Chapter 4: Research degree completions

Funding formula and allocations

4.4The RDC measure is calculated as a weighted three-year rolling average, with additional weightings for the following factors:

4.5The formula used to calculate the number of RDCs for each TEO is:

RDC= [(cost weighting for relevant subject area) x (equity weighting) x (research component weighting)]

4.6The cost weightings for the various subject areas, as shown in Table 4.1 below, are the same as those applied in the QE part of the PBRF. They are determined by the course’s Student Achievement Component funding category as set down in the course register.

Table 4.1: Cost weighting

Student Achievement Component – Funding Category Weighting
A, I, J 1
B, L 2
C, G, H, M, Q 2.5
4.7Table 4.2 shows the equity weighting applied to each individual research degree completion. This weighting aims to encourage TEOs to enrol and support Māori and Pasifika students, as their representation at higher levels of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework is low.8 The ethnicity weighting is applied to each matched course completion record, based on the student ethnicity from the student file associated with the matched enrolment.

Table 4.2: Equity weighting

Ethnicity Weighting
Māori 2
Pasifika 2
All other ethnicities 1

4.8The research component weighting uses a “volume of research factor” (VRF) based on the volume of research making up the completed degree programme, as shown in Table 4.3.

Table 4.3: Research component weighting

Research component weighting VRF
Less than 0.75 EFTS 0
0.75 EFTS to 1.0 EFTS research component EFTS value of research component
Masters course of 1.0 thesis or more 1
Professional doctorate with research component EFTS value of research component
Doctorate 3

4.9For 2012 funding, the formula for the proportion of the RDC measure allocated to each TEO is:

∑ [(2008 RDC for TEO x 0.15) +
(2009 RDC for TEO x 0.35) +
(2010 RDC for TEO x 0.50)]
X total amount of funding available for the
RDC component of the PBRF
∑ [(Total 2008 RDC for all TEOs x 0.15) +
(Total 2009 RDC for all TEOs x 0.35) +
(Total 2010 RDC for all TEOs x 0.50)]

4.10For 2013 funding, the formula for the proportion of the RDC measure allocated to each TEO is:

∑ [(2009 RDC for TEO x 0.15) +
(2010 RDC for TEO x 0.35) +
(2011 RDC for TEO x 0.50)]
X total amount of funding available for the
​RDC component of the PBRF
∑ [(Total 2009 RDC for all TEOs x 0.15) +
(Total 2010 RDC for all TEOs x 0.35) +
(Total 2011 RDC for all TEOs x 0.50)]

8From the 2012 Quality Evaluation onwards, a strategic equity weighting of 4 will be applied to all RDCs in which the content of the thesis is written entirely in te reo Māori.