The Current Most Popular Undergraduate Courses in The UK

Thousands of international students enrol at UK universities every single year. You might be considering joining the ever-increasing student crowd, but are still unsure about what course and subject area to study.
So we wanted to have a quick look at the statistics for the current most popular undergraduate courses in the UK, based on data gathered from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), to help you make the best decision.
Most popular male choice
According to data from HESA, the most popular course favoured by male undergraduate students were business and administratively related subjects.
Engineering and technology related subjects came in a close second, whereas veterinary science was statistically the least popular undergraduate course.
Data showed that in 2016/17, as many as 113,505 male students enrolled in business and administratively related courses.
The top 5 courses for male students were:

  • Business and administrative studies – with 113,505 enrolled
  • Engineering and technology – with 96,665 enrolled
  • Computer science – with 67,445 enrolled
  • Biological Sciences – with 66,630 enrolled
  • Social studies – with 60,690 enrolled

Most popular female choice
Amongst female students, it was undergraduate courses in subjects allied to medicine that was shown to be the most popular.
The data gathered from in 2016/17 revealed that as many as 135,535 female students enrolled on a subject allied to medicine. With the second most popular choice being similar to male students, in business and administration subjects.
Also, much like male students, veterinary science was again the least popular choice for undergraduate courses in the UK.
The top 5 courses for female students were:

  • Subjects allied to medicine – with 135,535 enrolled
  • Business and administrative subjects – with 106,510 enrolled
  • Biological Sciences – with 111,520 enrolled
  • Social studies – with 99,060 enrolled
  • Creative arts and design – with 93,645 enrolled

Most popular subject areas for international students
In terms of the most popular courses currently favoured by international students, the top ten subject areas are as follows: Business Studies

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Law
  • Economics
  • Art and Design
  • Computer Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Politics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Biological Sciences

Whatever course you’re interested in, if you are an international student looking to study in the UK, you can speak to us at IEC Abroad today. We’ll help you find the right university and course for you.