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What Subjects do International Students Study?

This table illuminates the different subject areas international students choose to study. Follow the subject links in the table to find out more about the selected degree.

What International Students Study

Subject Group EU Students Non-EU Students Total
Business & Management Studies 11,420 22,965 34,385
Accounting & Finance 2,365 15,050 17,415
Law 4,070 10,175 14,250
Computer Science 6,480 5,370 11,850
Art & Design 4,260 7,300 11,560
Economics 2,960 7,435 10,390
Mechanical Engineering 2,100 6,295 8,400
Biological Sciences 4,050 3,620 7,670
Politics 3,805 3,865 7,670
Psychology 4,075 3,195 7,265
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 1,340 5,280 6,620
Communication & Media Studies 3,140 3,340 6,480
Mathematics 1,690 4,540 6,230
er 2,725 3,105 5,830
Drama, Dance & Cinematics 3,315 2,230 5,545
Medicine 1,240 3,750 4,985
Architecture 1,640 3,075 4,710
Marketing 1,800 2,820 4,625
Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism 2,455 1,930 4,385
Civil Engineering 800 3,575 4,380
Chemical Engineering 610 2,795 3,405
English 1,480 1,625 3,105
Pharmacology & Pharmacy 745 2,350 3,100
Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering 1,095 1,965 3,060
Music 1,495 1,225 2,725
Physics & Astronomy 1,290 1,260 2,550
General Engineering 945 1,500 2,450
Sociology 1,275 1,095 2,370
Chemistry 940 1,370 2,310
History 915 1,065 1,975
Geography & Environmental Science 725 1,170 1,895
Nursing 1,365 395 1,760
Sports Science 1,090 650 1,740
Anatomy & Physiology 790 795 1,585
Philosophy 760 645 1,405
Materials Technology 385 940 1,325
Education 460 755 1,215
Veterinary Medicine 120 1,010 1,130
Food Science 450 655 1,105
Anthropology 610 415 1,025
Librarianship & Information Management 410 535 945
History of Art, Architecture & Design 455 450 905
Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design 190 690 880
Building 130 675 805
Geology 195 540 735
Physiotherapy 245 460 700
Linguistics 255 335 590
French 415 135 550
Dentistry 45 435 480
East & South Asian Studies 315 165 475
Agriculture & Forestry 240 210 445
Complementary Medicine 240 195 435
Iberian Languages 335 95 430
Forensic Science 295 125 420
Archaeology 190 220 410
Creative Writing 255 150 405
Medical Technology 275 105 375
Classics & Ancient History 185 190 375
Occupational Therapy 210 165 375
Social Policy 180 165 345
Social Work 150 140 290
Ophthalmics 50 220 270
German 195 55 250
Land & Property Management 30 165 195
Russian & East European Languages 115 75 185
Theology & Religious Studies 75 95 170
Aural & Oral Sciences 70 90 160
Middle Eastern & African Studies 80 60 140
Italian 55 25 80
Celtic Studies 30 15 40
American Studies 35 10 40
Total 89,220 149,550 238,770

Based on data supplied by Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited (HESA), 2016-17. To comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Human Rights Acts 1998, all student numbers are rounded to the nearest 5.

Find out more about studying in the UK – read our advice for international students.