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Funding PGT courses

Disclosure date: 15 April 2013

Reference: FOI2013/025

Request

1) Does your institution have any data available regarding the number of applications it receives for postgraduate taught courses in the years 2007/08, 2010/11, and 2012/13?  

2) How many offers are made?

3) How many students secure funding?  

4) How many applicants decline their offer because they are unable to secure funding?

5) Of these groups of people, how many were Home citizens, EU citizens, or international?

How many of these are for full-time or part-time courses?

For the cases in which funding is secured, what form does the funding take (e.g. scholarships, professional and career development loans etc)?

Response

1) The following shows the numbers applying for postgraduate taught courses in the years specified.

• 2007/08 applications (2008 entry): 4511
• 2010/11 applications (2011 entry): 5527
• 2012/13 applications (2013 entry): figures are not yet available as applications are still being received.

2) The following shows the numbers of offers made for postgraduate taught courses in the years specified.

• 2008 entry: 3285
• 2011 entry: 3676
• 2013 entry: figures are not yet available for 2013 entry as applications are still being received.

3) It isn’t possible to answer this question, as students may obtain funding directly without any involvement from SOAS. Information is held on specific kinds of funding, for example, career development loans and scholarships. Some figures are published by the Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE) for 2008 and 2011 though these may be misleading, as, for example, if a student receives even a small amount of funding (say, £100) this would be shown as being funded, even though clearly the student would not be fully funded on such an amount. If you were to focus your request on a specific kind of funding, we may be able to provide some information.

4) SOAS does not routinely collect reasons why students decline offers, so it is not possible to answer this question.

5) See above (answer to question 3). We would need further clarity on which groups you require information about.

How many of these are for full-time or part-time courses?

As above.

For the cases in which funding is secured, what form does the funding take (e.g. scholarships, professional and career development loans etc)?

As above.