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Postgraduates favour MMU

Published: 18th September 2006

NEARLY half of MMU students considering postgraduate courses studies want to pursue them here at MMU.

48.1% would continue their studies at MMU, while 12% would go to Manchester University, 8.3% to Huddersfield and 5.6% to Lancaster. Durham, Liverpool, and Keele are also in the Top 10.

MMU rates 24th most desirable university in the UK for postgraduates, according to the Postgraduate Recruitment Review 2006, published by research group Hobsons.

Undergraduates cited ‘good academic reputation’, ‘good postgraduate facilities’ and ‘located near home’ as the three main reasons for their choice.

Better career prospects

The top reasons for progressing onto a postgraduate course were ‘improve my employability’, ‘improve my opportunities for career progression’ and ‘improve my knowledge of the subject’.

67% also stated they would earn more after gaining a postgraduate qualification.

MMU Vice-Chancellor Professor John Brooks said: "MMU is already the largest provider of taught PG courses in the North West and we expect even more interest as employers increasingly premium both graduate and postgraduate qualifications."

The key influencers in informing students about courses were ‘university websites’, ‘university prospectuses’ and ‘recommendations/word of mouth’.

* Around 25,000 students were polled, including 2,375 MMU students. The average Ucas points score for MMU students was 278.