Some 1,685 new PhDs were awarded by Greek universities in 2019, with more than half of the new holders being women (52.3 percent), breaking a pattern for the first time since 2015.
Most of the PhDs awarded (28.5 percent) were in the health and medical sciences, the National Documentation Center (EKT) reported on Friday.
The second most popular sector was in natural science research (24.6 percent), followed by social sciences (22.4 percent).
Lower percentages were registered in engineering and technology (16.1 percent) and the humanities (13.5 percent). Agricultural sciences registered the lowest number of PhDs, with only 2.9 percent.
Universities in the Attica region awarded most of these PhDs (42.3 percent), followed by universities in the central Macedonia region (20.5 percent) and in western Greece (8.2 percent). Universities on the island of Crete awarded the lowest number of doctorates (7.1 percent).
The figures for 2019 also show an increase of 65 new Ph.D. graduates compared to 2018, and 35 compared to 2017, the EKT report says.
Most of the new graduates are aged up to 35 years, followed by the 35-44 age group.
The majority of doctoral students completed their degree in five years (23.3 percent), while the basic funding sources for most doctoral students were personal funds and family support.
For those who completed their studies in 3-5 years, basic funding came from scholarships provided by Greek institutions.
EKT keeps an archive of all doctoral theses since 1985. Over 45,000 are available for free non-commercial use online at www.didaktorika.gr