Australian students are increasingly choosing to take a bachelor of science (BS) degree over a doctorate, according to a survey.
Posted on Monday, September 11, the survey, which was conducted by the Australian Medical Association’s Graduate Student Medical Education Committee, found that 61 per cent of graduates in the field of medical education chose to pursue a doctoral degree.
That number was up from 57 per cent in 2013, when the survey was conducted.
It also showed that in 2014, students were less likely to choose a doctor of veterinary medicine degree (DVM) over a BSc degree, with only 24 per cent choosing a DVM.
While the survey’s overall results may not be all that surprising given the recent spate of coronavirus outbreaks, it did reveal some interesting trends.
A quarter of graduates who completed the survey said they did not want to be a doctor.
In comparison, only 12 per cent said they would be more likely to become a doctor, if they did choose to go.
Students were more likely than not to prefer a doctor degree over an MSc degree.