5. Postgraduate Research Graduates
Postgraduate Research Graduates: Graduates are considered to be “Postgraduate Research Graduates” if they have graduated from either Masters Research or Doctoral programmes.
Overview of Graduate Population
- In 2018, there were 1,710 graduates (down from 1,733 in 2017)
- The large majority completed Doctoral programmes (77%)
- More than half were males (52%)
- Most studied Natural Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics, followed by Health & Welfare
Main Graduate Destination
5.1 Most Important Activity – Field of Study
Nine months after graduation, 88.5% of graduates were in employment. This was highest amongst Education graduates (97.1%), followed by Health & Welfare (91.2%).
This section relates only to graduates who are considered “In Employment”, as defined below. Thus, all figures reflect only the cohort of graduates defined as “In Employment”.
In Employment: Graduates are considered to be employed 9 months after graduation if they are working full-time, working part-time or due to start a job in the next 3 months.
5.2 Employed Graduates – Occupation/Sector
Of the graduates in employment, the most common occupation was Professional Occupations (59.2%). This was followed by Postdoctoral Researchers, at 20.8%.
Education (42.4%), Professional, Scientific & Technical Activities (15.7%), and Human Health & Social Work Activities (13.7%) were the largest sectors for employment 9 months after graduation.
5.3 Employed Graduates – County of Employment
Of the graduates in employment, 84% were employed in Ireland, while 16% were employed overseas. Of those employed in Ireland, Dublin (43%), Cork (13%) and Galway (11%) were the most popular counties of employment.
Of those employed overseas, Great Britain (28%), United States (19%) and the Netherlands (8%) were the most popular countries of employment.
5.4 Employed Graduates – Salary
The majority of Postgraduate Research Graduates were employees (94%) 9 months after graduation. A further 5% were self-employed, freelance or starting their own business.
Over half (53%) were on permanent or open-ended contracts. One-third (32%) were on fixed-term contracts with a duration of 12 months, while 8% were on fixed-term contracts with a duration of less than 12 months. The remaining were on temporary contracts, casual or employed through an agency.
Excluding those who refused to disclose their salary, 19.4% reported a salary range of €35,000 – €39,999. A further 15.2% earned between €50,000 – €59,999 nine months after graduation.
5.5 Employed Graduates – Placement/Work Experience
In total, 79.2% of graduates did not partake in any placements or work experience.
The most common placement length was more than 6 months (53%), followed by 4-6 months (20%). One-fifth (15%) were more than 6 weeks but less than 4 months and 12% were less than 6 weeks long.
5.6 Employed Graduates – Relevance and Need
Most graduates considered their course Very Relevant or Relevant to their job (72%).
More than half (51.5%) of graduates stated that their qualification was a formal requirement for their job. One-fifth (21.5%) stated that the qualification was not a formal requirement for the job, yet gave them an advantage. A further 14.9% were already in the job when they had received the qualification.
5.7 Employed Graduates – Source of Job
One-fifth (23%) had already worked there (up from 17% in 2017) – this includes previous placements or work experience. A further 14% found their job through recruitment sites. Similarly, 14% found their job through personal contacts.
Further Study Outcomes
In Further Study: Graduates are considered to be in further study 9 months after graduation if they are enrolled in either full-time or part-time further study or training.
Overall, only 4% of Postgraduate Research Graduates pursued further study. For the most part, this consists of Masters Research graduates pursuing Doctoral programmes. Due to the low numbers, an in-depth analysis is not included.
Unemployment & Other Activities
This section relates only to graduates who are “Unemployed” or “Engaged in Other Activities”, as defined below. Thus, all figures reflect only these cohorts of graduates.
Unemployed: Unemployed graduates consist of graduates who are unemployed or looking for a job 9 months after graduation.
Engaged in Other Activities: Other activities include caring for family members or others, travelling, volunteering, illness, retirement, unemployed yet not seeking employment, and other.
5.8 Unemployed Graduates
Overall, only 5% of Postgraduate Research Graduates were unemployed and looking for work. Of these, 37.8% have been looking for a job since graduation. More than one-fifth (26.8%) were made redundant or their contract had ended. A further 14.5% had been travelling but now looking for a job.
In total, 3% of Postgraduate Research Graduates reported being engaged in other activities. One-fifth of these graduates were retired, and another fifth (19%) were engaged in home duties.
This section relates to ALL Postgraduate Research Graduates surveyed.
5.9 Reflections – Study Same Course Again
Graduates were asked if they would study the same course again – 65.9% said they were Very Likely or Likely.
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