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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 9,780 23,145 32,925
Accounting & Finance 2,395 14,175 16,570
Law 3,775 10,315 14,085
Art & Design 3,860 6,780 10,635
Economics 2,785 7,275 10,060
Computer Science 4,755 4,205 8,960
Mechanical Engineering 1,890 5,760 7,650
Politics 3,475 3,600 7,070
Biological Sciences 3,305 3,305 6,610
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 1,335 5,125 6,460
Psychology 3,345 2,965 6,310
Communication & Media Studies 2,835 3,145 5,980
Mathematics 1,465 4,265 5,725
Medicine 1,000 3,575 4,575
Drama, Dance & Cinematics 2,550 1,965 4,515
Architecture 1,640 2,805 4,445
Civil Engineering 870 3,525 4,400
Marketing 1,510 2,660 4,170
Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism 1,985 2,095 4,080
Chemical Engineering 535 2,760 3,295
Pharmacology & Pharmacy 625 2,485 3,110
English 1,395 1,645 3,040
Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering 845 1,890 2,735
Music 1,275 1,080 2,355
Sociology 1,125 1,115 2,240
General Engineering 790 1,445 2,240
Physics & Astronomy 1,085 1,015 2,095
Chemistry 765 1,255 2,020
Nursing 1,370 645 2,015
History 810 940 1,750
Geography & Environmental Science 655 1,055 1,710
Sports Science 835 465 1,295
Materials Technology 365 885 1,255
Anatomy & Physiology 600 615 1,215
Philosophy 625 535 1,155
Food Science 420 670 1,090
Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design 170 770 940
Education 400 525 925
Librarianship & Information Management 370 550 920
Veterinary Medicine 85 825 910
Building 145 740 885
Anthropology 480 360 840
History of Art, Architecture & Design 390 370 760
Geology 185 545 730
Physiotherapy 275 320 595
Complementary Medicine 300 260 560
Linguistics 220 330 550
East & South Asian Studies 305 235 540
French 340 130 470
Dentistry 45 410 455
Iberian Languages 335 100 435
Agriculture & Forestry 190 195 390
Medical Technology 295 85 385
Forensic Science 230 125 355
Archaeology 155 180 335
Creative Writing 190 145 335
Social Policy 135 170 305
Classics & Ancient History 155 145 300
Occupational Therapy 210 90 300
Ophthalmics 45 215 260
Russian & East European Languages 140 105 245
German 180 55 235
Social Work 115 100 220
Middle Eastern & African Studies 85 75 160
Theology & Religious Studies 80 80 160
Land & Property Management 30 110 145
Aural & Oral Sciences 75 65 140
Italian 65 30 95
Celtic Studies 40 10 50
American Studies 40 5 50
Total 75,165 139,650 214,815

Based on data supplied by Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited (HESA), 2015-16. To comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Human Rights Acts 1998, all student numbers are rounded to the nearest 5.

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