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Higher Education

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 7th July 2011.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students on (a) taught masters' courses, (b) other masters' courses, (c) PhD studies and (d) other doctoral studies received funding for their studies in each of the last three years; for how many he expects to provide funding in each case in each year of the comprehensive spending review period; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Minister of State (Universities and Science)

The most recent Higher Education Statistics Agency data (HESA) relates to 2009/10. Data on Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) fundable students for the latest three available years and split by the following categories ‘PhD/Doctorate', Taught Masters' and ‘Other Masters' are provided in the following table. We are not able to provide the figures broken down into the exact categories asked for. The figures relate to HEFCE fundable students only, on all years of study. Additional places will be funded by other Government Departments, charities and research bodies.

HEFCE fundable
2007 2008 2009
PhD/Doctorate 43,000 43,000 46,000
Taught Masters 163,000 154,000 170,000
Other Masters 9,000 9,000 10,000
Source: 2007/08, 2008/09 and 2009/10 HESA student data

We do not have estimates of the likely number of students on these courses over the spending review period. HEFCE fundable places are expected to remain broadly constant over the spending review period.

We have accepted the recommendations of Professor Sir Adrian Smith's review of postgraduate education. In our White Paper Higher Education: Students at the Heart of the System (Cm 8122) we have asked HEFCE to review the impact of undergraduate funding changes on post graduate participation to help inform thinking on the longer term future of postgraduate funding.

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