is possible to order special tables In addition to the tables that are published by contacting Statistics Norway on telephone +47 62 88 55 00, Division for Education Statistics. The price will depend on the size of the order.

Background

Background and purpose

There is a high demand for the collection of official statistics on education. Official education statistics are individually based and document the educational activities of all Norwegian residents from completion of lower secondary school to completion of all tertiary education including doctoral studies.

Norwegian statistics on education went through a structural reform in the early 1970's. All statistics on higher education were previously available through a census. The data is now individually based, with all educational activities being attached to each individual's Personal ID-number. This individually based data forms the basis for the National Education Database (NUDB). This database enables the production of different kinds of individual-based statistics on education and is important for the production of statistics on the flow of students through the educational system.

The purpose of this statistic is to document the completion rates of students in higher education. The statistics are individually based, reporting each educational activity for each student. Throughput statistics were first published in 2004.

The statistics are financed from State assignments.

Users and applications

Important users of the education statistics include the Ministry of Education and Research, public administration, research institutions, special interest organisations, media, business, industry and international organisations such as Eurostat, OECD and UNESCO.

In addition, data is used internally in Statistics Norway in publications and in assignments.

Equal treatment of users

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on ssb.no at 08 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given in the Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.

Coherence with other statistics

The Norwegian Institute for Studies in Research and Higher Education (NIFU) adjusts a number of statistics on throughput in higher education. These statistics are largely based on data from Statistics Norway.

Legal authority

Statistics Act, sections 2-1, 2-2 and 3-2.

EEA reference

Commission Regulation (EU) No 88/2011 of 2 February 2011 implementing Regulation (EC) No 452/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the production and development of statistics on education and lifelong learning, as regards statistics on education and training systems.

Production

Population

The statistics include all students registered at universities and colleges that are classified by the Standard Industrial Classification as a higher education institution. Analyses of the throughput of students are based on a cohort of new students in a given year and a description of their movements forward through the educational system. Alternatively, a cohort of graduates from a given year is taken and their movements are followed backwards through the educational system.

Data sources and sampling

Student data is collected from the administrative systems of the various higher education institutions. The most common administrative systems are M-STAS (used primarily by university colleges) and FS (used primarily by universities). Higher education institutions not using M-STAS and FS, must use their own administrative systems to create data files in the format specified by Statistics Norway. Data on Norwegian students abroad is obtained from the State Educational Loan Fund. The Health Personnel Register supplements data on health education.

Survey techniques are not employed in these statistics.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

Data collection: Pursuant to the Statistical Act, Statistics Norway collects student data from the Database for Statistics on Higher Education (DBH) and the administrative systems of the various higher education institutions.

Editing: Editing includes both control and revision. Control and revision is performed on all data received from educational institutions. It encompasses deletion of duplicate records, a control for correct and valid values for each variable and checks for missing information. Several variables are re-coded to comply with control programs run by Statistics Norway and personal ID-numbers are referenced against Statistics Norway's population database to check for errors.

Estimation: No estimation is performed. The statistics are based on enumeration of registered students and graduates from higher education.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant

Confidentiality

To prevent identification of individuals within the statistics, data is not released where less than three students are contained within a single cell in a table.

Comparability over time and space

Individually based data on competed education has been published annually since it was first collected in the 1973/74 school year. Most variables are comparable, but some have changed. The revised Norwegian Standard Classification of Education recoded education courses to enable comparison of newer and older data. While education courses are reasonably comparable over time, other variables are not (e.g. coding of institution types).

Statistics on the completion rates of students was published for the first time in 2004. A reform was taken into action in 2003. The main effect of this reform was to introduce Bachelor and Masters Degrees, thereby reducing the duration of undergraduate degrees in Norway from four to three years, and postgraduate degrees from six to five years. Completion rates of students statistics will not be entirely comparable during the period of transition to the new degree structure.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

Educational statistics comprise of data collected from the administrative systems of the various higher education institutions. Errors in the data can occur upon registration at the higher education institutions, or during the control and revision processes performed by Statistics Norway. It is difficult to know the extent of the errors made in the registers. A person may be wrongly registered as being a student. Overestimation of student numbers is common for universities where registration occurs with payment of registration fees rather than enrolment in subjects. It is difficult to estimate the extent of over-registration of students.

Underreporting of completed education in the academic years 2004/05 and 2005/06, were mainly a problem with Cand.Mag. degrees (Bachelor of Social Science) as they did not have a set curriculum. These degrees were often registered as completed once the diploma was issued rather than when the degree was actually completed. This time difference could lead to underreporting of graduates by actual academic year. These students (graduations) will therefore be reported in the throughput statistics as taking one year longer than they actually did to complete their degree.

Completion rates of students in higher education is defined as the number of years from first time registration in a higher education institution until graduation. The statistics are not readjusted if a student changes to a new degree. According to this definition, very few students who switch degrees underway will be able to finish within the expected timeframe. Deferment and part-time studying are not accounted for either.

Revision

See general principles for revisions in Statistics Norway.