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TARGETcourses Postgraduate Study
and Funding Survey 2014
Complete chart deck
Chris Phillips, Information and Research Dire...
Facts about the survey
• Annual survey conducted by TARGETcourses,
launched at Forum of PG admissions tutors at
University...
Chart deck explained
• This chart deck complements the full Report which
you can download from the GTI Media site

• It co...
Biographical questions
Are you....?

35%

65%

Male

Female
Are you a....?

19%

15%
66%

UK national

An EU national (ie Non UK)

An International student
What do you consider your ethnic origin to be?
White

66%

Chinese

7%

Black African

6%

Indian

5%

Mixed

4%

Other As...
Before going to university for your first degree, where
were you educated?

30%

57%
13%

In the state sector

In the priv...
Did you/do you work part time during term time to
fund your undergraduate degree?

41%

59%

Yes

No
Your degree course
Arts, Humanities and Languages
Life Sciences
Economics/Social Sciences
Business/Management
Physical Sci...
1.Survey questions
Combined results
Are you considering postgraduate courses in a similar
subject area to your first degree?

22%

78%

Yes

No
Why are you considering postgraduate courses where
the subject is different from your first degree?
I don't want a career ...
What are the 3 main reasons you are considering
postgraduate study? Tick 3 answers
Because I’m passionate about the subjec...
When are you thinking of doing a postgraduate course?
11%

30%
59%

Immediately after graduation
More than 3 years after g...
What are the most important reasons for choosing a
particular university? Rank 1 - 6, with 1 being most
important
The repu...
What are the most important reasons for choosing a particular
course? Rank 1 - 5, with 1 being most important
Because I’m ...
Which of the following statements do you agree with?
I received useful advice and information from
university websites

56...
Did you recieve positive encouragement from your
department to stay at your current university for
postgraduate study?

42...
What are the 2 major factors that would stop you enrolling
on a postgraduate course? Please tick only 2.
Too expensive

64...
How much of your own money are you willing to pay
to finance your postgraduate course?
Over £10,000

£5,000 - £10,000

10%...
How do you intend to finance your course? Select 3 most
likely sources of funding
Working part-time during course

61%

Bu...
Where will you live while studying for your
postgraduate degree?
In rented accommodation

71%

At my parents' house

18%

...
How have you researched the various ways to
finance postgraduate study? Tick all that apply.
I have checked the websites o...
Would you consider a part-time or online course if it
were available in your chosen subject area?

31%

35%

34%

Yes

No
...
Are you thinking about taking a postgraduate
course outside the UK?

35%

65%

Yes

No
Why are you considering postgraduate study outside
the UK. Tick all that apply.
Because I want to experience a different
c...
Which countries are you looking at for
postgraduate study? Tick all that apply
The USA

61%

Canada

29%

Germany

28%

Au...
How confident are you, after completing
postgraduate study, that you will get a related job?
Confident

53%

Not very conf...
2. Survey questions
Responses by subject of
undergraduate study
Are you....?

29%

27%

71%

73%

Science

Arts

36%

66%

64%

34%
Engineering

Female

Male

Social Science
Are you a....?

43%

9%
12%

9%
11%

29%
17%

18%

79%

79%
55%

39%

Engineering
UK national

Science
An EU national (ie ...
What do you consider your ethnic origin to be?
10.9%
9.7%

5.4%
3.6%
5.2%

1.5% 3.2%
2.2%

6.3%

11.4%

73.6%

79.7%

Scie...
Before going to university for your first
degree, where were you educated?
19%
54%

18%

15%

15%

39%
12%

12%

66%

67%
...
Did you/do you work part time during term time
to fund your undergraduate degree?

69%

31%

Yes

No

43%

Arts

Science

...
Are you considering postgraduate courses in a
similar subject area to your first degree?

23%

17%

77%

83%

Engineering
...
Why are you considering postgraduate courses where the
subject is different from your first degree?
11%
11%

12%
17%

37%
...
What are the three main reasons you are considering
postgraduate study? Please tick three answers
50%
31%
21%
70%

41%
44%...
When are you thinking of doing a postgraduate course?

