Dear University College London,
under the Freedom of Information act, I would like to know for MSc Public Policy for the 2021/22, 2020/21, 2019/20 and 2018/19 admission cycles:
- the number of applications,
- the number of offers made,
- the number of acceptances,
- the number of enrolments.
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Dear T Smith
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request of 17^th January 2022.
We have completed the compilation of information in response to your
request for the following information about admission statistics for UCL’s
MSc Public Policy programme for the 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22
o the number of applications,
o the number of offers made,
o the number of acceptances,
o the number of enrolments.
We can confirm that we do hold some information of the description
specified in your request and this information is provided below.
2018 2019 2020 2021
Number of applications 430 450 610 680
Number of offers made 280 290 350 290
Number of acceptances 165 210 215 175
Number of enrolments 100 110 120 90
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