Higher fees for master's courses a deterrent, UK study finds

March 26, 2012

According to a new study, higher tuition fees for UK master's courses are deterring students from continuing their studies, particularly those from poorer backgrounds. Conducted by a PhD student at the London School of Economics, a fee analysis finds that the average cost of taught postgraduate study increased from approximately £3,200 in 2003-04 to £4,300 in 2009-10. The study observes that a 10% increase in postgraduate tuition fees is associated with a drop of between 1.7% and 4.5% in the probability of a student continuing their studies. The research states that undergraduates from poorer backgrounds are less likely to pursue postgraduate study than wealthier students, even after controlling for their prior academic performance. According to the study, students from the poorest socio-economic groups are between 1.8% and 2.4% less likely to continue their studies than their wealthier peers. Times Higher Education