Postgraduate Research Pulse Update as of Jan 24 - two female students walking together looking at a notebook

Postgraduate Research Pulse Update as of Jan 2024

Our unique Pulse trackers and Share of Search data provide insights on thousands of prospective international students interested in UK PhD opportunities. As of Jan 2024, we’re seeing that:

  • Audiences feel broadly positive about UK PhD study, but less so than this time last year
  • Interest in Autumn 2024 hasn’t overtaken Spring 2024 as we’d expect at this point in the cycle
  • UK Share of Search for international PGR audiences has actually trended above 2022, although a temporary drop in summer 2023 likely reflects immigration concerns
  • Life Sciences and Physical Sciences continue to be the most popular UKR PGR disciplines, but growth is strongest in Computer Science (driven by Artificial Intelligence)
  • Our Spotlight section witnesses a growing interest in flexible study for PGR audiences.
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