Educational progression, transitions and outcomes

Understanding the recruitment and selection of postgraduate research students (HEFCE, 2014)


01/01/2001

CRAC and Vitae, supported by the International Centre for Guidance Studies at the University of Derby, undertake research for HEFCE to build a picture, from an HE institutional perspective, of how postgraduate research (PGR) students in England, are recruited and selected, and their role in the HE research base.

This included:

  • The processes used by English HEIs to recruit UK and international PGR students to their doctoral programmes, as well as perspectives on the demand for PGR study.
  • How HEIs attempt to identify the ‘best' students aspiring to undertake postgraduate research and select them.
  • What do HEIs seek in terms of candidates' prior learning, attainment or experience, and what are the barriers for prospective PGR students to overcome?
  • How HEIs align the activity of their PGR students with their strategic research mission.
  • The implications for the sustainability of postgraduate research provision and the role of its current funding arrangements.

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Understanding the recruitment and selection of postgraduate research students (HEFCE, 2014)