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TARGETpostgrad Postgraduate Study and Funding Annual Survey 2015

This survey examines students' attitudes to undertaking postgraduate study: what drives them to consider postgraduate study; what influences their choice of institution; and how they plan to finance their studies. 

The survey was online on targetpostgrad.com for three weeks in February/March 2015 and attracted almost 1,400 responses. Many responses were coloured by a tangible concern with costs and funding.

Many of the same questions were asked in the 2014 survey, enabling comparisons to be made and trends to be identified.  

Key findings

• The top two reasons for wanting to do postgraduate study are a passion for the subject and to get a better job.

• Although most plan to go straight into postgraduate study, a significant percentage of UK students plan to wait a few years, perhaps influenced by the need to accumulate funds first.

• The top two reasons for not enrolling on a postgraduate course were the same as in 2014 and 2013: the cost and the lack of funding available.  

• Nearly 25% are actively considering postgraduate study in subjects different from their undergraduate degree.

• 75% were 'confident' or 'very confident' about landing a related job after completing postgraduate study but men were much more confident than women, engineers more confident than arts students, privately-educated more confident than state-educated, and international students twice as confident as UK nationals.

• Nearly 40% said that they would consider taking a postgraduate course outside the UK with USA, Germany and Canada the top three destinations, an increase from 2014.  

Author(s): GTI Media

Production date: 2015

How to obtain: Download TARGETpostgrad Postgraduate Study and Funding Annual Survey 2015

Communities: Recruiters and Partners, Postgraduate, Internationalisation, Careers Information, Careers Advice and Guidance

Audiences: Careers practitioners , Students and graduates - all

Format: Web



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