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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 9,695 23,345 33,040
Accounting & Finance 2,380 14,305 16,685
Law 3,745 10,325 14,070
Art & Design 3,800 6,760 10,560
Economics 2,780 7,275 10,055
Computer Science 4,705 4,215 8,920
Mechanical Engineering 1,865 5,750 7,615
Politics 3,480 3,600 7,080
Biological Sciences 3,310 3,305 6,615
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 1,320 5,110 6,435
Psychology 3,330 2,965 6,295
Communication & Media Studies 2,745 3,125 5,870
Mathematics 1,465 4,265 5,725
Medicine 1,000 3,575 4,575
Drama, Dance & Cinematics 2,540 1,955 4,490
Architecture 1,635 2,800 4,435
Civil Engineering 870 3,525 4,400
Marketing 1,475 2,660 4,135
Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism 1,945 2,060 4,005
Chemical Engineering 535 2,760 3,295
Pharmacology & Pharmacy 625 2,485 3,110
English 1,390 1,645 3,035
Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering 845 1,895 2,735
Music 1,230 1,080 2,310
General Engineering 795 1,480 2,275
Sociology 1,125 1,120 2,245
Physics & Astronomy 1,085 1,015 2,095
Nursing 1,375 655 2,030
Chemistry 765 1,255 2,020
History 810 940 1,750
Geography & Environmental Science 655 1,060 1,715
Sports Science 795 455 1,245
Anatomy & Physiology 600 615 1,215
Materials Technology 340 855 1,195
Philosophy 625 535 1,155
Food Science 420 670 1,090
Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design 170 770 940
Education 410 530 940
Veterinary Medicine 85 825 910
Librarianship & Information Management 365 545 910
Building 140 735 875
Anthropology 470 360 830
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
Creative Writing 195 145 335
Archaeology 155 180 335
Occupational Therapy 215 105 320
Social Policy 135 170 305
Classics & Ancient History 155 145 300
Ophthalmics 45 215 260
Russian & East European Languages 140 105 245
German 180 55 235
Social Work 115 105 220
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 74,600 139,910 214,510

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.

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