9%

8%

26%

28%

65%

64%

Engineering

Science

Immediately after...
T o p 3 re a s o ns fo r c ho o s ing a univ e rs ity
T he re p uta tio n o f the univ e rs ity
T he re p uta tio n o f th...
T o p 3 re a s o ns fo r c ho o s ing a c o urs e

Eng ine e ring Sc ie nc e

Arts

So c ia l Sc ie nc e

T he re p uta ti...
How much of your own money are you willing to
pay to finance your postgraduate course?
18%

5%
17%

6%
21%

14%
27%

27%

...
H o w d o y o u inte nd to fina nc e y o ur c o urs e ? T o p 3 c ho ic e s
Bursary/studentship (eg from a Research Counci...
Where will you live while studying for your postgraduate
degree?

7%
7%

83%

Engineering
In rented accommodation

7%

8%
...
How have you researched the various ways to finance
postgraduate study? Please tick all that apply
19%
29%
29%
34%

24%
35...
Would you consider a part-time or online course if it
were available in your chosen subject area?

28%

35%

31%

33%

32%...
Are you thinking about taking a postgraduate course
outside the UK?

48%

52%

Engineering

30%

34%

37%

70%

66%

63%

...
Why are you considering postgraduate study outside the
UK? Please tick any that apply.

42%
29%
42%

51%
15%
42%

50%
24%
...
Which countries are you looking at for postgraduate
study? Please tick any that apply

23%

11%
14%
33%
9%
35%

19%
34%
23...
How confident are you, after completing
postgraduate study, that you will get a related job?
3%

2%

17%

24%

7%

24%

3%...
3. Survey questions
Responses by pre-HE education
Are you....?

67

64

63

33

36

37

In the state sector

In the private/independent
sector

At a school/college outside
...
Did you/do you work part time during term time
to fund your undergraduate degree?

54

46

In the state sector

64

67

36...
Students education background by degree subject
24 26 29 28 21 14 18 15 17
36
19 15 10 8
52 44 56 50 44
6 13
22 14 8
72
14...
What are the three main reasons you are considering
postgraduate study? Please tick three answers only
26

25

23

16
10
2...
What are the two major factors that would STOP you
enrolling on a postgraduate course? Please tick two only
11
6
6
17

11
...
How much of your own money are you willing to
pay to finance your postgraduate course?

5

11

19

17
24

19

29
25

26

2...
How do you intend to finance your course? Select
your THREE most likely sources of funding
9
8
26

8
8
22

16

23

24

21
...
Where will you live while studying for your
postgraduate degree?

10
2

26

7
2
5

8
3
16

87

62

In the state sector

In...
Would you consider a part-time or online course
if it were available in your chosen subject area?

31

32

36

40

36

In ...
Are you thinking about taking a
postgraduate course outside the UK?
27

73

In the state sector

34

52

66

48

In the
pr...
Why are you considering postgraduate study outside
the UK? Please tick any that apply.
9
24
22

10
25
20
35

12
21
29

In ...
How confident are you, after completing
postgraduate study, that you will get a related job?
2
18

21

57

50

23

27

In ...
4. Survey questions
Responses by nationality
What are the three main reasons you are considering
postgraduate study? Please tick three answers only
8
15
16
10

8
14
17...
When are you thinking of doing a postgraduate
course?

12
32

56

UK nationals
Immediately after graduation

7

9

30

24
...
T o p 3 re a s o ns fo r c ho o s ing a univ e rs ity
UK nationals
T he re p uta tio n o f the univ e rs ity
2
T he re p u...
T o p 3 re a s o ns fo r c ho o s ing a c o urs e
T he re p uta tio n o f the a c a d e mic s ta ff
Stro ng v o c a tio na...
Which of the following statements do you agree with? Please tick all
that apply

International students

31

19

18

17

7...
Did you receive positive encouragement from your
department to stay at your current university for
postgraduate study?

43...
What are the two major factors that would STOP you
enrolling on a postgraduate course? Please tick two
only
11
6
18
28

9
...
How much of your own money are you willing to pay to
finance your postgraduate course?

5

14

22

18
17

21

29
28

24

2...
How do you intend to finance your course? Select your
three most likely sources of funding
8
9
14
17

7
15
11
21

10
15
9
...
How have you researched the various ways to finance
postgraduate study? Please tick all that apply

19

10
17
11
19

11
17...
How confident are you, after completing
postgraduate study, that you will get a related job?
4

5

26

21

50

55

24

15
...
5. Survey questions
2013 survey vs 2014 survey
What are the three main reasons you are considering
postgraduate study? Please tick three answers only
68% 68%

66%

62%
4...
What are the most important reasons for choosing a
particular university? No 1 rankings
37

34
25

23
13

15
10

The reput...
What are the most important reasons for choosing a
particular course? No 1 rankings
56

