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Top 10 most in-demand courses for 2021

10 Feb 2021

THE majority of students have received their offers to uni and the stats are in – once again Health and Management and Commerce are the most in-demand fields of study for applications through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Information released today by UAC indicates a strong preference among applicants for health degrees. The Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine at UNSW Sydney once again tops the list at 1,598 unique first preferences.

The Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine joint medical program at University of Newcastle and University of New England, the Doctor of Medicine at Western Sydney and Charles Sturt University, the Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Newcastle also make the top 10 list.

The Bachelor of Business at the University of Technology Sydney was the third most in-demand course with 1,030 first preferences and UNSW Sydney’s Double Commerce degree also made the list with 654 first preferences.

Bachelor of Arts degrees also featured with the University of Sydney’s Arts and combined Arts/Law along with Macquarie University’s Arts degrees rounding out applicants’ most popular choices.

With a further 14,200 offers released in the last few weeks and only a few offer rounds to go, UAC strongly recommends that applicants accept offers they are made now so they don’t miss out on the opportunity to study in first semester this year.

No. Institution Course First prefs*
1 UNSW Sydney B MedStd/DocMed/B Arts 1,598
2 University of Newcastle/
University of New England
B MedSc and DocMed (JMP) 1,077
3 University of Technology Sydney B Business 1,030
4 Western Sydney University/
Charles Sturt University
Doc Med 934
5 University of Technology Sydney B Nursing 766
6 University of Sydney B Arts 751
7 University of Sydney B Arts/B Laws 705
8 UNSW Sydney Double Commerce 654

University of Newcastle

B Nursing 630
10 University of Sydney B Commerce 600

* Includes all domestic undergraduate applicants who applied through UAC, excludes international students.

See the Top 10 most in-demand courses for 2020.

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Diane Jardine, Communications Officer, UAC on 0436 459 603, or
Kim Paino, General Manager, Marketing and Engagement, UAC on 0409 155 112.