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Choosing the right course at the right university is an exciting, yet sometimes daunting, prospect. There are lots of factors to consider so we’d really encourage you to think about what’s important to you.

Do you want to stay at home and commute? What do you most enjoy about your current/most recent studies? Is there a Starbucks on campus?! This page provides lots of helpful advice from staff and current students at Leicester to help you along your journey and if you have any questions, don’t forget to join our live programme of talks and events.

Student tips

The below snippets are from our student bloggers – to read their full blogs, make your way to: www.le.ac.uk/chat

Nidhi

Nidhi is a medical student

Categorise, and make lists! One of the first things I did was to make a list of my favourite subjects. This process started around Y10 for me, but my interests were super broad at that time. I knew I wanted to do ‘something science-y’. But even more importantly, I also knew maths and physics didn’t really appeal to my taste as a full-time commitment. Then as time went on, my ‘something science-y’ evolved into an interest in Biology during my IB years.

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Cleo

Cleo is a Psychology student 

My advice to choosing a subject would be to think about what you wouldn’t mind studying in depth every single day. At University you will study your subject a lot more in depth than at A-Level or GCSE, so you want to enjoy it! Another tip I would give is to not worry about not knowing what you want to do after University; if you know exactly what you want to do then that is great, but if not, don’t worry, most University degrees are applicable to a wide range of careers!

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Tom

Tom is a Creative Writing student

Get in touch. If you’ve found a course that you think is right ,but still have doubts; "Do I fit the entry criteria?" "Can I afford this?" "What am I doing?!" It can seem really daunting but don’t worry. My best bit of advice here, is get in touch. Arrange to speak to someone at university like the Course Co-ordinator, someone at Student Welfare, if possible, someone on the course. They’ll be able to answer your questions or put you in touch with someone who can. Speaking to someone in person makes the whole process a lot less intimidating.

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Abby

Abby is a Law student

Do some research. Research the universities which you are interested in attending and see what courses they have to offer. Some universities offer courses which others don’t. If you have a particular course in mind, you should research the course structure as this can differ from university to university. You want to be interested in the modules you will be learning.

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Elisa

Elisa is a Management Studies student

If you have the possibility to attend some lectures of the course (or courses) you are interested in, do so. That can help a lot understanding what to expect from the university life. Nowadays, several universities offer some online modules (e.g. on Future Learn), lectures or conferences (e.g. on the University of Leicester's website) that are open to the public.

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Alessia

Alessia is a medical student

I always find making a pro and con list so helpful in these situations – what topics/ do you enjoy, what do you want to achieve in your life, what values are important to you such as ‘Do you want to travel a lot with work’, ‘Do you want to run your own business’ or ‘Are you money orientated or do you want more of work-life balance’ – these questions will be helpful in helping to identify a degree for you. There are a number of personality and career quizzes online which can be really helpful – a few of my personal favourite ones are: 16 personalities and 123test.

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Tionee

Tionee is a Creative Writing student

Think way ahead. Consider which career you see yourself in and work backwards. In some roles a certain degree is mandatory. For instance, law degrees are usually followed by an additional course to qualify you to become a barrister or a solicitor. Degrees to qualify as doctors usually require study for longer than the 3 years that most degrees are. If you are undecided right now, a more general degree such as English or Maths gives you skills you can apply to many roles and industries. During the three years you should get a clearer idea of what you want and may decide to specialise further with an MA/ PGCE/ other qualification such as accountancy. It is a good idea to take these things into account before deciding to commit.

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To start your shortlist, read our brief subject guide before delving deeper into specific courses.

Accounting and Finance

Accounting and Finance

As long as money makes the world go round, accounting and finance skills will be in high demand. Our degrees take your love of numbers to the next level. You'll be provided with key foundational and technical skills as well as the opportunity to gain exemptions from professional bodies.

What can you do with this degree?

  • Chartered accountant
  • Forensic accountant
  • Tax adviser
  • Stockbroker
  • Investment banker
  • Data analyst

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Ancient History

Ancient History

Imperialist titans, gladiatorial battles, and the political skulduggery of Ancient Greece – the ancient world is truly fascinating. In this degree, you’ll come face-to-face with the societies and cultures of antiquity, take one step closer to unravelling the past, and prepare yourself for a career in the modern world.

What can you do with this degree?

Ancient Historians and classicists become* teachers, museum curators, heritage professionals and archivists.

Also popular are careers in the legal profession, communications and marketing, civil service, charitable sectors, journalism, publishing or with non-governmental Organisations (NGOs).

* Complete University Guide

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Archaeology

Archaeology

What can we learn from archaeology? What do the artefacts we dig up tell us about civilisations, communities and individuals? Learn practical skills and develop a unique long-term perspective on human, animal and material worlds and their relevance to the present.

What can you do with this degree?