55

18

17
10

Because I’m really
...
Advice and information to help you make the right decision
on postgraduate study. Which of the following statements do
you...
Did you receive positive encouragement from
your department to stay at your current
university for postgraduate study?
58%...
What are the two major factors that would STOP you enrolling
on a postgraduate course? Please tick two only
71%
64%

61%

...
How much of your own money are you willing to pay to finance
your postgraduate course?
29%
26%

17%

26%

28%

19%

18%

1...
How do you intend to finance your course? Select your
THREE most likely sources of funding
61% 61%

59% 60%
49% 47%
36%
32...
How have you researched the various ways to finance
postgraduate study? Please tick all that apply
76%

76%

38%

38%

36%...
Would you consider a part-time or online course if it were
available in your chosen subject area?
36%
35%

34%
33%
31%

31...
Are you thinking about taking a postgraduate course outside
the UK?
65%
60%

40%
35%

Yes

No

2013

2014
Why are you considering postgraduate study outside the
UK? Please tick any that apply.
74%

72%

49%

50%

49%

47%

23%

...
Which countries are you looking at for postgraduate study?
Please tick any that apply
65%
61%

31%
29%

28% 29%
26%
26%

2...
6. Survey questions
Confidence by gender
How confident are you, after completing
postgraduate study, that you will get a related job?
4

