Students 'choose practical degrees'News
Practical courses such as engineering and dentistry are becoming more popular as prospective students try to boost their chances of securing a graduate job, new figures have shown.
Applications for subjects such as veterinary science have risen over the past few months, with courses linked to medicine proving particularly popular as students opt for degrees that appear to offer the chance of stable employment as soon as they leave university.
Courses including nursing, midwifery, pathology and radiography saw applications rise by almost a fifth in the four months before Christmas.
Johnny Rich, editor of the university guide Push.co.uk, said: "The increase in applications over the last few years has been based on what students want to study. Now it is based on what they think they may earn money from."
Applications to study linguistics, including English, and the classics are down by 5%, while subjects such as history, philosophy and theology fell by 2%.
The data also reveals that students are applying to university in record numbers this year in a bid to beat the tuition fee hike planned for 2011.
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