Published: 11 June 2014

Number of higher university degrees grew by close on 6 per cent


According to Statistics Finland's education statistics, nearly six per cent more higher university degrees were attained at universities than one year earlier. In 2013, the number of higher university degrees was 14,600 and that of lower university degrees 13,200. Nearly five per cent more doctorate degrees were attained than in the year before. In all, 1,700 doctors graduated. A total of 30,300 degrees were attained at universities in 2013.

Completed university degrees 2001–2013

Completed university degrees 2001–2013

Of all degrees completed at universities, nearly six per cent were attained by foreign students, the figure being nine per cent for higher university degrees and close on 18 per cent for doctorate degrees.

Completed university degrees by fields of education (Educational Administration’s classification 1995) in 2013

Completed university degrees by fields of education (Educational Administration’s classification 1995) in 2013

In 2013, most degrees were completed in the female-dominated fields of humanities and education, 28 per cent. Nearly the same number of degrees was completed in administration and commerce, 27 per cent, and the third most degrees were completed in the field of technology and transport, 17 per cent. Most doctorate degrees were completed in the field of technology and transport, 24 per cent.

In 2013, the median time for completing a higher university degree was 6.5 years. Examined by programme, the graduation times were shortest for Master of Arts (Dance), four years. Architects had the longest graduation times, 8.5 years. The medians were calculated from gross study times, so the study times also include months of absence. In addition, studying may have been part-time. The study times were calculated at an accuracy of one month.

Examined by university, most degrees were completed at the University of Helsinki, 6,100. The second most degrees were attained at Aalto University and the University of Turku, in both 3,400 degrees. In 2013, the Theatre Academy, the Academy of Fine Arts and the Sibelius Academy were united as the University of the Arts Helsinki, where 400 degrees were attained. More detailed information on degrees attained at universities, for instance, by field of education and university, can be found in the appendix tables .


Source: Education. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Anna Loukkola 029 551 3678, koulutustilastot@stat.fi

Director in charge: Riitta Harala

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Tables

Tables in databases

Appendix tables


Updated 11.6.2014

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): University education [e-publication].
ISSN=2324-0148. University students 2013. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 15.11.2019].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/yop/2013/02/yop_2013_02_2014-06-11_tie_001_en.html