4
17

27

51
53

27

16

M...
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  1. 1. TARGETcourses Postgraduate Study and Funding Survey 2014 Complete chart deck Chris Phillips, Information and Research Director Emma Newton, Information Analyst GTI Media
  2. 2. Facts about the survey • Annual survey conducted by TARGETcourses, launched at Forum of PG admissions tutors at University of Birmingham in February 2014 • Survey live from 21 January to 9 February 2014 • Invitation to complete sent to all students on the TARGETcourses database who indicated that they were considering PG study • Completions: 1,933
  3. 3. Chart deck explained • This chart deck complements the full Report which you can download from the GTI Media site • It contains the combined responses of students to the questions in the survey, responses from the 2013 survey and responses cut in the following way: – By subject of undergraduate study – By pre-HE education – By nationality
  4. 4. Biographical questions
  5. 5. Are you....? 35% 65% Male Female
  6. 6. Are you a....? 19% 15% 66% UK national An EU national (ie Non UK) An International student
  7. 7. What do you consider your ethnic origin to be? White 66% Chinese 7% Black African 6% Indian 5% Mixed 4% Other Asian 3% Pakistani 3% Any other ethnic group 3% Black Caribbean 1% Bangladeshi 1% Black Other 0%
  8. 8. Before going to university for your first degree, where were you educated? 30% 57% 13% In the state sector In the private/independent sector At a school/college outside the UK
  9. 9. Did you/do you work part time during term time to fund your undergraduate degree? 41% 59% Yes No
  10. 10. Your degree course Arts, Humanities and Languages Life Sciences Economics/Social Sciences Business/Management Physical Sciences Law Medical Sciences Computing/IT Mechanical Engineering Maths Civil/Structural… Electrical/Electronic Engineering Art and Design Education Chemical Engineering Performing Arts 21% 16% 11% 9% 8% 8% 4% 4% 4% 3% 3% 3% 2% 2% 2% 1%
  11. 11. 1.Survey questions Combined results
  12. 12. Are you considering postgraduate courses in a similar subject area to your first degree? 22% 78% Yes No
  13. 13. Why are you considering postgraduate courses where the subject is different from your first degree? I don't want a career in areas related to my first degree 42% There is more money in careers linked to my intended postgraduate course 24% I don't think I will get a job with my undergraduate degree I am not enjoying my undergraduate course and want to do something else 23% 12%
  14. 14. What are the 3 main reasons you are considering postgraduate study? Tick 3 answers Because I’m passionate about the subject 68% To get a better job 62% To earn more money in the long run 44% Because I need to for my chosen profession 42% To get a job in academia 27% Because I’ll struggle to get a job this year To stay in the region for another year 21% 8%
  15. 15. When are you thinking of doing a postgraduate course? 11% 30% 59% Immediately after graduation More than 3 years after graduation 2-3 years after graduation
  16. 16. What are the most important reasons for choosing a particular university? Rank 1 - 6, with 1 being most important The reputation of the department/school 35 The reputation of the university 23 23 Its location 28 16 14 Its study and library facilities 12 Its place in the university league table 10 7 7 11 1 2 17 3 4 20 16 15 Its social life and the social life of the town/city 17 19 19 21 20 14 5 20 21 6 11 14 20 8 6 10 5 16 19 19 41 12 16
  17. 17. What are the most important reasons for choosing a particular course? Rank 1 - 5, with 1 being most important Because I’m really interested in the subject matter 56 Strong links with industry/accredited course 18 Because there is funding attached 24 12 Strong vocational nature of the course 9 The reputation of the academic staff 15 8 1 17 20 17 3 4 5 8 12 33 24 27 9 23 19 21 29 2 23 10 30 23 13
  18. 18. Which of the following statements do you agree with? I received useful advice and information from university websites 56% I received useful advice and information from postgraduate study websites like targetcourses.co.uk 40% I received useful advice and information from my own department 36% I received useful advice and information from the careers service None of the above I studied the results of the annual student satisfaction survey 31% 15% 12%
  19. 19. Did you recieve positive encouragement from your department to stay at your current university for postgraduate study? 42% 58% Yes No
  20. 20. What are the 2 major factors that would stop you enrolling on a postgraduate course? Please tick only 2. Too expensive 64% Lack of funding 57% If I get a firm offer of a job instead 38% Level of debt after completing first degree Concerns about possible negative effect on my employability Lack of flexibility in course structure or study mode (eg part-time, distance learning) 21% 15% 13%
  21. 21. How much of your own money are you willing to pay to finance your postgraduate course? Over £10,000 £5,000 - £10,000 10% 19% £3,000 - £5,000 28% £1,000 - £3,000 Less than £1,000 26% 18%
