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A rare breed

British students have dwindled to represent only a small minority applying for postgraduate taught courses at UK universities.

Just 14 per cent of students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes came from the UK in 2011-12, according to research published today by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. International students have grown to represent 77 per cent of masters degree students.

The study also finds very low rates of retention by universities of undergraduates continuing to postgraduate work. Among those pursuing postgraduate taught courses, a growing proportion are aged 23 or under—up from 40 per cent in 2005-06 to 55 per cent in 2011-12. However, only 4.2 per cent of postgraduate taught applications in 2011-12 were for a university where the student had previously studied. The figure for postgraduate research applications was better (13.6 per cent) though this was also down on previous years.

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