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Business education has certainly become one of the most popular programmes for students aspiring to higher education qualifications across the globe. This is not surprising as after the recent global financial crisis, the job market has become increasingly competitive and employers have become more stringent about the recruitment process. A business degree can help graduates get an edge over others and make them eligible for a number of employment opportunities in various fields. Hence more and more students are now planning to pursue business studies from reputed universities and B-schools, whether online or on-campus.

Demand For Business Study

Recently The Guardian Postgraduate Guide for 2015 was released which offers an overview of various courses available at UK universities this year. All the courses have been categorised into a total of 52 subject areas. Overall, the guide includes courses available at around 2,000

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This year’s guide revealed 2 major trends, the growing popularity of business programmes and the rise in the number of foreign students who come to the United Kingdom to earn postgraduate degrees. Most of the full-time postgraduate students in Britain are now international learners.

Most Popular Subjects

The Guardian 2015 Postgraduate Guide assures that hard-headed are prevalent as a result of the

challenging economic scenario. The new guide uses statistics from 2012-2013, which is the most recent year from which government data is available. In the specified year, business, management and marketing, were the most popular postgraduate subjects among students, both regarding universities offering the subject and students pursuing it.

Around 121 providers offered business, management and marketing in the tables prepared by The Guardian. Moreover, over 70,000 students were registered for taught postgraduate courses in business. An additional 17,000 students were studying the related topics namely finance and accounting. Next on the list of most popular subject was Education with around 71,000 taught postgraduate students and 97 providers. Most of them were pursuing PGCE teaching qualifications instead of a full master’s degree.

Here is a list of the top 5 most popular subjects:

Subjects Providers Taught postgraduates
Business, Management & Marketing 121 70051
Education 97 71064
Psychology 90 12101
Computer Science & Information Systems 89 11414
Accounting & Finance 83 17373

Rise Of International Students 

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There is no doubt that universities in the UK are highly popular among international students as a study destination, and this was observed more at the postgraduate level, rather than the undergraduate level. It was found that more than 140,000 students, domiciled outside the United Kingdom, were pursuing postgraduate courses in UK colleges and universities during 2012-13. This figure was over 33 per cent of all postgraduate learners.Rise Of International Students

The study patterns of these learners were pretty different from British students. Where most UK postgraduate students are usually working and studying part-time, with only 33 per cent studying full-time, students from abroad who have travelled to the United Kingdom normally go for full-time courses, with almost 85 per cent students. Hence, most of the full-time postgraduate students were international students in 2012-2013.

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