  22. 22. How do you intend to finance your course? Select 3 most likely sources of funding Working part-time during course 61% Bursary/studentship (eg from a Research Council or university) 60% Borrowing the money from family 47% By bank loan 32% Research assistantship, lecturing, demonstrating or other work in department 29% Employer sponsorship Charitable trusts 21% 10%
  23. 23. Where will you live while studying for your postgraduate degree? In rented accommodation 71% At my parents' house 18% In my own home With a relative 9% 2%
  24. 24. How have you researched the various ways to finance postgraduate study? Tick all that apply. I have checked the websites of the universities I am interested in 76% I have used an online funding search like the one on targetcourses.co.uk 38% I have got information from the careers service or their website I have asked tutors in my department I have attended presentations or workshops at fairs 35% 27% 24%
  25. 25. Would you consider a part-time or online course if it were available in your chosen subject area? 31% 35% 34% Yes No Perhaps
  26. 26. Are you thinking about taking a postgraduate course outside the UK? 35% 65% Yes No
  27. 27. Why are you considering postgraduate study outside the UK. Tick all that apply. Because I want to experience a different culture/learn a language 72% Because the fees are lower 50% Because it will help my career 47% Because the standard of education is higher Because it has been recommended by my tutors Because I can't study this subject in the UK 21% 10% 6%
  28. 28. Which countries are you looking at for postgraduate study? Tick all that apply The USA 61% Canada 29% Germany 28% Australia or New Zealand 26% The Scandanavian countries 23% Holland or Belgium 22% France 20% China or Hong Kong 15% Spain 9% Singapore or Malaysia 8% Italy 8% India or Pakistan 3%
  29. 29. How confident are you, after completing postgraduate study, that you will get a related job? Confident 53% Not very confident 24% Very confident Not confident at all 20% 4%
  30. 30. 2. Survey questions Responses by subject of undergraduate study
  31. 31. Are you....? 29% 27% 71% 73% Science Arts 36% 66% 64% 34% Engineering Female Male Social Science
  32. 32. Are you a....? 43% 9% 12% 9% 11% 29% 17% 18% 79% 79% 55% 39% Engineering UK national Science An EU national (ie Non UK) Arts Social Science An International student
  33. 33. What do you consider your ethnic origin to be? 10.9% 9.7% 5.4% 3.6% 5.2% 1.5% 3.2% 2.2% 6.3% 11.4% 73.6% 79.7% Science Arts 53.6% 47.4% Engineering 11.6% 9.6% Social Science White Mixed Indian Pakistani Bangladeshi Other Asian Black Caribbean Black African Black Other Chinese Any other ethnic group
  34. 34. Before going to university for your first degree, where were you educated? 19% 54% 18% 15% 15% 39% 12% 12% 66% 67% Science Arts 34% Engineering In the state sector At a school/college outside the UK 49% Social Science In the private/independent sector
  35. 35. Did you/do you work part time during term time to fund your undergraduate degree? 69% 31% Yes No 43% Arts Science 57% 48% 38% Engineering 52% 63% Social Science
  36. 36. Are you considering postgraduate courses in a similar subject area to your first degree? 23% 17% 77% 83% Engineering Science 26% 74% No 78% Arts Yes 22% Social Science
  37. 37. Why are you considering postgraduate courses where the subject is different from your first degree? 11% 11% 12% 17% 37% 22% 25% 25% 7% 22% 16% 23% 41% 50% 46% 36% Engineering Science Arts Social Science I don't want a career in areas related to my first degree There is more money in careers linked to my intended postgraduate course I am not enjoying my undergraduate course and want to do something else I don't think I will get a job with my undergraduate degree
  38. 38. What are the three main reasons you are considering postgraduate study? Please tick three answers 50% 31% 21% 70% 41% 44% 33% 60% 36% 44% 35% 52% 49% 42% 21% 65% 64% 73% 76% 59% Engineering Science Arts Social Science Because I’m passionate about the subject To get a better job To get a job in academia Because I need to for my chosen profession To earn more money in the long run Because I’ll struggle to get a job this year To stay in the region for another year
  39. 39. When are you thinking of doing a postgraduate course? 9% 8% 26% 28% 65% 64% Engineering Science Immediately after graduation 2-3 years after graduation 13% 11% 31% 32% 56% 57% Arts Social Science More than 3 years after graduation
  40. 40. T o p 3 re a s o ns fo r c ho o s ing a univ e rs ity T he re p uta tio n o f the univ e rs ity T he re p uta tio n o f the d e p a rtme nt/ s c ho o l Its lo c a tio n Its s tud y a nd lib ra ry fa c ilitie s Its s o c ia l life a nd the s o c ia l life o f the to wn/ c ity Its p la c e in the univ e rs ity le a g ue ta b le Eng ine e ring Sc ie nc e Arts So c ia l 2 2 2 1 1 1 3 3 3 Sc ie nc e 2 1 3
  41. 41. T o p 3 re a s o ns fo r c ho o s ing a c o urs e Eng ine e ring Sc ie nc e Arts So c ia l Sc ie nc e T he re p uta tio n o f the a c a d e mic s ta ff Stro ng v o c a tio na l na ture o f the c o urs e Be c a us e the re is fund ing a tta c he d 3 2 3 3 Be c a us e I’m re a lly inte re s te d in the s ub je c t ma tte r 1 1 1 1 Stro ng link s with ind us try / a c c re d ite d c o urs e 2 3 2 2
