Popular undergraduate courses in the UK
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The most sought-after undergraduate courses in the UK

Explore the popular undergraduate courses in the UK. Learn which are the universities offering them, the course duration, tuition fee and more.

23 May 2021 118 Book icon 9 mins Share
Popular undergraduate courses in the UK

Which country would you choose to study in, in 2021? Well, more than 25,000 students from India chose the UK.

The UK is currently climbing up the ladder to claim its position as the most favourable destination for international students. They have been successful in alleviating to some extent, the gloom brought by the pandemic. All thanks to their vaccination rollout programme.

Now more and more students are expressing interest in studying in the UK when compared to other destinations. The latest QS Global Survey says so. If you want to learn about the options available in the UK, talk to our counsellors who have experience sending thousands of students abroad.

The general trend in India is that students undertake their Bachelor’s course here in India and go abroad for their masters. Well, it needn’t be so. There are umpteen options for students to study undergraduate courses in the UK and other countries abroad. Let’s explore some of those.

Popular undergraduate courses in the UK chosen by your peers

Business and Management

Some of the popular undergraduate courses in the UK fall under the subject Business and management.

Business and Management related courses top the list of the most preferred undergraduate courses in the UK. Here are some of the popular ones:

BA Business Management

Most of the BA Business Management courses offered are honours courses and this is the one favoured by Indian students too.

London Metropolitan University offers 2 BA Business Management (Hons) courses. Both would cost around 13.5 lakh rupees per year as tuition fees.

  1. Business Management BA (Hons) with a foundation year is a full-time degree course, 4-year duration. This is ideal for students who do not have the usual qualifications to enter a business school or if they cannot meet the entry requirements.
  2. The Business Management BA (Hons) course is a full-time, 3-year course.

The University of Derby offers similar 3-year and 4-year BA Business Management (Hons) courses. The tuition fees for these courses are around 14.5 lakh per year.

  1. Business Management BA (Hons) is a full-time course which will take 3 years to complete. An external CMI mentor will be available to support and guide every student.
  2. Business Management with Foundation Year BA (Hons) is a full-time, 4-years course and is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute.

Some other institutions that offer general or specialised Business Management BA (Hons) courses include:

Note that all applications to universities in the UK go through the UCAS or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service.

BSc Accounting and Finance

If you are looking for undergraduate courses in the UK, you should check out the City University of London. It is among the top business schools in Europe. Sir John Cass Business School is part of the City University of London. Financial accounting, corporate finance, financial management, taxation, economics and statistics are some of the subjects you’ll be taught here as part of the accounting and finance courses. 2 courses are offered by City, University of London.

  1. Accounting and Finance (with professional placement) BSc (Hons) - Students enrolled in this full-time, 4-years course will be eligible to apply for the Micro-Placements Programme. You will be able to apply for a 3-5 weeks summer placement. The tuition fee is around 20 lakhs per year.
  2. The Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons) is a full-time course, which will take 3 years to complete. The tuition fee is close to 21 lakhs per year.

Cardiff University offers a similar set of courses:

  1. Accounting and Finance with a Professional Placement Year BSc (Hons) – Full time, 4-years course with tuition fee around 19 lakh rupees per year. This course offers a research-led environment.
  2. Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons) – Accountants practising with global firms will be delivering many classes. Tuition fee is around 19 lakhs per year.

Some other institutions that offer general or specialised Business Management BA (Hons) courses include:

BSc International Business Management

BSc International Business Management is one of the popular undergraduate courses in the UK. This course prepares students for a global career, focusing on the current business practices and latest ideas. Speak to our counsellors if you want to know about the application process for studying in the UK.

London Metropolitan University offers 2 courses with tuition fees of around 13 lakh rupees per year:

International Business Management BSc (Hons) – Full time degree course with a duration of 3 years. The completion of the course will also give you a CMI Level 6 Diploma in Management and Leadership. You’ll also have the opportunity for short-term and long-term accredited work placements.

