The Bachelor’s degree has gained in popularity

The number of students taking the lower university degree increased in 2003 by more than a tenth from the previous year.

Taking the degree Last year, 4,367 first, postgraduate and professional postgraduate degrees were taken at the University of Helsinki. This is 238 degrees more than in the previous year. The biggest increase was in first degrees, with 1,159 students taking Bachelor’s degrees, which is 165 more than in the previous year.

“The reason is that students are anticipating the coming two-stage degree system,” says Maikki Naarala, Head of the Academic Affairs at the Faculty of Arts.

The Bachelor’s degree is taken as the first degree even if the student will carry straight on to the Master’s degree. To Naarala this makes sense. “Going for the Master’s as a first degree can be a bit daunting.”

Last year, 2,349 students took the Master’s degree, which is 75 per cent more that in the previous year. 70 per cent of them were women. 65 per cent of new students were women.

Text: Liisa Voutilainen
Photo: Eero Roine

Translation: Valtasana Oy

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