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Oxford University sees postgraduate applications rise
Monday, 26 October 2009
More students are hoping to avoid the competitive graduate job market by taking on further study at the prestigious Oxford University, according to reports.
The institution's student newspaper, the Cherwell, revealed that figures from its Graduate Admissions Office show that 17,000 degree-holders want to take a postgraduate course there.
The number is a 25 per cent increase on 2008-09 statistics and 35 per cent higher when compared to two years ago.
Students currently studying at Oxford are worried that competition has now spread to the postgraduate course market.
An unnamed final-year student told the newspaper: "It's bad enough having the stress of finals to cope with - knowing that we'll have to fight tooth-and-nail to find anything at all to do afterwards really doesn't help."
The Independent recently reported that many universities are now providing financial incentives for unsuccessful graduate job hunters to take up further study.