Sussex University expects big rise in postgraduates

Posted On 27 Feb 2010 at 10:38 pm

Sussex University is expecting a big rise in the number of postgraduate degree students when the next academic year starts in the autumn.

The university has offered places to 44 per cent more applicants than for the current year.

The rise in offers to students from abroad is up 55 per cent despite efforts by the Government to make it harder for foreign students to come to Britain to study.

The admissions office at the university said that it had received 22 per cent more applications to study for a masters degree than for the current year.

The figures were released a month after the university held a postgraduate open day on Wednesday 27 January.

Rob Evans, head of the admissions office, said that most of the growth in numbers related to courses on which students would be taught rather than carry out research.

The number applying to study for research-based degrees at the Falmer campus has risen by only 4 per cent.

Mr Evans added: “Sussex, like all UK universities, continues to be affected by the difficulties for applicants in gaining entry visas to the UK.”

The university has about 11,000 students of whom 3,000 are postgraduates. Out of the 11,000, more than 2,000 are international students.

It said that it was making every effort to help overseas applicants.

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