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Agricultural subjects note admissions surge

Published: Sunday, 24 January 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Admissions for agricultural and related courses among postgraduates surged by 29% in the last year, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

This represented the highest increases in enrolments of any subject and highlights how many graduates are looking to build on their degrees with further study.

Undergraduate courses in similar disciplines also saw registrations up by 4% between the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years – a similar rate rise was only seen in the creative arts and design category.

To put things in perspective, overall enrolment into undergraduates was down by 2% in that period, making a third consecutive fall in applications. Postgraduate enrolment continued at similar levels to in the past few years.

While agri-food courses reported a 29% rise, the next closest increase was noted in subjects allied to Medicine, where the intake was up by 10%.

Harper Adams University offers a range of agri-food and related courses and has bucked the enrolment trends.

The size of its entomology (the study of insects) postgraduate courses has doubled in the last four years, showcasing rising demand to learn about the sector.

Postgraduate Marketing Manager for the university Alex Hardie revealed that more than 700 first degree students started in the current academic year.

“The agri-food sector is screaming out for highly knowledgeable graduates,” he explained, highlighting the strong industry links and great employability rating that have helped make Harper Adams a popular choice.

Hardie said the agri-sector is booming, claiming “there is no better time to start postgraduate study in this field”.

Masters-level study is now more achievable he adds, that’s to the introduction of post-graduate loans from the Government of up to £10,000.

Some of the options available to potential Masters students are to be showcased at an event at Harper Adams in February.

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