  42. 42. How much of your own money are you willing to pay to finance your postgraduate course? 18% 5% 17% 6% 21% 14% 27% 27% 18% 28% 24% Engineering 28% 14% 20% 28% 28% 24% 23% 16% 14% Science Arts Social Science Less than £1,000 £1,000 - £3,000 £5,000 - £10,000 Over £10,000 £3,000 - £5,000
  43. 43. H o w d o y o u inte nd to fina nc e y o ur c o urs e ? T o p 3 c ho ic e s Bursary/studentship (eg from a Research Council or university) Borrowing the money from family Working part-time during course Research assistantship, lecturing, demonstrating or other work in department Eng ine e ring Sc ie nc e Arts So c ia l 1 1 2 3 3 2 2 1 3 Sc ie nc e 3 2 1
  44. 44. Where will you live while studying for your postgraduate degree? 7% 7% 83% Engineering In rented accommodation 7% 8% 21% 19% 71% 73% 67% Science Arts Social Science In my own home With a relative At my parents' house 12% 18%
  45. 45. How have you researched the various ways to finance postgraduate study? Please tick all that apply 19% 29% 29% 34% 24% 35% 30% 37% 29% 36% 29% 40% 23% 37% 22% 39% 72% 77% 79% 74% Engineering Science Arts Social Science I have checked the websites of the universities I am interested in I have used an online funding search like the one on targetcourses.co.uk I have asked tutors in my department I have got information from the careers service or their website I have attended presentations or workshops at fairs
  46. 46. Would you consider a part-time or online course if it were available in your chosen subject area? 28% 35% 31% 33% 32% 39% 31% 33% 30% 36% 39% Engineering Science Arts Social Science Yes No Perhaps 34%
  47. 47. Are you thinking about taking a postgraduate course outside the UK? 48% 52% Engineering 30% 34% 37% 70% 66% 63% Science Arts Social Science No Yes
  48. 48. Why are you considering postgraduate study outside the UK? Please tick any that apply. 42% 29% 42% 51% 15% 42% 50% 24% 58% 47% 23% 55% 66% 76% 77% 67% Engineering Science Arts Social Science Because I want to experience a different culture/learn a language Because the fees are lower Because the standard of education is higher Because I can't study this subject in the UK Because it will help my career Because it has been recommended by my tutors
  49. 49. Which countries are you looking at for postgraduate study? Please tick any that apply 23% 11% 14% 33% 9% 35% 19% 34% 23% 34% 35% 35% 26% 24% 18% 22% 23% 23% 28% 30% 27% 30% 16% 21% 76% 64% 47% 64% Engineering Science Arts Social Science The USA Canada Australia or New Zealand The Scandanavian countries Germany France Spain Italy Holland or Belgium India or Pakistan China or Hong Kong Singapore or Malaysia
  50. 50. How confident are you, after completing postgraduate study, that you will get a related job? 3% 2% 17% 24% 7% 24% 3% 25% 47% 58% 56% 33% 16% Engineering Very confident 13% Science Arts Confident Not very confident 49% 23% Social Science Not confident at all
  51. 51. 3. Survey questions Responses by pre-HE education
  52. 52. Are you....? 67 64 63 33 36 37 In the state sector In the private/independent sector At a school/college outside the UK Male Female
  53. 53. Did you/do you work part time during term time to fund your undergraduate degree? 54 46 In the state sector 64 67 36 33 In the private/independent sector At a school/college outside the UK Yes No
  54. 54. Students education background by degree subject 24 26 29 28 21 14 18 15 17 36 19 15 10 8 52 44 56 50 44 6 13 22 14 8 72 14 19 4 10 11 16 66 66 67 67 75 75 54 60 64 7 45 50 32 37 40 40 21 In the state sector In the private/independent sector
  55. 55. What are the three main reasons you are considering postgraduate study? Please tick three answers only 26 25 23 16 10 22 18 8 22 17 11 25 In the state sector In the private/independent sector At a school/college outside the UK To get a better job To get a job in academia To earn more money in the long run Because I need to for my chosen profession Because I’ll struggle to get a job this year To stay in the region for another year Because I’m passionate about the subject
  56. 56. What are the two major factors that would STOP you enrolling on a postgraduate course? Please tick two only 11 6 6 17 11 9 6 25 29 22 32 27 In the state sector 8 9 7 18 27 31 In the private/independent sector At a school/college outside the UK Too expensive Lack of funding If I get a firm offer of a job instead Lack of flexibility in course structure/study mode (p/t, distance learning) Concerns about possible negative effect on my employability Level of debt after completing first degree
  57. 57. How much of your own money are you willing to pay to finance your postgraduate course? 5 11 19 17 24 19 29 25 26 25 19 14 17 29 20 In the state sector In the private/independent At a school/college outside the sector UK Less than £1,000 £1,000 - £3,000 £5,000 - £10,000 Over £10,000 £3,000 - £5,000
  58. 58. How do you intend to finance your course? Select your THREE most likely sources of funding 9 8 26 8 8 22 16 23 24 21 13 15 In the state sector 15 8 20 20 22 10 In the private/independent At a school/college outside the sector UK By bank loan Bursary/studentship (eg from a Research Council or university) Borrowing the money from family Working part-time during course Employer sponsorship Charitable trusts Research assistantship, lecturing, demonstrating or other work in department
