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Top 10 most in-demand courses for 2020

03 Feb 2020

THE majority of Year 12 students have received their offers to uni and the stats are in - once again Health, Management and Commerce, and Society and Culture 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. Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine at UNSW Sydney tops the list at 1,305 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 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 second most in-demand course with 1,105 first preferences and UNSW Sydney’s Double Commerce degree also made the list with 597 first preferences.

Popular Bachelor of Arts degrees also featured with the University of Sydney’s Arts and combined Arts/Law program along with Macquarie University’s Arts degrees receiving a total of 1,692 first preferences.

With a further 6,700 offers released last week 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 as courses are filling up fast.

Potential students can still apply through UAC for study in first semester until midnight next Friday 7 February 2020, and UAC encourages applicants to check directly with the institution they’re interested in to see if they still have vacancies and are making offers in the February offer rounds.

Number Institution Course Number of first prefs*
1 UNSW Sydney B MedStd/DocMed/B Arts 1,305
2 University of Technology Sydney B Business 1,105
3 University of Newcastle/UNE B MedSc and DocMed (JMP) 1,072
4 Western Sydney DocMed 763
5 University of Technology Sydney B Nursing 702
6 University of Sydney B Arts 647
7 UNSW Sydney Double Commerce 597
8 University of Sydney B Arts/B Laws 529
9 University of Newcastle B Nursing 517
10 Macquarie University B Arts 516

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

See the Top 10 most in-demand courses in 2019.

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For further information (media only) email or contact:
Diane Jardine, Communications Officer, UAC on (02) 9752 0775 or 0436 459 603, or
Kim Paino, General Manager, Marketing and Engagement, UAC on (02) 9752 0760 or 0409 155 112.