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Postgraduate courses are crucial to help learners progress, and equip students with higher level skills and knowledge that help boost the economy.

As the proportion of graduates in the general population grows, we would expect to see higher numbers progressing to postgraduate study. It is possible there might be barriers to further study, and our commitment to widening access to higher education recognises the importance of postgraduate study in ensuring fair access to the professions and higher-level skills. We are therefore doing some scoping work to investigate progression to postgraduate study, particularly given the fees and funding arrangements in place for full-time undergraduate study.

We fund and support postgraduate research through our PGR – postgraduate research – allocations to universities.

We work closely with other funding bodies on postgraduate matters. The outcome of this work has so far included:

Developing a survey of postgraduate taught students

Report: Understanding how people choose to pursue taught postgraduate study

Guidance on providing information for prospective taught postgraduate students

Guidance for postgraduate taught recruitment teams

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