Postgraduate taught admission statistics 2023/2024

KIKI made this Freedom of Information request to University College London Automatic anti-spam measures are in place for this older request. Please let us know if a further response is expected or if you are having trouble responding.

The request was partially successful.

Dear University College London,

I am requesting for the following information. If available, could you provide data for 2023/2024 admission cycle.

1. Number of applicants and offers made (all postgraduate programmes)
2. Number of Chinese* applications and offers made (all postgraduate programmes)
3. Previous universities of Chinese applicants(by each specific programme)
4. Degrees and subjects of Chinese applicants(by each specific programme)
5. Subjects of Chinese offers(by each specific programme)

*Chinese means applicants whose nationality is China

Yours faithfully,

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

If you have submitted a Freedom of Information request please accept this
email as acknowledgement that your request has been received. You should
expect a response from us within 20 working days. 

For details on how we use your personal information, please see UCL's
general privacy
notice: [1]

Data Protection Office
Office of General Counsel 


Visible links

Dear University College London,

Sorry I didn't provide a full name. My full name is Yu Jiaqi and my English name is Kiki. please contact me if there is anything else that needs to be clarified and I look forward to your response to my request!

Yours faithfully,


Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

1 Attachment

Dear Kiki


Thank you for your Freedom of Information request of 5^th July 2023.


We have completed the compilation of information in response to your
request for information about admissions statistics of Chinese applicants
to UCL’s postgraduate taught programmes for 2023/2024 – by Chinese, you
mean applicants whose nationality is China.


We can confirm that we do hold information of the description specified in
your request and this information is provided in the attached spreadsheet
and embedded in your request below.


Your Request:


 1. Number of applicants and offers made (all postgraduate programmes)
 2. Number of Chinese* applications and offers made (all postgraduate


• Please see attached spreadsheet.


 3. Previous universities of Chinese applicants(by each specific
 4. Degrees and subjects of Chinese applicants(by each specific programme


• With regards to questions 3 and 4, from our preliminary assessment, we
estimate that compliance with your request would exceed the
appropriate costs limit under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 (FOIA). Which is currently set at £450 (equivalent to 18
hours work) by virtue of the Freedom of Information and Data
Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.


Section 12(1) states that:


“Section 1(1) does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request
for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying with
the request would exceed the appropriate limit.”


The Section 12(1) exemption applies because we estimate that to determine
whether we hold the requested information and then to locate, retrieve and
extract it, would take longer than 18 hours to complete.  This is largely
because (1) it would involve going through many thousands of applications
to obtain this information as it is not stored on the record system – this
would exceed the appropriate time limit.


We are sorry we cannot provide the requested information to you.  We may
be able to provide some information if your request were to be refined in
some way, for instance if it were to request a list of previous
institutions and the number of applicants from each, without the breakdown
by each programme.


Please do let us know if you wish to receive this information.


 5. Subjects of Chinese offers(by each specific programme)


• Please see attached spreadsheet.


As you will see within the spreadsheet for questions 1, 2 and 5, where the
number of students is five or fewer, the information has been withheld
(represented as ≤5).  We have also withheld totals where providing them
would enable you to work out other withheld information.  This information
has been withheld because, with such low numbers, even providing the
information without names, there is a risk the individuals may be
identifiable which means that these are personal data of third parties, or
if linked with other personal identifiers in the public domain, would be
likely to become personal data.  This information has been withheld under
Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) by virtue of
Section 40(3A)(i).


Section 40(2) of the FOIA allows a public authority to withhold
information under the FOIA where (i) the requested information is personal
data relating to someone other than the requester, and (ii) its disclosure
would breach any of the Data Protection principles.  In this case, we
believe that the requested information could relate to and identify
individuals and therefore would be personal data.  The disclosure of these
personal data would not be within the reasonable expectations of the
individuals concerned and it would be unfair to do so; this therefore
breaches the first Data Protection principle.


As the Section 40(2) exemption is an absolute one, there is no need to
conduct a public interest test.



You are free to use any information supplied for your own use, including
for non-commercial research purposes. The information may also be used for
the purposes of news reporting. However, any other type of re-use, for
example by publishing or issuing copies to the public, will require the
permission of the copyright owner.


If you are unhappy with our response to your request and wish to make a
complaint or request a review of our decision, please email
[1][email address]. Emails should include the words ‘Internal
Review’ in the subject and be marked For the Attention of the
Vice-President (Operations), alternatively you should write to:


Vice-President (Operations)

University College London

Gower Street




Please note, complaints and requests for internal review received more
than two months after the initial decision will not be handled.


If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you may
apply directly to the Information Commissioner by using the following web
address: [2] You should do this within two
months of our final decision.


If you have any queries or concerns, please contact me using the details
provided in this letter and including the request reference number.


Further information on the Freedom of Information Act is available from
the Information Commissioner’s Office:


Wycliffe House

Water Lane




0303 123 1113



Kind regards,


Mehwish Sultan

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser

University College London

Legal Services

E: [4][email address] Data Protection: [5][email address]
FOI: [6][UCL request email].

Telephone: +44 (0)203 108 7862 (internal 57862)


Working hours: Please note that I work from home on Mondays.



Visible links
1. mailto:[email address]
4. mailto:[email address]
5. mailto:[email address]
6. mailto:[UCL request email]