The top 10 increasingly popular degree subjects

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What are the most popular degree subjects?

Everyone knows that trends change all the time and education trends are no different. New courses are being introduced every year and students today have a far bigger choice of subjects to study than their parents or grandparents did.

But which courses are proving to be popular with the current intake of university students? 
Here are the top 10 increasingly popular degree subjects:

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Statistics show that the number of students studying music increased by almost 49% from 2008 to 2011 and this increase shows no sign of slowing down.

If you’re wondering where a degree in Music can take you then potential career options include becoming a professional musician, teaching music, or working as a music therapist.

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Mechanical Engineering

Applications to study Mechanical Engineering increased by over 50% between 2008 and 2011, with 4875 students enrolling in 2011.

The top 5 universities to study Mechanical Engineering in 2014 are: the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, the University of Bristol, Bath, and Southampton.

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Information Systems

This might sound like Computer Science but an Information Systems degree looks at the practical side of computing, including how to build a computer.

Enrolment in this subject has increased by 52.51 showing that the modern age of technology is definitely having an effect on the education system.

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Hospitality, Leisure, Tourism & Transport

These courses have always been popular and if you’re looking for a course that combines theory and practice in the industry then this could be a good choice.

The number of students enrolling in these subjects rose by nearly 54% between 2008 and 2011.

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Academic Studies in Education

The study of Education is different from a PGCE in that an Education degree looks at the history, theory, philosophy, and psychology of learning.

In 2010 5195 students enrolled to study Education increasing by 54.81% since 2007 proving that investigating the learning process and improving learning efficiency is as important as ever.

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It’s not just the Duke of Cambridge that’s enrolling to study Agriculture - 65.28% more students enrolled over a three year period than ever before.

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Clinical Medicine

Unsurprisingly Medicine is one of the most competitive degree subjects and Clinical Medicine is just one of the degree options if you want to study Medicine.

In 2010 1935 students were studying Clinical Medicine, showing a 65.30% increase in enrolment since 2007.

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A subject that combines a sport and an art form as well as teaching students the techniques, history, and academic aspects involved.

In 2007 less than 1000 students were enrolled on a Dance degree course, by 2010 there were nearly 1300 students – demonstrating a 66.27% increase.

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Cinematics & Photography

Another subject that has obviously been increasing in popularity in recent years that teaches students to combine theory and practice to create visual spectacles.

Enrolment has increased by 77.92% since 2007 and innovative technology means that students can explore their creative side in new ways.

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This subject has the most impressive increase on the list by a long way – 123.67% to be exact!

In 2010 there were nearly 9000 students enrolled in a Nursing course and it’s proving to be an popular choice for students going through Clearing.