  59. 59. Where will you live while studying for your postgraduate degree? 10 2 26 7 2 5 8 3 16 87 62 In the state sector In rented accommodation 72 In the private/independent sector At my parents' house At a school/college outside the UK With a relative In my own home
  60. 60. Would you consider a part-time or online course if it were available in your chosen subject area? 31 32 36 40 36 In the state sector 30 32 35 28 In the private/independent sector Yes No Perhaps At a school/college outside the UK
  61. 61. Are you thinking about taking a postgraduate course outside the UK? 27 73 In the state sector 34 52 66 48 In the private/independent sector No Yes At a school/college outside the UK
  62. 62. Why are you considering postgraduate study outside the UK? Please tick any that apply. 9 24 22 10 25 20 35 12 21 29 In the private/independent sector At a school/college outside the UK 37 In the state sector 32 Because I want to experience a different culture/learn a language Because the fees are lower Because it will help my career Because the standard of education is higher Because I can't study this subject in the UK Because it has been recommended by my tutors
  63. 63. How confident are you, after completing postgraduate study, that you will get a related job? 2 18 21 57 50 23 27 In the private/independent sector At a school/college outside the UK 5 27 3 53 15 In the state sector Very confident Confident Not very confident Not confident at all
  64. 64. 4. Survey questions Responses by nationality
  65. 65. What are the three main reasons you are considering postgraduate study? Please tick three answers only 8 15 16 10 8 14 17 11 5 17 22 23 24 26 24 22 UK nationals EU nationals (non-UK) International students 17 11 Because I’m passionate about the subject To get a better job To get a job in academia To earn more money in the long run Because I need to for my chosen profession Because I’ll struggle to get a job this year To stay in the region for another year
  66. 66. When are you thinking of doing a postgraduate course? 12 32 56 UK nationals Immediately after graduation 7 9 30 24 63 67 EU nationals (non-UK) International students 2-3 years after graduation More than 3 years after graduation
  67. 67. T o p 3 re a s o ns fo r c ho o s ing a univ e rs ity UK nationals T he re p uta tio n o f the univ e rs ity 2 T he re p uta tio n o f the d e p a rtme nt/ s c ho o l 1 Its lo c a tio n Its s tud y a nd lib ra ry fa c ilitie s 3 Its s o c ia l life a nd the s o c ia l life o f the to wn/ c ity Its p la c e in the univ e rs ity le a g ue ta b le EU nationals (non-UK) International students 2 1 2 1 3 3
  68. 68. T o p 3 re a s o ns fo r c ho o s ing a c o urs e T he re p uta tio n o f the a c a d e mic s ta ff Stro ng v o c a tio na l na ture o f the c o urs e Be c a us e the re is fund ing a tta c he d Be c a us e I’m re a lly inte re s te d in the s ub je c t ma tte r Stro ng link s with ind us try / a c c re d ite d c o urs e UK nationals EU nationals (non-UK) International students 2 2 3 3 1 3 1 1 2
  69. 69. Which of the following statements do you agree with? Please tick all that apply International students 31 19 18 17 7 8 EU nationals (non-UK) 32 21 16 16 7 9 UK nationals 29 21 20 16 9 5 I received useful advice and information from university websites I received useful advice and information from postgraduate study websites like targetcourses.co.uk I received useful advice and information from my own department I received useful advice and information from the careers service None of the above I studied the results of the annual student satisfaction survey
  70. 70. Did you receive positive encouragement from your department to stay at your current university for postgraduate study? 43 43 35 57 57 65 UK nationals EU nationals (non-UK) International students Yes No
  71. 71. What are the two major factors that would STOP you enrolling on a postgraduate course? Please tick two only 11 6 18 28 9 7 18 26 8 7 19 27 30 32 31 UK nationals EU nationals (non-UK) International students Too expensive Lack of funding If I get a firm offer of a job instead Lack of flexibility in course structure or study mode (eg part-time, distance learning) Concerns about possible negative effect on my employability Level of debt after completing first degree
  72. 72. How much of your own money are you willing to pay to finance your postgraduate course? 5 14 22 18 17 21 29 28 24 29 21 19 19 21 14 UK nationals EU nationals (non-UK) International students Less than £1,000 £1,000 - £3,000 £3,000 - £5,000 £5,000 - £10,000 Over £10,000
  73. 73. How do you intend to finance your course? Select your three most likely sources of funding 8 9 14 17 7 15 11 21 10 15 9 21 24 23 19 25 21 21 UK nationals EU nationals (non-UK) International students Working part-time during course Bursary/studentship (eg from a Research Council or university) Borrowing the money from family By bank loan Research assistantship, lecturing, demonstrating or other work in department Employer sponsorship Charitable trusts
  74. 74. How have you researched the various ways to finance postgraduate study? Please tick all that apply 19 10 17 11 19 11 17 12 18 36 42 41 UK nationals EU nationals (non-UK) International students 13 18 14 I have checked the websites of the universities I am interested in I have used an online funding search like the one on targetcourses.co.uk I have asked tutors in my department I have got information from the careers service or their website I have attended presentations or workshops at fairs
