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Private providers of postgraduate programs
Across the UK there is an increasing amount of accredited private providers offering postgraduate programs. These independent institutions can be universities, university colleges or colleges, and they are another great option to consider when choosing where to study your postgraduate program.
If you want to find out more about a specific private higher education institution check out our A-Z search of UK higher education institutions.
A university is public or private depending on whether the government or another public authority controls and manages the institution, private institutions receive no direct funding from the government. Many of them, like Regent’s College, IFS School of Finance and the College of Law are registered charities and are therefore not profit motivated, others such as BPP University College are commercial, for-profit entities.
With the introduction of undergraduate tuition fees in the UK, it is anticipated that there will be a growth in the private sector for higher education, in fact Bahram Bekhradnia, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, the UK’s only independent think tank dedicated to higher education, says, "Private universities are here to stay – and there are going to be more of them."