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The UK is always a popular option for postgrad study abroad and perhaps it's one you're thinking of for your Masters. But what subjects do other students actually pick? And is the kind of Masters you're thinking of a popular choice for international study?
Knowing the answer can be useful: it could give you some idea of how common postgraduate qualifications are likely to be in your subject, or show you which kinds of course are likely to be the most 'international', with a greater mix of students from different countries.
The table below gives the latest official numbers for international students studying different subjects at postgraduate taught level (so, Masters degrees, as well as shorter courses like Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas, but not PhDs) at UK universities. It also shows what percentage of students studying that subject are from outside the UK, so you can see how 'international' a subject is. You can read a little bit more about the data at the bottom of this page.
|1||Business & Administrative Studies||59,290||62|
|2||Economics, Politics, Sociology & other Social Studies||14,645||34|
|3||Engineering & Technology||13,695||58|
|4||Creative Arts & Design||9,895||44|
|6||Education (including Teacher Training)||7,325||11|
|8||Nursing, Health and other Subjects Allied to Medicine||6,220||10|
|9||Mass Communications & Media Studies||5,325||50|
|11||Architecture, Building & Planning||5,200||35|
|12||Languages, Literature, Linguistics & Classics||4,335||40|
|14||Medicine & Dentistry||2,575||22|
|15||History, Archaeology & Philosophy||2,525||25|
|The information in this table is based on official HESA statistics for student numbers in the 2017-18 academic year.|
This table clearly shows that the UK is a very popular choice for international students looking for MBAs and other Business Masters degrees. Not only are these the most popular courses for people studying abroad, they also have the greatest percentage of international students. In fact, most of the people studying a UK Masters degree in Business & Management will be international students.
Other very international subjects include Engineering and Mathematics (where the majority of Masters students are from outside the UK) as well as Computer Science, Law and the Creative Arts.
We've worked out the most popular postgraduate subjects using information published by the UK's Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). They collect data and publish official statistics for UK higher education.
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