Revealed: These were the most popular undergraduate courses for 2018/19 applicants

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Are you even a uni student if you haven't heard the common gender course stereotypes? Every girl does Psychology, every lad wearing a dated hoodie and shoes for boys who think they dress good (read: Chelsea boots) definitely studies Business Management.

But what are the cold. hard. facts. behind which undergraduate course is the most popular?

Well, with UCAS figures showing more than 353,960 undergraduates applying to university for the 2018/19 entry, we have the breakdown for which courses were the most popular, including the difference between males and females.

According to the research from TheKnowledgeAcademy.com, "Subjects allied to medicine" were the most popular degrees for the 2018/19 intake, with 254,000 applicants. This includes students studying pre-clinical Medicine, pre-clinical Dentistry, Nutrition and Pharmacy.

In second place was Biological Sciences, with 221,000 applicants, and in third place was Business & Admin studies with 207,000.

On the other hand, the least popular course was Non-European Languages, Literature, and related courses with 4,070 applicants. Such a low figure is the likely reason behind universities such as Hull discontinuing their language undergraduate courses for next year's intake.

Most popular subjects by applicant 2018/19

Looking specifically into the division between genders, the most popular course for females were any courses linked to Medicine with 208,460 applicants and the least popular was Technologies, with only 1,230 applicants.

Most popular subjects for female applicants 2018/19

For guys, the most popular was Business and Admin Studies with 117,650 applicants and the least popular was Non-European Languages, Literature and related studies.

Most popular subjects for male applicants 2018/19

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