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79% of university students were enrolled in a bachelor’s degree in the past year, 15.3% in a master’s degree and 5.5% in a doctorate

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More than half of the doctoral students were women (50.3%)


The total number of students enrolled in the Spanish University System (SUE) in the 2021-2022 academic year is 1,690,947, a similar number to the previous year, of which undergraduates account for 79.1% of the enrolled students, masters students 15.3% and doctoral students 5.5 % according to university student statistics published by the Ministry of Universities.

As of the 2020-2021 academic year, there are no more cycle students (bachelor’s degrees, diplomas, etc.) in the Spanish university system. Enrollments continue to increase in master’s courses, as well as in bachelor’s courses, albeit less rapidly, and the number of enrollments in doctoral studies is stabilizing.

78% of students are enrolled in public universities, and distance learning students account for 17.4% of the total.


Of the total number of undergraduate students, 54.2% are aged between 18 and 21, with those over 30 accounting for 14%.

Taking nationality into account, the report points out that 6.3% are foreigners, mainly from the EU (2.7%) and Latin America and the Caribbean (1.6%).

In addition, the statistics show that the fields of science and technology, industry and construction have the highest percentages of students in public classroom universities.

At private universities, the majority of enrolled students, at 23.7%, can be found in the field of health and social work.

For their part, non-attendance universities are more strongly represented in the fields of education and social sciences, journalism and documentation.

The area with the highest proportion of women is education; in this area, the proportion in the field of teaching for early childhood education reaches 91.3%. Men are in the majority in engineering and construction, and especially computer science, accounting for 85% of enrolled students.

In the 2021/2022 academic year, 345,108 students will start a new degree. The field of study with the most first-year students is the social sciences and law with 46.4% of new matriculations, while the natural sciences are the worst with only 6.3%.

Private universities focus on the areas of health sciences and social sciences and law, with science hardly being represented. The majors in natural sciences and health sciences have the highest proportion of students with good admission grades, and the data are even sorted by gender.

The publication underlines that men enter the social sciences, law and humanities with lower grades than women.

On the other hand, the number of bachelor’s graduates in the 2020-2021 academic year was 207,646, excluding cycle graduates (bachelor’s degrees, diplomas and only second cycles). The science course was the one that considered the most graduates under the age of 25.

The humanities and humanities had the highest proportion of graduates over the age of 40, followed by social sciences and law.


In the academic year 2021-2022, the master’s programs continue their growth trend and reach 258,991 enrolled students. Taking nationality into account, 23.8% are foreigners (15.8% from Latin America and the Caribbean, 3.1% from the EU (28) and 2.7% from Asia and Oceania).

Preliminary data for the 2021-2022 academic year shows 93,652 enrolled PhD students. The number has stabilized around this value in recent courses.

The number of men and women is very similar at 50.3% women. In terms of age groups, 58% of students are over 30 years old.

The report highlights that the vast majority of PhD students (94%) study in public universities, scoring 98% in science.

The profile of the students varies greatly depending on the field of study: in educational sciences and health sciences and social affairs, more than 60% are women. Regarding the age of the students, only 33% in the natural sciences are over 30 years old.

Regarding nationality, it should be noted that 28.1% of PhD students are foreigners, most of them from Latin America and the Caribbean, 52.9%, followed by the European Union with 21.7% and Asia and Oceania with 14.8%.

Source europapress.es

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