Most Popular Degrees in The UK

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Data from UCAS has revealed the top ten areas of study in 2015. There are only few surprises when you really think about it. Everyone knows someone studying business right? We would all expect business studies and related areas to be the number one studied subject in the UK. People believe they have a higher chance of securing a large salary, perhaps working in The City. However, Business & Admin studies ranks only 12th in employability. With around 50% of graduates not working in a field related to their study it seems reasonable for students to apply to a course where the job prospects are high.

Below you can see where your subject falls in the popularity table, where its ranks in terms of employability and the highest ranking uni’s for each course. The best uni’s to study each subject are based on the Complete University Guide League Tables 2017.

 

1) Business & Administration – Ranked 12th For Student Employability

The most popular degree area in the UK, business & admin is perhaps so popular because of the varied career paths it offers. If you study Business & Administration or Business Management you can move into a job into varied fields like accountancy and finance, HR and marketing & advertising.

Where to Study:

  1. St Andrews
  2. Bath
  3. Warwick

2) Creative Arts & Design – Outside top 10 for Student Employability

Oxford currently has a perfect score for its Art & Design course based on criteria measured by The Complete University Guide. With student satisfaction scoring 4.40/5 points, research quality 2.92/4. Whilst graduate prospects rank 81/100.

Where to Study:

  1. Oxford
  2. Loughborough
  3. Brunel University

3) Biological Sciences – Ranked 6th Student Employability

The study of living things. Including subjects such as: cell biology, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, zoology, ecology, biology and more.

Where to Study:

  1. Cambridge
  2. Oxford
  3. Imperial College London

4) Subjects related to medicine- Ranked 4th for Student Employability

Medicine is a great subject to study at uni, if you are not someone who has always known they would study medicine at uni, here are some reasons as to why it’s worth it. Almost every student that graduates a medicine degree finds graduate employment in 6 months. Graduate as a doctor and you have a guaranteed career in front of you.

Where to Study:

  1. Cambridge
  2. Oxford
  3. Imperial College London

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5) Social studies – Not in top 10 for Student Employability

Social studies also known as Sociology is essentially the evaluation of human societies, culture and people. Job options include social worker, youth worker, aid worker, community support and researcher. You may go on to work for local or central government, education bodies, business and the third sector. Sociology students may struggle landing an associated job, according to Prospects 20% of Sociology graduates work in catering and bars and 14% work as secretaries and clerks.

Where to Study:

  1. Cambridge
  2. Durham
  3. Bath

6) Engineering – Ranked 10th for Student Employability

Engineering Graduates can expect a salary ranging from £15,000-£28,000. You may become a electrical engineer, systems analyst, aerospace engineer, network engineer or IT  consultant. There are a lot of career options for those with an Engineering degree. HECSU report that 63.9% off grqaduates Electrical and Electronic Engineering degrees were working full time in the UK after 6 months of leaving Uni. Engineering is still a male dominated industry with around 90% being male and only 10% female. The Women’s Engineering Society actively campaigns for more women to choose engineering as a career path. If you are a young woman unsure of whether Engineering is for you check out their website for more information.

Where to Study:

  1. Cambridge
  2. Imperial College London
  3. Southampton

7) Computer Science – Outside top 10 For Student Employability

Why study computing? There are many good reasons to take a degree in computing, firstly there are always jobs for those with technical computer skills. The job market for computing even appears to be recession proof. Your starting salary will be generous, especially if you are an expert in a niche area. Crucially, you will have high job satisfaction; those in IT related professions rank in the top ten for job satisfaction in the UK. In computing jobs you get to make things that have application in the real world and you’ll be looked up to by your family and friends as a tech wizard.

Where to Study:

  1. Cambridge
  2. Imperial College London
  3. St Andrews

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8) Physical Science – Outside top 10 For Student Employability

Physical Science or Sports Science is an area rapidly growing in the UK. There are loads of career options for students to pursue, when they graduate. You could go into Physiotherapy, Biomechanics, nutrition, sports coaching/ teaching. If you are thinking of studying Sport Science the chances are you will need to have a good grasp of Maths and Biology.

Where To Study:

  1. Edinburgh
  2. Loughborough
  3. Bath

 

9) Education – 92.6% secure jobs immediately

Many go on to become qualified teachers, others that study education might be professors or university lecturers. There are more career options besides, like Peadiatric nursing, speech therapy and teaching English abroad. So, why would you want to become a teacher, well you get to make a difference in children’s lives and help them achieve their potential.

And you will also get long summer holidays too!
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Where to Study:

  1. Cambridge
  2. Glasgow
  3. Durham

10) History/philosophy – 85% in Graduate Level Jobs Within 6 Months

History:

History gives those that study it enviable skills of analysis and evaluation. These skills are transferrable and applicable over almost any field. History improves cultural awareness, as it allows us to see why certain civilisations/peoples acted the way they did in the past. Historians can help build a brighter future, by learning from our past mistakes we can avoid repeating them. Allowing us to reduce war, poverty, disease and low life expectancy.

Where To Study:

  1. Cambridge
  2. Oxford
  3. Durham

Philosophy:

In a philosophy degree you will learn what the greatest thinkers ever believed. You will study the nature of reality, belief, sanity, values and logic. Philosophy degrees don’t have an obvious post uni career path, so students have a lot of options for careers, especially considering the valued skills you will develop: critical thinking, evaluation skills, the ability to see many different viewpoints or schools of thought and the progress of human morality.

Where To Study:

  1. Cambridge
  2. Oxford
  3. LSE

Top 10 Courses Figures Ucas, source: Independent

Employability Figures: Graduate Recruitment Bureau

Uni Subject League Tables 2017: The Complete University Guide

Now you are fully informed about the top ten most popular degrees in the UK. For some more unusual degrees read our 5 Weirdest Uni Courses article .

 

 

 

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