AN EVALUATION OF ENROLMENT RATE IN POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES AT UNIVERSITY OF GRANADA

S. Bandres-Ciga1, V. Gómez-Murcia2, R. Durán1, F.J. Barrero1, C. Ruz1, M. Luna-Sánchez1, F. Vives1

1University of Granada (SPAIN)
2University of Murcia (SPAIN)
Introduction:
In the last decade, the desire to improve job prospects and the demands of a competitive market, has led to a rapid expansion of higher education with an increasing number of postgraduate students.

Aims:
To evaluate the enrolment rate in different Master programmes over the last 4 academic years at University of Granada. To assess whether there are differences between men and women.

Methods:
Statistical analyses were performed using SPSS v. 15.0 and data was obtained based on an online tool named Open data provided by University of Granada (http://opendata.ugr.es/).

Results:
Enrolment rates for the last 4 academic years are reported as follows; 2011/2012 (Men:1851 (42.5%); Women:2501 (57.5%); Total:4352), 2012/2013 (Men:1390 (41.5%), Women:1961 (58,5%), Total:3351), 2013/2014 (Men:1463 (41.9%), Women:2021 (58.1%) ,Total:3484) 2014/2015 (Men: 1681 (44.2%), Women:2122 (55.8%), Total:3803).

Conclusion:
Surprisingly, our results suggest that the demand for Master’s studies at University of Granada has substantially decreased since 2011 probably attributed to the worst peak of economic recession. Slightly increasing enrolment rates are observed between the 2012-2015 interval. However, the enrolment rate between men and women has not considerably varied over time.