Student and graduate views on the proposed master’s loan for postgraduate study

Student and graduate views on the proposed master’s loan for postgraduate study
Document type
Report
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Dept. for Business, Innovation and Skills
Publisher
BIS
Date of publication
26 May 2016
Subject(s)
People management: all aspects of managing people
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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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

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