Boom in students taking post-graduate food and farming courses

"Agriculture & related subjects" saw by far the largest growth in postgraduate enrolments at UK teaching institutions last year with a 29 per cent rise, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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Enrolments to undergraduate agriculture courses also rose 4 per cent between academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15, equal only to courses in the "creative arts & design" category.

This contrasted with a 2 per cent decline in overall numbers enrolling onto undergraduate courses, the third year of decline in succession. Total postgraduate enrolments held level.

Harper Adams University postgraduate marketing manager Alex Hardie said: "Harper Adams has been bucking the trend in reporting a rise in postgraduate numbers. Our undergraduate numbers are growing too, with more than 700 first degree students having started this year."

He added: "Masters-level study has just become achievable for more people, with the introduction of postgraduate loans by the Government. Anyone up to the age of 60 can get a £10,000 loan, repayable on similar terms to undergraduate degree loans, to pay for their tuition."

The Shropshire institution is hosting a "Should I do a Masters" event on 9 Febuary.

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