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Imperial in MSc degree shake-up

IMPERIAL College London has embarked on a radical overhaul of its masters' courses in a bid to reverse flagging entrant numbers.

The flagship civil engineering institution has seen MSc student enrolment fall from 160 to 125.

The college has created 25 new MSc titles including new degrees in integrated engineering and earthquake engineering, starting in October.

Academics also hope to appeal to potential MSc students by offering extra modules in business management and sustainable development.

Richard Jardine, professor of geomechanics, soil mechanics and civil engineering, said: 'We are swimming upstream due to the decline in students taking ALevels in maths and physics and because graduates are being put off by increasing student debt.'