Chapter 4: Research degree completions

Research degree completions by TEO, 2008 to 2011

4.34The tables in the series that follows provide RDC counts for the years 2008 to 2011, thereby incorporating overlapping data used for two funding periods10 and allowing greater analysis of changes over time.

Table 4.8: RDCs by NQF/NZQF grouping with change between years, 2008 to 2011

TEO PBRF NQF/NZQF grouping 2008 Change 2007 → 2008 2009 Change 2008 → 2009 2010 Change 2009 → 2010 2011 Change 2010 → 2011 Total
The University of Auckland Doctorate 227 14% 245 8% 292 19% 321 10% 1,284
Masters 578 3% 706 22% 694 -2% 838 21% 3,375
Post Grad 27 -13% 5 -81% 5 0% 8 60% 76
University of Otago Doctorate 156 3% 177 13% 208 18% 220 6% 913
Masters 212 3% 223 5% 194 -13% 263 36% 1,097
Post Grad 17 -23% 19 12% 22 16% 36 64% 116
Massey University Doctorate 119 4% 121 2% 139 15% 120 -14% 613
Masters 249 15% 234 -6% 196 -16% 216 10% 1,112
University of Canterbury Doctorate 135 31% 117 -13% 111 -5% 113 2% 579
Masters 209 -17% 205 -2% 203 -1% 191 -6% 1,060
Post Grad   -100%         20   23
Victoria University of Wellington Doctorate 72 -22% 76 6% 141 86% 153 9% 534
Masters 258 34% 231 -10% 246 6% 405 65% 1,332
University of Waikato Doctorate 45 -24% 59 31% 61 3% 96 57% 320
Masters 135 2% 137 1% 191 39% 155 -19% 751
Auckland University of Technology Doctorate 46 254% 24 -48% 32 33% 39 22% 154
Masters 122 171% 135 11% 129 -4% 168 30% 599
Post Grad 14 27% 26 86% 43 65% 2 -95% 96

Table 4.8: RDCs by NQF/NZQF grouping with change between years, 2008 to 2011 – continued

TEO PBRF NQF/NZQF grouping 2008 Change 2007 → 2008 2009 Change 2008 → 2009 2010 Change 2009 → 2010 2011 Change 2010 → 2011 Total
Lincoln University Doctorate 20 -29% 33 65% 44 33% 51 16% 176
Masters 34 -8% 38 12% 35 -8% 33 -6% 177
Unitec New Zealand Doctorate   -100% 1     -100%     2
Masters 32 -22% 72 125% 80 11% 96 20% 321
Waikato Institute of Technology Masters 7 17% 3 -57% 7 133% 8 14% 31
Post Grad 9 -10% 11 22% 21 91% 12 -43% 63
Otago Polytechnic Doctorate   -100%             1
Masters 14 56% 5 -64% 8 60% 28 250% 64
Post Grad 1     -100%         1
Christchurch College of Education Masters   -100% 1     -100%     3
Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design Masters 10 -9% 5 -50% 18 260%   -100% 44
Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi Doctorate             2   2
Masters 3   3 0% 9 200% 4 -56% 19
Post Grad   -100%             7
Eastern Institute of Technology Masters     6   5 -17% 1 -80% 12
Laidlaw College Incorporated Masters 4 33% 6 50% 7 17% 4 -43% 24
Total   2,755   2,924   3,141   3,603   14,981

Universities

4.35Between 2008 and 2011, consecutive year-on-year growth in PhDs was reported by the University of Auckland, the University of Otago, Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Waikato. Over this period, the University of Auckland produced the highest increase in the number of RDCs for Doctorates (up by 94 to 321 counts in 2011), as well as Masters (up by 260 to 838 counts in 2011). Victoria University of Wellington experienced the biggest percentage rise in both level ten and level nine research degrees, up by 112.5 percent to 153 PhDs in 2011 and 56.98 percent to 405 Masters in 2011.

Other TEOsTop

4.36Given the small number of postgraduate completions at other TEOs, changes in RDCs that would otherwise be considered insignificant resulted in large percentage changes. Unitec New Zealand notably tripled its number of Masters from 32 completions in 2008 to 96 in 2011. Other significant positive changes were seen at Otago Polytechnic, which doubled its number of Masters over the period (to tally 28 in 2011), and Te Whare Wānanga O Awanuiārangi which awarded its first two doctorates in 2011. Conversely Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design reported no RDCs in 2011, its first zero result in this period.

10While these counts were accurate at the time funding decisions were made in late 2012, for 2013 indicative funding they may be subject to change. Any revisions for the years 2009 to 2011 will be reflected in the PBRF Annual Report 2013.