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These Are The 10 Most Popular Degree Courses In The UK

Based on the number of UCAS applications.

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There’s a long list of factors to take into consideration when embarking on your journey into further education and narrowing down your degree choice.

From choosing a subject you’re passionate about to a course’s potential career prospects – there’s a lot of things to consider.

Perhaps now more than ever, university is seen as an investment in a young person’s future. Given the astronomical fees now attached to staying in education, the choice is harder than ever.

The reality is this, if you do opt for university, you should choose to study something you have a genuine interest in. This could be the first major stepping stone in your working life, so picking something purely on its financial possibilities probably isn’t the best idea.


Below are the ten most popular degree courses in the UK, based on the number of UCAS applications in 2018 (Via The Telegraph).

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10 – Economics

Applications: 58,480

Potential career paths:

  • Economist
  • Financial risk analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Financial planner
  • Accountant
  • Economic researcher
  • Financial consultant
  • Investment analyst
  • Actuary
  • Public sector roles
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9 – Sport and Exercise Science

Applications: 65,305

Potential career paths:

  • Sports science support (e.g. EIS, UK Sport, professional clubs)
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Sports Nutritionist
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Performance Analyst
  • Stength and conditioning
  • Personal training
  • Coaching and sports development
  • NHS exercise prescription
  • Health advisor
  • Research/academic – PhD, MSc, HE teaching/training.
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8 – Combinations within business and admin studies

Applications: 65,305

Potential career paths:

  • Actuarial analyst
  • Arbitrator
  • Business adviser
  • Business analyst
  • Business development manager
  • Chartered management accountant
  • Corporate investment banker
  • Data analyst
  • Data scientist
  • Forensic accountant
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Management consultant
  • Project manager
  • Risk manager
  • Stockbroker
  • Supply chain manager
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7 – Pre-clinical medicine

Applications: 75,395

Potential career paths:

  • Public health worker
  • Health journalist
  • Medical teacher
  • Clinical forensic medical examiner
  • Crowd doctor
  • Medical photographer
  • Medical / pharmaceutical researcher
  • Sports and exercise medicine
  • Volunteer work
  • Medical Sales
  • Medical legal advisor
  • Occupational physician
  • Transplant coordinator
  • Radiology / diagnostic imaging director
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6 – Management studies

Applications: 77,280

Potential career paths:

  • Actuarial analyst
  • Arbitrator
  • Business adviser
  • Business analyst
  • Business development manager
  • Chartered management accountant
  • Corporate investment banker
  • Data analyst
  • Data scientist
  • Forensic accountant
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Management consultant
  • Project manager
  • Risk manager
  • Stockbroker
  • Supply chain manager
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5 – Design studies

Applications: 89,400

Potential career paths:

  • Art Director
  • Creative Director
  • Drafter (Architecture and Engineering)
  • Film and Video Editor
  • Graphic Designer
  • Industrial/Product Designer
  • Marketing Manager
  • Multimedia Artist/Animator
  • Technical Writer
  • Web Designer
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4 – Computer Science

Applications: 95,035

Potential career paths:

  • Application analyst
  • Applications developer
  • CAD technician
  • Cyber security analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Database administrator
  • Forensic computer analyst
  • Game designer
  • Games developer
  • Information systems manager
  • IT consultant
  • Machine learning engineer
  • Multimedia programmer
  • Penetration tester
  • SEO specialist
  • Software engineer
  • Systems analyst
  • UX designer
  • VFX artist
  • Web designer
  • Web developer
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3 – Law by area

Applications: 119,430

Potential career paths:

  • Barrister
  • Chartered legal executive
  • Conveyancer
  • Judicial assistant
  • Law costs lawyer
  • Legal cashier
  • Legal secretary
  • Paralegal
  • Probate practitioner
  • Researcher at Law Commission
  • Usher
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2 – Psychology

Applications: 121,465

Potential career paths:

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Counselling psychologist
  • Educational psychologist
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Further education teacher
  • Health psychologist
  • High intensity therapist
  • Occupational psychologist
  • Psychological wellbeing practitioner
  • Sport and exercise psychologist
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1 – Nursing

Applications: 162,464

Potential career paths:

  • Adult nurse
  • Children’s nurse
  • Health play specialist
  • Health visitor
  • High intensity therapist
  • Learning disability nurse
  • Mental health nurse
  • Midwife
  • Paramedic
  • Physician associate


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