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Top ten most popular courses in the UK

Discover which university courses are the most popular in the UK, according to our course search tool.

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Data from our course chooser shows us what the most-searched-for courses are over the past year. This interactive tool enables you to search through over 100,000 courses at more than 700 UK universities and colleges. You can search for courses by a wide range of criteria, including subject, entry requirements, league table position, region and more.

10. Marine Biology

Marine Biology is the study of organisms in the marine environment.

Dive into the depths of this sea-based science, where the amount of life that exists below water seems infinite. The studies marine biologists undertake are essential for the preservation of the Earth. Graduates are well sought after within the field, and also in the business world.

9. Medicine & Surgery

Medicine is the science and practice of the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. Surgery is the medical operation on a patient to treat, improve or repair the body.

Studying a medical degree can open many doors for graduates, and it’s a profession where you’re continually learning. Courses may be several years longer than a regular undergraduate degree, but the results are rewarding as it’s a subject with one of the highest graduate earnings.

8. Sports Psychology

Sports psychology is the interdisciplinary science focusing on how psychological factors affect sports performance, and how sport affects psychological development.

The body and mind work together hand-in-hand, and this subject is a popular search choice partly due to the increasing interest in exercise and mental wellbeing. Graduates can go on to careers such as coaching and development, or management and consultancy; many athletes consider their sports psychologist to be just as important as their physical coach.

7. Computer Science

Computer Science is the study of information technology.

If you study this complicated and methodical science you’ll specialise in the theory and design of computational systems, an area that dominates our world today. Due to its mathematical roots, many do not regard computer science as a creative subject. However, a systematic imagination is required to solve the many problems that you face – during your studies and in the professional environment.

6. Paramedical Science

Paramedical Science is the practical and theoretical study to help deliver reflexive medical care.

If you wish to be on the frontline in an emergency, a degree in paramedical science is the essential preparation tool to be able to perform well in unexpected and trying medical situations. As the sixth-most searched course on our website, it’s reassuring to know that many prospective students wish to learn how to save lives.

5. Actuarial Science

Actuarial Science is the application of maths and statistics to assess risk in financial situations.

A surprising result for the fifth-most searched course on our website, actuarial science is the perfect option for those who are interested in money and solving business problems. Graduates of this subject have progressed into career routes such as accountancy and insurance, as well as actuarial.

4. Psychology

Psychology is the study of the human mind.

The mind is an amazing place, and despite a lack of vocational certainty after studying it, psychology remains a popular field of study. Psychologists attempt to determine why people behave in a particular way, and if you get far in this field, you could reach dizzy heights: think Freud, Jung and Pavlov.

3. Make-up

Make-up is the creative development of the application of make-up in the fashion or media industries.

Another surprising result coming third in this top ten, make-up is an area where you learn how to make models or actors look a particular way for a part they are playing. Graduates can progress into exciting careers including theatrical make-up and special effects.

2. Law

Law is a study that specialises in legalities and bringing justice to criminals and victims.

Unsurprisingly, law is one of the most searched courses on our website. A degree provides you with the skills required to practise in law. Transferable skills include research, interpretation and explanation of complex subjects, analytical thinking and practical problem solving, good oral communication, negotiation, teamwork, attention to detail and the ability to draft formal documents.

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1. Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is the treatment of illnesses, injuries and disease via physical methods such as massage, heat treatment and exercise. This can be alongside, or instead of drug treatment.

At the top of the list, physiotherapy is a subject where graduates usually progress to work in the NHS or private sector; within hospitals or for private companies such as professional sports teams.

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