The proportion of graduates with First Class Honours going on to research degrees increased (from 52.3% to 55.8%), as did the proportion of PhD graduates starting postdoc positions increased (from 35.7% to 42.7%). Nevertheless, the proportions of First Class Honours graduates and of first degree graduates overall continuing biochemical training were still lower than their values in the 1990s. The high proportion (10.9%) with Class 2.2 Honours in the research pool suggests a lack of competition for PhD places. The proportions of first-degree and Master's graduates remaining in science for their first post (53.2% and 72.2%, respectively) were similar to the previous year, whereas that of PhD graduates increased (from 55.8% to 62.7%). Unemployment was low.

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