True value of a degree?

New survey finds 40% of students believe degree is not ‘value for money’

A recent survey of final year undergraduates about their education for BBC Radio 5 Live, carried out by ComRes, has found 40% of students believe their degree did not offer value for money.

However, two thirds of STEM subject students (65%) say their education was value for money, compared to less than half of humanities and social science students.

The majority of final year students (58%) think that their university education has somewhat prepared them for the future, while a quarter think that it has prepared them a great deal, with similar opinions across students of different subjects.

But despite many students saying their education is not value for money, just 3% say they would not to go to university at all if they had the chance. Similar proportions say they would do the same course again, but at a different university (18%) as say they would do a different course at the same university (17%).

ComRes carried out interviews with 1,004 final year undergraduate students online between 1 and 7 May 2015. Data were weighted to be representative of all final year undergraduates at British universities, including by university type.



29 October 2020 11am (GMT)

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