The Universities UK report Patterns and Trends in UK Higher Education has highlighted that there has been a 47% increase in the number of students studying veterinary science in the last decade, which represents the largest increase in all subjects taught at UK universities. This was closely followed by an increase in biological sciences students of 40% and then a 29% increase in students studying mathematical sciences. The subjects that have seen the biggest decrease in student numbers in the last 10 years are combined subjects which fell by 67%, languages at 21% and education falling by 26%.
Other observations from the report include the fact that 19% of all students in the UK are international students, and there has been an overall increase in the demand for university places amongst new entry students, especially amongst those from a less advantaged background where 49% are more likely to apply to university today than 10 years ago.
“University report shows increase in veterinary science students.“
In terms of employment opportunities, last year saw just 2.8% of graduates unemployed and an average salary of £33,000 for UK graduates versus a salary of £23,000 for those who did not graduate from university and a 5.3% unemployment rate within this demographic.