The University of Liverpool has cancelled a master’s course weeks before term starts, citing increased pressure on resources from a bumper undergraduate enrolment.
The MSc Psychology Conversion course – which had eight registrants for the 2021/22 academic year, according to the BBC – was pulled after the number of students enrolled on undergraduate courses was “significantly higher than expected”, the university said.
Students were offered the chance to defer their place, accept an offer from a different university or transfer to a different course at Liverpool.
A spokesperson for the university told the BBC that the “difficult decision” to cut the course had been taken “after carefully reviewing the current unprecedented situation”.
“We appreciate that a course withdrawal at this stage is not ideal,” she said. “We are currently discussing the various options available with students on an individual basis.”
The number of top grades awarded this year has increased, with 45% of A-levels awarded at A* and A, thereby widening the pool of eligible students for higher-tariff universities. The latest figures from Ucas suggest that higher tariff providers – of which Liverpool is one – have so far accepted more applicants than lower-tariff or medium-tariff providers, up 4% on the same stage of the admissions process last year. As of 27 August, higher-tariff universities have enrolled 174,800 undergraduates, compared to 165,500 at lower-tariff universities and 159,500 at medium-tariff providers.