The Best British Degrees of 2017 - NCC Education

The Best British Degrees of 2017 13 October 2017


Choosing which degree to study at university can be a difficult decision.

Whether you have a degree in mind or you’re just looking for inspiration, find out which British degrees are rated the best and why.


Most Popular Degrees

The most popular degree of 2017, with a total of over 340,000 enrolments were courses related to medicine.

Business and administration related courses came in close second with 336,650 enrolments. Business related degrees are popular with students because of the combination of theoretical and practical learning. They also offer the best work experience placements, some with major corporations across the country.

The third most popular areas of study were degrees relating to biological sciences, followed by medicine, creative arts courses, social studies and engineering & technology.

It’s unsurprising that STEM courses (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are growing in popularity as further advancements in medicine/ technology are being discovered.

The demand for STEM careers is high and salaries are well paid; STEM degrees have good prospects for the future.


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Employment Rate

According to the Telegraph (2017) the degree with the best employment rate (employed within 6 months after graduating) is medicine, which came out on top with 96.6%. Followed by veterinary science at 95.9% and education at 94.4%.

These figures are high because of the increasing demand for workers within healthcare and education in the UK.

Law, business & administration and engineering & technology also ranked highly (with an impressive 89.9%, 88.3% and 87.8% respectively).

Business and technology degrees are extremely versatile and can branch out into many different areas such as finance, economics, HR, marketing, retail and education. Hence, there are plenty of job opportunities available to you within various sectors, should you choose to study business or technology related degrees at university.



According to Emolument 2017, the highest paid roles for graduates with British degrees tend to be in areas of:

  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Management and Business
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science

The salaries for the above are based on a graduate with at least 2 years of work experience and vary from £27,000 – £33,000.

Lower paid roles for graduates included: fine arts and design, English literature, media & communications and psychology.

These roles had salaries that ranged from £19,000 to £23,000. This could be because there are less job opportunities for those who wish to pursue humanities based subjects such as English and the arts, as a lot of these roles tend to be freelance or self-employed positions.



If you’re interested in studying a British degree, there are many university progression routes available to NCC Education students.


We also offer online top-up courses in the following:

BSc (Hons) Business Computing and Information Systems at the University of Central Lancashire.


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