International Business Management (including foundation year) BSc – This is ideal for students who do not have the traditional qualifications to apply for a business and management-related course.

Some other institutions that offer this course include:

Next in line are Engineering courses

Trending Engineering undergraduate courses in the UK

Some of the popular undergraduate courses in the UK fall under the subject Engineering.

Mechanical engineering

As part of the mechanical engineering course, you will learn to develop, design, analyse, manufacture, and maintain products and parts of products.

Anglia Ruskin University offers 3 courses in Mechanical Engineering at the undergraduate level.

  1. Mechanical Engineering (with Placement year) BEng (Hons) – You’ll be using simulation software for learning. With the placement option, you’ll be able to get hands-on experience during your course. It is a full-time, 4-years course.
  2. Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) – Full-time, 3 years course.
  3. Mechanical Engineering [with Foundation Year] BEng (Hons) – Full-time, 4 years course.

Cardiff University offers BEng courses:

  1. Mechanical Engineering (Year in Industry) BEng (Hons): Apart from the theoretical and practical learning, you’ll have the option to spend a year in industrial placement between your second and third year. It is a full-time, 4 years course.
  2. Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons): A full-time, 3-years course. The tuition fee is around 22.5 lakh per year.

Some of the less costly options include the courses offered by:

Civil Engineering

You’ll be learning the design, construction and maintenance of structures as part of a civil engineering course. Here are some universities that offer bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in the UK.

Anglia Ruskin University offers BEng as well as BSc courses, both regular and honours courses.

  1. Civil Engineering (with Placement Year) BEng (Hons) – Full-time, 4-years
  2. Civil Engineering (with Placement Year) BSc (Hons) – Full-time, 4-years
  3. Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) – Full-time, 3-years
  4. Civil Engineering BSc (Hons) – Full time, 3-years
  5. Civil Engineering [with Foundation Year] BEng – Full-time, 4-years
  6. Civil Engineering [with Foundation Year] BSc – Full-time, 4-years

Cardiff University offers BEng, honours courses. The tuition fee per year is around 22.5 lakh:

  1. Civil Engineering (Year in Industry) BEng (Hons) – Full-time, 4-years course
  2. Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) – Full-time, 3-years course

Some of the cheaper options include civil engineering BEng or BSc courses offered by:

Automotive Engineering

Automotive Engineering is one of the popular undergraduate courses in the UK. The University of Warwick offers Automotive Engineering BEng (Hons) which is a full-time, 4-years course. The university has a dedicated Placement and Internship officer who supports students in getting summer or year-long placement opportunities. The cost of the course is close to 28 lakhs per year.

Birmingham City University BEng (Hons) course options with a foundation year and professional placement year. The tuition fee for these courses is around 13.5 lakh per year.

Automotive Engineering BEng (Hons) – 3-years

Automotive Engineering with Foundation Year BEng (Hons) – 4-years

Automotive Engineering with Professional Placement Year BEng (Hons) – 4-years

Other options include the BEng Automotive Engineering courses offered by:

Health and Medicine related courses are also preferred by Indian students.

Health and Medicine-related undergraduate courses in the UK

Some of the popular undergraduate courses in the UK fall under the subjects of Health and Medicine.

BSc Psychology

In universities abroad, psychology is often offered with other subjects like Criminology, Criminal justice, Developmental disorders, Sociology etc. The general Psychology courses are usually Honours degrees. Here are some of the universities that you can try.

University of South Wales offer:

London Metropolitan University offers:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a foundation year - Psychology (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) which is a full-time, 4-year course. The tuition fee is around 13.5 lakh per year.
  • Psychology BSc (Hons) is also on offer, which is a full-time, 3-year course. This course and the above are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as granting eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). It is particularly important if you intend to become a Chartered Psychologist.

If you are looking for less expensive options for studying Psychology as an undergraduate course in the UK, you can try online/distance courses, like the one offered by Open University.

Some other universities in the UK that offer this course include:

If you would like to explore more options, just reach out to our experts.

