Increase in Norwegian doctoral degrees

New figures show that 497 doctoral degrees were awarded in Norway the first six months of 2006. This is an increase compared to the same period last year, which was a record-breaking year for the number of Norwegian doctoral degrees.
This is the result of an analysis made by the Norwegian research institute NIFU STEP. The majority of the doctoral degrees were awarded at the universities, with the University of Oslo as the largest with 319 doctoral degrees in 2005.

In the first six months of 2005 every fourth doctoral degree was awarded within the humanities and social sciences, whereas the number had increased to every third in the same period of 2006. For medicine there are no changes, but all other areas have seen a decrease so far in 2006 compared to 2005.

Women are awarded 39 percent of the degrees, which has not changed since 2005.