Choosing Higher Education


How to choose your degree course and university


What is your favourite subject?


Acoustic, astrophysics, computer engineering, construction, earth sciences, electronics and broadcast engineering, astronomy, communications, engineering (civil, electrical, mechanical, electronic, medical etc), geophysics, opthalmics, robotics, diagnostic imaging, materials science, meteorology, molecular physics, quantum science and lasers, satellite technology, ship science, space science and systems.


Agricultural science, biochemistry, brewing, ceramics, chemical engineering, conservation, dietetics, drug discovery, environmental health, fire engineering, food science, forensic science, geochemistry, immunology, materials science, medicinal chemistry, nanotechnology, nutrition, oceanography, pharmacology, pharmacy, polymer science.


Anatomy, audiology, animal behaviour, biosciences, biotechnology, botany, cell biology, chiropractic, dentistry, dental technology, ecology, floriculture, genetics, health informatics, herbal medicine, horticulture, immunology, life sciences, marine and freshwater biology, medicine, microbiology, nursing, nutrition, ophthalmic dispensing, organic gardening, parasitology, plant science, physiology, psychology, speech and language therapy, sports science, sports turf studies, veterinary science, woodland management, zoology.


Accountancy, actuary, applied maths, artificial intelligence, business systems, business maths, computer science, computational mathematics, digital business, decision science, economics, engineering, entrepreneurship, financial services, logistics and supply chain management, mathematical science, operations management, quantity surveying, risk management, statistics.

Economics, Politics and Business Studies

Accountancy, actuary, banking, business studies, business decision methodology, business French, development studies, economics, estate management, geographic information systems, hospitality management, housing studies, human resource management, international finance/relations, land management, law, logistics, management sciences, marketing, planning development, politics, spa management, sport and recreation management, travel and tourism.


Artificial intelligence, coin slot technologies, computer animation, computer graphics, computer science, creative technologies, cyber security and computer forensics, digital media development, e-commerce, ethical hacking and countermeasures, forensic computing, game design and production management, information systems, internet information systems, mobile and wearable computing, mobile phone technology, multimedia computing, network engineering, telecommunications and networking, programming, software engineering, web design.

Geography, Geology

Anthropology, archeology, architecture, cartography, countryside management, development studies, earth science, ecology, environmental scientist, environmental management, environmental planning, forestry, housing management, hydrologist, hydro-geologist, geophysicist, geochemist, geographical information systems, human geography, international development, landscape architecture, logistics, marketing, meteorology, mountain leadership, oceanography, petroleum engineers, physical geography, surveying, town planning, tourism, transport planning, urban land economics, quarry engineering, water management.

History, Sociology

Anthropology, archeology, art history, arts management, classics, community studies, creative writing, drama, espionage and intelligence, ethics, European studies, government, history of medicine, humanities, human rights, Irish studies, journalism, linguistics, media studies, medieval studies, peace studies, philosophy, politics and government, population studies, social work, sociology, theology, war studies, welfare law.

Art and Design

Advertising design, animator, architectural history, architectural history, architecture, computer and video games, fashion business, fine art, footwear design, furniture design, computer games designer, garden design, heritage, illustration, landscape architecture, media operations, model making, multimedia designer, newspaper design, painting and drawing, photography, product design, retail display, silversmith, special effects, tableware, television design, textile surface design, theatre costume, 3D design, typography, web design, webmaster, yacht design.


Ancient languages from Celtic to Sanskrit, modern languages from Arabic to Welsh (often combined with study of the culture), African studies, communication studies, European culture, hotel management, international business, international development, international relations, interpreting and translating, journalism, linguistics, marketing, public relations, media and cultural studies, speech and language therapy and tourism.

Music, Drama and Dance

Acoustics, acting, arts management, choreography, costume design, creative writing, dance, drama in the community, drama and screen studies, drama therapy, film and TV studies, theatre design, music and maths, musical theatre, music production, music and lifestyle journalism, music composition, music and digital media, performance arts, performance studies, popular music, production arts, special effects, specialist make up, stage management, sound arts, sonic arts, technical theatre studies, theatre practice, urban dance, visual culture, wildlife photography.


Clinical psychologist, occupational psychologist, educational psychologist, counselling psychologist, forensic psychologist, health psychologist, neuropsychologist, sports and exercise psychologist, research psychologist, psychotherapist, counsellor, teacher, social worker, human resources management, occupational therapist, speech and language therapist.


Sports and leisure facility management, teaching, coaching and instructing, refereeing and umpiring, sports development, physiotherapy, sports massage, sports and exercise scientist, osteopath, physiologist, sports doctor, chiropractic, sportswear and equipment design, sportswear and equipment sales, sportswear and equipment manufacture, lifeguard, green-keeping, sports journalists, broadcasters and photographers, sports agent/management, police, coastguard, armed services, outdoor activities work, diver.