Top 12 degree subjects for getting a job in the UK

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When choosing which degree course to study, students are often torn between courses they find interesting and courses that will enhance their job prospects. The good news is that at UK universities, great emphasis is placed on teaching students transferable skills. This means many students study a particular subject but then use the skills gained during their studies to work in a different field.

Nonetheless, there are a number of courses which offer some straightforward career paths for students. The Telegraph has collated a list of the top 12 degree subjects for getting a job after graduating:

  1. Medicine and Dentistry

Medicine and Dentistry graduates have the highest graduate employment rates. About 99.4% of graduates succeeded in finding jobs or go on to further study within six months of graduating. The majority of medicine and dentistry graduates (92%) found employment in the UK. There are five medical schools in London.

  1. Education

92.6% of graduate students with degrees relating to education found work or decided on further study. A number of excellent universities offer education degrees in London, including the world renowned UCL Institute of Education.

  1. Veterinary science

Veterinary science ranks third in the graduate employment statistics, with 91.9% of graduates in either work or study. In London, the Royal Veterinary College provides world-leading veterinary science education.

  1. Subjects allied to medicine

Subjects allied to medicine also provide good career prospects for students. This category includes degrees such as biomedical science and neurology, where 91.8% of graduates could quickly find a job after graduation. Read the life sciences subject guide for information on which universities offer relevant courses.

  1. Law

Law graduates are amongst the most successful in finding well-paid employment. Around 88.6% of law graduates found work or some form of further study. Read about the best law schools in London.

  1. Biological sciences

87.1% of biological sciences graduates found jobs or went on to further study shortly after graduating. They are sought after in a number of industries such as the booming biotech industry.

  1. Mathematical sciences

Mathematicians are needed in many industries and thus graduate employment chances are good. 86.5% of graduates found work or further education within six months of graduating.

  1. Languages

Languages are a highly sought after skill in the job market, which is confirmed by the statistics – 86% of language graduates succeeded in finding jobs.

  1. Engineering

85.4% of engineering graduates found work or took up further studies after graduating. There are a number of universities in London which offer a wide spectrum of engineering degrees. Read about the top engineering courses in London.

  1. Historical & philosophical studies

Not at the top of the list for many international students, but historical and philosophical studies graduates do well in the job market. 85.4 % had landed jobs or further studies within six months of finishing their degrees.

  1. Architecture, building and planning

Architecture is a popular course choice for international students and graduates have good employment chances. 85.2% of graduates in this area were successful in finding jobs or further educations. Read about the top architecture courses in London.

  1. Business & administrative studies

Business and administrative studies includes some of the most popular degree subjects for international students in London. 85% of graduates with a business degree found work or further study within six months of graduating. Find out more about the best business schools in London.

43 comments on “Top 12 degree subjects for getting a job in the UK

  1. zameer says:


  2. Am from Ghana, please can you offer me the opportunity to study in your school

  3. Chipatiso Tapiwa says:

    Thats great. Keep on offering good courses.

  4. MATHAYO ABEID says:

    I am from Tanzania in my first degree I specialised in Linguistics am looking for master scholarship in LINGUISTICS please connect me

  5. oluseun omokagbor says:

    I want to study nursing but I have finished animal science from nigeria.

  6. Uboegbulam joshua chimbueze says:

    Please can you tell me the procedures on how to apply for addmission and scholarship to study in your school as an undergraduate student. (course: medicine and surgery).

  7. MANOLIS.P says:

    that’s why it’s so demanding to be accepted in such subjects despite the fee in so expensive.

  8. prince says:

    am a Ghanaian and want to be enrolled in one of de university in London with affordable tuition and fees at a lesser price

  9. James Quee says:

    How can one easily gain admission to do a post graduate course

  10. ferdaws abdulghafoor says:

    hi can i get that opertunity to study any of those subjects thanks

  11. Bonney says:

    Great piece of advice. Thanks alot but I hope this is not the same as are countries. Because research is based in London alone. All the same I really appreciate it

  12. Jean Pierre Ndiaye says:

    I m from Senegal I’m bouth a protestant church Pastor and physics & chemistry junior school teacher, I want to Study in the earier of solar energy or computer science engineering. Please I need your help. Tank you God bless you

  13. Martha says:

    Am from Nigeria, I want to study in your school but don’t know/have the requirements.

  14. Ineza Clemence says:

    Hallo.i want to know the eligibility to study in london

  15. martins says:

    please am currently doing anatomy in my undergraduate level,it is possible after graduating,for me to further in medicap school

  16. Emeka FearGod .s. says:

    Please can i apply for am undergraduat program in your school

  17. Tingwey eric tewum says:

    I need an admision letter

  18. Very supportive. But may you please help me to get an opportunity to study in one of your University? I have the interest but no financial support. Please, i shall be very grateful !

  19. Very supportive. But may you please help me to get an opportunity to study in one of your Universities? I have read about your programmes and they are all very good. I have very much interests but no financial support to back it up. Please, i shall be very grateful for your concern!

  20. faraz farrukh says:

    Im a graphic designer and please can you offer me the opportunity to study in your school.

  21. cosmas says:

    am finding opportunity to study in your school to persuing dentist coz am wishing to study there but am lack support from my relative am from Tanzania

  22. Imoro A Inusah says:

    I would like to study in London if given the opportunity and support

  23. MUNYENSANGA Philbert says:

    can we join you to study?

  24. omondi fredrick says:

    am really looking forward to study in London and am from kenya

  25. omondi fredrick says:

    really looking forward to to have my university education there in the school of business otherwise thanks

  26. upul chaminda says:

    seriously my daughter is interested on business studies and what are the qualifications that she needs to start her higher studies in a london university

    • Study London says:

      Hello, please take a look at our Your Country section to find general entry requirements for international students. Should your country not be listed, please contact the universities you are interested in directly for more information about their entry requirements.

  27. Samuel says:

    am a Nigerian how can I get in tourch with your scholarship program to study education and biology

  28. Yvonne says:

    am from Ghana how can i get admission to your school.and also what marks do i need to get before i can qualify to study nursing(undergraduate)

  29. can you please give me a scholarship to study in London?

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