BSc Biomedical science

Interested in being a registered biomedical scientist? This course can pave the path to it. Here are some of the universities that offer BSc Biomedical Science course, most of which are honours courses.

The University of Surrey offers the following variety of courses for BSc Biomedical Science. Surrey is a top-ranking university on a global level:

  1. Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) – Full-time, 3-year course
  2. Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) with placement – You will be completing Professional Training Placement as part of this course. It is a full-time, 4-year course.
  3. Biomedical Science with Foundation Year BSc (Hons)

The University of Gloucestershire offers 2 courses in BSc Biomedical Science. The tuition fee is around 15 lakh rupee per year:

  1. Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) – Full-time, 3-year course.
  2. Biomedical Science (with placement) BSc (Hons) – Full-time, 4-year course. You can explore short internships to year-long placements with this course.

Here are some other universities in the UK that offer BSc Biomedical Science course:

Travel and hospitality is an evergreen subject

Some of the popular undergraduate courses in the UK fall under the subject travel and hospitality.

Some favoured undergraduate courses in the UK under this subject are:

BA International Hospitality management

The University of Derby offers a 3-year and a 4-year undergraduate course in International Hospitality Management. The tuition fee for the courses is around 14.5 lakh per year.

  1. International Hospitality Management BA (Hons) – This is a full-time, 3-year course.
  2. International Hospitality Management with Foundation Year BA (Hons) – The foundation year is intended to strengthen your skills and knowledge so that you are better prepared for the honours course. This is a full-time, 4-year course.

Robert Gordon University, which is often listed in the top universities in the world, offers a BA course in International Hospitality Management. They offer the opportunity to meet and speak to experts within the hospitality industry. You will also have student membership to the Institute of Hospitality. It is the world’s leading professional body in this industry.

International Hospitality Management BSc (Hons) is a full-time, 3-year course.

Several other institutions, such as the University of West London, offer this as a BSc course. The course tuition fee is around 13.5 lakh rupee per year.

There are other institutions that offer the BA International Hospitality Management course:

BA International Tourism Management

As part of the International Tourism Management course, you will learn how to manage sustainable tourism and tourism development and also learn how places and organisations benefit from it.

The University of Chester offers the following courses:

  1. International Tourism Management (with Professional Placement Year) BA (Hons): This 4-year, full-time course is accredited by the Tourism Management Institute. The university promises that students will be ready with the skills that future employers might look for. You have the option to do a year of paid employment or you can choose to study abroad (outside the United Kingdom). Around 13 lakhs is the tuition fee per year.
  2. International Tourism Management (including Foundation Year) BA (Hons): If you have the commitment to explore a course for which you do not have the necessary qualifications, you can definitely try a course that includes a foundation year. The tuition fee is different for different years of the course. Please check with the institution or get in touch with our experts.

BA in International Tourism Management is offered by other institutions like:

Several other institutions offer the BSc course:

Computer Science and IT courses never go out of trend

Some of the popular undergraduate courses in the UK fall under the subject Computer Science and IT.

BSc Computer Science

One of the most preferred undergraduate courses in the UK is BSc Computer Science. More than 2000 Bachelor’s degree courses in Computer Science are offered by institutions in the UK. Let’s explore the popular ones.

Computer Science BSc (Hons) and Computer Science [with Placement year] BSc (Hons) are the ones offered by Anglia Ruskin University. You’ll be using the latest digital technology to work on computing projects. Computer design, graphics, gaming, programming and applications development are some of the fields for which you’ll develop your skills.

The University of Surrey offers Computer Science BSc (Hons) and you can choose between a 3-year or 4-year course. The 4-year course will include a year of placement. The tuition fee is around 23 lakhs per year. The topics covered include object-oriented programming, artificial intelligence, computer security and computational mathematics.

Some other institutions that offer BSc Computer Science course include:

LLB, BSc Economics, BA Architecture and BA Fashion Designing are also in demand. This is not an exhaustive list. Head to our site, explore the wide range of options available and pick the one that suits you best! You can also reach out to our counsellors for expert advice on anything related to studying in the United Kingdom.

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