Home > Policy and analysis > Reports > Postgraduate taught education: the funding challenge

Postgraduate taught education: the funding challenge

Report
29 May 2014

Report coverPostgraduate taught (PGT) education is a diverse area of higher education provision that brings enormous benefits to individual graduates, to the economy and to society.

Graduates from PGT courses take their high-level skills into the widest range of employment sectors, and the average postgraduate earns more than the average graduate from an undergraduate course. At the same time, postgraduate education acts as an engine for social mobility, enabling individuals to achieve their full potential.

Given these opportunities, it is worrying to see that the number of students starting a PGT course at a UK university fell by 10% in two years between 2010–11 and 2012–13.

This report assesses the funding challenges faced by postgraduate taught education in the UK. It recommends the strengthening of underdeveloped options which could extend opportunities to undertake postgraduate taught education more widely. The report also identifies a range of potential funding mechanisms including private sector loans (with or without a government subsidy), public loans, and scholarships, which could be funded by a whole range of partners.

The team

Rosalind Lowe

Rosalind Lowe

Policy Researcher
Universities UK

Jovan Luzajic

Jovan Luzajic

Senior Policy Analyst
Universities UK

Julie Tam

Julie Tam

Deputy Director of Policy
Universities UK

News

Comment on IFS research on student loan interest rates and reintroducing maintenance grants

17 November 2017
Response to the new analysis from the IFS looking at options for reducing the interest rate on student loans and reintroducing maintenance grants in England.

Employers propose reforms to ensure USS pension scheme remains sustainable and attractive to members

17 November 2017
Higher education employers are proposing changes to the USS pension scheme to address the scheme's deficit and the significant rise in the cost of future pensions.

Blog

HM Treasury

The chancellor’s budget dilemma: four ways universities can help

10 November 2017
UUK's Alistair Jarvis sets out our areas the chancellor should consider when he delivers the budget 2017.

Brighton rock and cough drops: UUK at the party conferences

5 October 2017
Mark Condren, UUK's Political Affairs Officer, highlights key points for universities in recent party conference speeches and fringe events.