This report presents the findings from a Youthsight research commissioned by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) to collect opinions from a sample of undergraduates and postgraduates about the government’s proposed postgraduate Master’s loan.
For the first time, anyone under age 30 who is eligible and accepted to study a 1 year postgraduate taught Master’s course, in any subject, will be able to access an income contingent loan of up to £10,000.
The research objectives were to:
- acquire a snapshot of views regarding the proposed postgraduate Master’s loan policy;
- determine the extent to which such a loan might influence individuals decisions to pursue 1 year postgraduate Master’s study;
- gain an understanding of the extent to which more individuals might be encouraged to consider/pursue a postgraduate Master’s level qualification; and
- inform the assumptions made about loan take-up behaviour.
The research focused on:
- motivations and barriers to postgraduate master’s study;
- perceptions about the terms of the proposed loan; and
- potential response to the loan