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News » UK » Engineering courses on the rise but building and architecture in decline » published 6 Jan 2016

Engineering courses on the rise but building and architecture in decline

There has been a solid growth in the number of UK university students reading engineering subjects since 2007, but construction courses have declined in popularity.

In 2015 there were 24,000 UK residents accepted into UK universities to read engineering courses, an increase of 7.5% on 2014 and up by 64% compared to 2007.

UK applications accepted to read architecture, building and planning related subjects, also increased in 2015 – by 6.7% – but the longer term trend is not so positive. UK student numbers accepted on these subjects in higher education have dropped by more than 17% since 2007.

The data has been gathered by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

It also shows that 22% of students accepted onto UK high education engineering courses in 2015 were from overseas. The proportion for architecture, building and planning was similar, with 21% of students from overseas.

 

 

Number of UK residents accepted on to higher education course by subject area

 

  Year

Engineering

Architecture, Building and Planning

  2007

14,605

7,925

  2008

16,350

8,810

  2009

18,255

8,610

  2010

18,645

7,615

  2011

19,435

7,300

  2012

19,050

6,110

  2013

20,660

6,135

  2014

22,325

6,110

  2015

24,000

6,555

 

 

MPU

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This article was published on 6 Jan 2016 (last updated on 8 Jan 2016).

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