4 Most Competitive University Degrees

by A Guest Author

Despite the row over tuition fees and the cost of getting a University education, the number of teenagers enrolling at University remains high.

Competition for places on some degree courses is intense, with only the very best applicants being taken.

So what are the hardest degree courses to get a place on?

Believe it or not, as of right now golf education is not on the list, though that may change in the near future.


In order to secure a place on a University medical degree, outstanding academic results are no longer enough.

Medical schools typically receive 2,500 applications for 300 places.

Any applicant to a medicine degree will need A grades across the board, but will also have to write a compelling personal statement saying why they want to be a doctor.

They will have to show a rounded personality with plenty of outside interests and hobbies, and any work experience in a medicine related field will be of enormous benefit too.

Students thinking about a career in medicine will also be invited to an interview where they will be quizzed by academic staff.

Veterinary Medicine

The quality of veterinary medicine courses in the UK has a worldwide reputation, and as students are attracted from across the globe, competition for UK students is intensified.

Straight A grades at A level are essential, along with lots of relevant work experience working with different types of animals.

Once on the course, students will learn everything from clipping rabbit’s claws to using horse hormone supplements, and will also spend time out on farms and with vet practices to hone their skills.

A qualified vet from a UK university can work anywhere in the world, so a UK graduate may end up dispensing their antibiotics or horse hormone supplements in Africa, the USA or Australia.


Getting onto a good law degree course is not quite as tough as the medical disciplines, but is still very demanding.

Extremely good A level passes will be required in subjects such as Maths or English, and the personal statement should try to convince the Admissions Officer that the candidate is serious and motivated to follow a career in the legal profession.

Students hoping to study their law degree at Oxford and Cambridge will have to go the extra mile to convince that they should be allocated a place on the course.

International Relations

Perhaps surprisingly, an international relations degree at certain universities such as the London School of Economics or St

Andrews is incredibly competitive, with as few as 3% of applicants being successful in getting a place.

The degree is a popular choice as it can be combined with other disciplines such as Economics or Politics and once the student graduates, it opens doors to a wide variety of career options.

Not everyone who studies an International Relations degree goes into a career in the diplomatic service, with many being snapped up by investment banks, management consultants or big business.

Many International Relations courses also offer students the opportunity to go overseas and complete part of their degree at a foreign university, which is of additional appeal to many young people.


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