  75. 75. How confident are you, after completing postgraduate study, that you will get a related job? 4 5 26 21 50 55 24 15 UK nationals Very confident EU nationals (non-UK) Confident Not very confident 2 19 47 32 International students Not confident at all
  76. 76. 5. Survey questions 2013 survey vs 2014 survey
  77. 77. What are the three main reasons you are considering postgraduate study? Please tick three answers only 68% 68% 66% 62% 46% 44% 40% 42% 27% 27% 20% 21% 10% 8% Because I’m To get a better To earn more Because I need To get a job in Because I’ll To stay in the passionate job money in the to for my academia struggle to get region for about the long run chosen a job this year another year subject profession 2013 2014
  78. 78. What are the most important reasons for choosing a particular university? No 1 rankings 37 34 25 23 13 15 10 The reputation of The reputation of the the university department/school Its location 2013 12 Its study and library facilities 2014 9 10 Its place in the university league table 6 7 Its social life and the social life of the town/city
  79. 79. What are the most important reasons for choosing a particular course? No 1 rankings 56 55 18 17 10 Because I’m really interested in the subject matter Strong links with industry/accredited course 12 Because there is funding attached 2013 2014 8 8 Strong vocational nature of the course 8 8 The reputation of the academic staff
  80. 80. Advice and information to help you make the right decision on postgraduate study. Which of the following statements do you agree with? Please tick all that apply 61% 56% 38% 40% 39% 36% 34% 31% 14% 15% 14% 12% eceived useful advice andand information from postgraduatereceived useful advice and information from theof the results of the annual student satisfaction su I received useful advice informationIfrom university websites information from my own department received useful advicestudy websites like targetcourses.co.uk I None careers service I and studied the above 2013 2014
  81. 81. Did you receive positive encouragement from your department to stay at your current university for postgraduate study? 58% 55% 46% 42% 2013 2014 Yes No
  82. 82. What are the two major factors that would STOP you enrolling on a postgraduate course? Please tick two only 71% 64% 61% 57% 41% 38% 21% 15% Too expensive Lack of funding If I get a firm offer of Level of debt after a job instead completing first degree 2013 2014 15% 13% 13% Concerns about Lack of flexibility in possible negative course structure or effect on my study mode (eg partemployability time, distance learning)
  83. 83. How much of your own money are you willing to pay to finance your postgraduate course? 29% 26% 17% 26% 28% 19% 18% 19% 10% Less than £1,000 £1,000 - £3,000 £3,000 - £5,000 2013 2014 £5,000 - £10,000 10% Over £10,000
  84. 84. How do you intend to finance your course? Select your THREE most likely sources of funding 61% 61% 59% 60% 49% 47% 36% 32% 31% 29% 21% 21% 12% 10% Working part-time during course a Research Council or university) family bank loan Bursary/studentship (eg from Borrowing the money from assistantship, lecturing, demonstrating Employer sponsorship Charitable trusts Research By or other work in department 2013 2014
  85. 85. How have you researched the various ways to finance postgraduate study? Please tick all that apply 76% 76% 38% 38% 36% 35% 28% I have checked the websites of the universities I am interested in 27% I have used an online I have got information I have asked tutors in my funding search like the from the careers service department one on or their website targetcourses.co.uk 2013 2014 21% 24% I have attended presentations or workshops at fairs
  86. 86. Would you consider a part-time or online course if it were available in your chosen subject area? 36% 35% 34% 33% 31% 31% Yes No 2013 Perhaps 2014
  87. 87. Are you thinking about taking a postgraduate course outside the UK? 65% 60% 40% 35% Yes No 2013 2014
  88. 88. Why are you considering postgraduate study outside the UK? Please tick any that apply. 74% 72% 49% 50% 49% 47% 23% 21% 9% Because I want to experience a different culture/learn a language Because the fees Because it will help are lower my career 2013 10% 5% 6% Because the Because it has been Because I can't standard of recommended by study this subject in education is higher my tutors the UK 2014
  89. 89. Which countries are you looking at for postgraduate study? Please tick any that apply 65% 61% 31% 29% 28% 29% 26% 26% 23% 23% 22% 22% 22% 20% 15% 15% 12% 9% 11% 8% 12% 8% 3% 3% India or Pakistan Italy Singapore or Malaysia 2014 Spain China or Hong Kong France Holland or Belgium The Scandanavian countries Australia or New Zealand Germany Canada The USA 2013
  90. 90. 6. Survey questions Confidence by gender
  91. 91. How confident are you, after completing postgraduate study, that you will get a related job? 4 4 17 27 51 53 27 16 Male Very confident Female Confident Not very confident Not confident at all
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