PhD and Masters Talent Trends report summary 2021/22

Many of the finest minds at British and Irish higher education institutions started their career journeys by applying for a Masters or PhD opportunity. It’s where future talent can hone their skills, showcase their research expertise and gain the knowledge and experience they need to help take on the world’s biggest challenges.

At we’ve carried out an in-depth study to provide you with a greater insight into recruitment trends in this market. Our report takes a closer look at the 3,681 Masters and PhD opportunities placed on in the 2021-2022 academic year by British and Irish higher education institutions. Our extensive report covers a wide range of information to help higher education institutions, jobseekers and careers advisors alike. The information in this report will enable recruitment teams in particular to plan for the future. They can benchmark funding and assess when it’s best to advertise and how long for. They can also see breakdowns of opportunities advertised on by location and month.

Key Findings

  • 3,681 Masters and PhD opportunities were posted on by UK and Irish higher education institutions from August 1st 2021 to July 31st 2022
  • 99% of PhD’s overall are offered as full-time positions
  • PhD opportunities on average attract 715 views
  • For Masters, 33% of opportunities offered funding up to £19,999 with 48% of opportunities not disclosing the funding

You can download the complete report here.

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