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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