There are over 65,000 courses to choose from at UK universities, and some more than others offer excellent graduate employment prospects once your degree is over. Using data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency, we have taken a look at the top seven subjects in the UK which offer the highest employment rates for graduates.
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Most Employable Degrees in the UK
1. Medicine & Dentistry
With a 99.4% employment rate within six months of graduating, medicine and dentistry programmes are the most employable in the UK. There are limited spaces on medical programmes in the UK, and competition for places is notoriously fierce.
- Subject guide: Medicine and Dentistry
- Career opportunities: Anaesthetist, Cardiologist, Clinical radiologist, General practice doctor, Hospital doctor, and Neurologist (Medicine) and Dental hygienist, Dental technician, Dental therapist and Dentist (Dentistry).
- Expected salary (six months after graduation): Medicine: £50,373; Dentistry: £30,000 per year.
2. Veterinary Science
Veterinary Science involves the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illnesses for animals and, similar to medicine, there are very limited places available at the eight veterinary schools in the UK. 95.9% of graduates in this subject find employment within six months of graduation.
- Subject guide: Veterinary Science
- Career opportunities: Animal nutritionist and Veterinary surgeon are the two most common career choices after a degree in veterinary science.
- Expected salary: £30,500.
3. Allied Medicine Subjects
Medicine is an extremely broad subject, and doesn't just encompass the doctors who treat you, but also the theatre technicians, pharmacists and medical researchers who work together to help save lives. Across subjects such as these, 95.3% were employed six months after graduation.
- Subject guide: Physiotherapy / Health Studies / Pharmacy
- Career opportunities: Dietician, Nutritionist, Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist.
- Expected salary: £34,137.
Do you have the ability to inspire, motivate, manage and deal with challenging behaviour? 94.4% of graduates in education are employed or go on to further study upon graduation, and a career in teaching can be highly rewarding.
- Subject guide: Education
- Career opportunities: Early years teacher, Ofsted inspector, Primary school teacher, and Teaching assistant.
- Expected salary: £19,000.
If you think you can take on the design, mechanics and construction of buildings and objects, a career in architecture is extremely rewarding. 90.1% of architecture students had found jobs or further study within six months of graduation.
- Subject guide: Architecture
- Career opportunities: Architect, CAD technician, and Urban designer are the most common job profiles after an architecture degree.
- Expected salary: £27,000.
89.9% of law students found employment or moved on to further studies within six months of graduating, with many focussing on specialised areas at postgraduate level. Law remains one of the most popular subjects to study in the UK.
- Subject guide: LLB Law / LLM Law
- Career opportunities: Solicitor, Arbitrator, and Barrister are the most common job profiles after a law degree in the UK.
- Expected salary: £25,000.
7. Biological Sciences
Biological Science is the study of all living things and in recent years the subject has boomed in popularity. 89.2% of graduates between 2014 and 2015 found employment as marine biologists, microbiologists and nanotechnologists.
- Subject guide: Biotechnology
- Career opportunities: Common job profiles for biotechnology graduates include Biotechnologist, Pharmacologist, and Teaching laboratory technician.
- Expected salary: £19,000.
Job Prospects FAQ
Medicine is one of the most employable degrees in the UK, closely followed by education, veterinary science and law.
Amongst all UK jobs, Medicine and Dentistry has the highest employment rate at 99.4%.
Architecture is one of the hardest degrees to succeed in in the UK, closely followed by medicine and law.
Medicine and dentistry are among the best courses to get a job immediately after graduation.
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