Universities in all parts of the UK have a worldwide reputation for high quality teaching and research, as evidenced by global rankings such as the QS World University Rankings and THE Global Rankings. This high standard is maintained by recruiting the best staff, building better campuses and ensuring the best facilities are available
Another reason for the UK’s appeal is the wide variety of courses and subjects for students to study. The SI-UK course search allows you to search over 60,000 UK university courses, and below are ten of the most popular for international students. Learn more and arrange your free consultation with SI-UK today to begin your journey towards studying in the UK.
Most Popular UK Courses for Overseas Students
1. Business Studies (36,588 students*)
A Business and Management degree focuses on the planning, running and operations of an organisation. Students will look at each part of a business, including areas such as finance, marketing, human resources and administration, and many Business and Management programmes offer placements with globally recognised companies, enabling you to experience firsthand what the profession involves.
2. Accounting and Finance (16,915 students)
Accounting and Finance courses in the UK will help you craft unique perspectives and knowledge on economics, mathematics, political science, psychology and sociology. Students will learn how to prepare and interpret financial information, as well as gaining a theoretical and practical understanding of core financial practice.
3. Undergraduate Law
Almost all UK law courses allow students the option of taking a year’s professional placement at a firm, while overseas study is also available. Students can also choose to combine Law with another subject such as business, politics or journalism.
4. Economics (9,917 students)
Economics students will develop their problem solving, data analysis, computing and written and oral presentation skills, all abilities which are highly regarded and sought after in today’s economic climate.
5. Art & Design (9,812 students)
Studio-based work is central to all Art courses and can include painting, sculpture, installation, printing, photography and digital media, with students specialising in their own area of interest.
6. Computer Science (9,182 students)
A Computer Science degree at a UK university will provide you with the core skills needed to shape businesses and organisations. New tools, programs and development kits will help develop your knowledge and ability in areas such as IT, games development, software engineering, design and security.
7. Mechanical Engineering (7,111 students)
Mechanical Engineering is a discipline of engineering that applies the principles of physics and materials science for analysis, design, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems.
8. Politics (6,861 students)
A Politics degree at a UK university will provide students with an understanding of the key dynamics of different political systems around the world, how governments deal with crisis, debt, human right and the nature of society.
9. Electrical Engineering (6,531 students)
Electrical Engineering... is a field of engineering that generally deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics and electromagnetism. It covers a range of subtopics including power, electronics, control systems, signal processing and telecommunications.
10. Biological Sciences (6,384 students)
Biological sciences is the study of life and living organisms, their life cycles, adaptations and environment.
*Total number of first degree non-UK students for 2014/15 academic year.
How long do UK degrees take to complete?
Undergraduate degrees at UK universities tend to last three years at Bachelor level (BA, BEng, BSc), while foundation programmes can last up to two years, with the option to join a bachelor’s programme in the third year to complete the degree. Postgraduate courses in most cases last one year.