Our recent graduates work as professional archaeologists, teachers, civil servants and museum curators.

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Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences

The closer we look at the molecular world, the more we see the sheer complexity of life on Earth - and how much we still have to learn. You'll cover a broad range biosciences modules in your first year. If you know where you're heading, you'll have the choice to specialise in a variety of areas.

What can you do with this degree?

Graduates usually pursue biological careers in research, industry, academia or healthcare*.

*Complete University Guide subject guide

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Business and Management

Business and Management

The greatest business leaders solve problems, make things simpler and see the best in people. That might sound easy enough, but its actually quite difficult to accomplish (and not as common as you'd think!). You can pick from business and management, marketing and human resource management courses.

What can you do with this degree?

  • Management
  • Consultancy
  • Human resource management
  • Marketing
  • Insurance
  • Analytics
  • Project management

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Chemistry

Chemistry

Ever considered that you're made of stardust? Or that thoughts are fuelled by billions of chemical reactions? Discoveries in chemistry have dramatically altered the way we live. Penicillin, painkillers, LCD TV's - we owe them all to chemistry.

What can you do with this degree?

Our chemistry graduates have demonstrated an ability to be excellent problem solvers, work effectively within teams or individually and to be outstanding communicators. This lends them to employment in a variety of sectors. Most often this is the chemical research and manufacturing industry, both of which are major employers in the UK.

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Computer Science

Computer Science

In the age of information, nothing is out of reach. But the simplicity of our digital world is far more sophisticated than it seems.

What can you do with this degree?

Our graduates have gone on to many different careers, whether working for large companies, such as Accenture, BAE systems, Bloomberg and LogicaCMG, or for small, innovative start-ups. You may go on to apply your knowledge directly as a software engineer or systems analyst – or you may apply your IT skills and problem-solving abilities in a related field such as finance, marketing or general business.

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Creative Computing

Creative Computing

Today's digital economy needs tomorrow's leaders to have both creative flair and technical skills - and the business acumen to tie them together. The Creative Computing course is as flexible and innovative as you, giving you the option to study for either a BA or BSc degree.

What can you do with this degree?

The creative digital economy is fast-changing and dynamic. This course will prepare you to work not just in roles that are available now, but for those jobs that will emerge in the future. You may become an entrepreneur running your own company, or work for an existing organisation. We work closely with industrial partners such as NSC, ESL and MBD to stay in touch with the employment market.

Jobs in the sector currently include:

  • App developer
  • Creative technologist
  • Digital content creator/strategist
  • Digital designer
  • Marketing and optimisation manager
  • Interaction designer
  • Media editor
  • Multimedia designer
  • Sensational data scientist
  • Social media manager

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Criminology

Criminology

Why is knife crime on the rise? How can we tackle terrorism? These are the sort of questions that criminal justice professionals explore. Our degrees give you a sweeping overview of criminality – including its causes and impacts on an individual, societal and political level.

What can you do with this degree?

  • Policing
  • Prison and probation service
  • Government
  • Teaching and research
  • Legal services
  • Social work

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Economics

Economics

Economic issues occupy the news, capture our attention and affect our everyday lives. You'll gain a comprehensive and critical understanding of the ideas, concepts and issues central to economics, enabling you to better understand these issues and the world around you.

What can you do with this degree?

  • Economist
  • Accountant
  • Investment banker
  • Risk analyst
  • Statistician
  • Actuary

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Engineering

Engineering

ENGINEERS BUILD EXTRAORDINARY THINGS. Rovers that explore the surface of Mars, particle colliders that loop for kilometres underground, and prosthetic limbs mapped to the brain.

What can you do with this degree?

Career choices popular* with Engineering graduates includes: Particular job roles include telecommunications engineer, hydrogeologist, aeronautical engineer, IT consultant, automotive engineer, broadcast engineer.

*Complete University Guide subject guide

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English

English

We offer wide-ranging and flexible English degrees that will allow you to survey every literary period from the premodern to postmodern (and beyond), to develop a mastery of language, and to learn that writing well and thinking well go hand in hand.

What can you do with this degree?

  • Advertising, Marketing and PR
  • Media and Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Teaching
  • Copywriting and Editing
  • Public sector, business and law

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Film Studies

Film Studies

Film Studies programmes at Leicester offer you a wide exploration of British, American, European and world cinemas.

We cover a variety of topics including film history, contemporary film cultures, television, documentary and critical theory, allowing you to explore the areas that interest you.

What can you do with this degree?

  • Film programming, preservation and curation
  • Marketing, sales and distribution
  • Film criticism and journalism
  • Festivals and events management
  • Media and broadcasting

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Geography

Geography

David Attenborough once said 'Never before have we had such an awareness of what we are doing to the planet, and never before have we had the power to do something about it. The future of humanity and, indeed, all life on earth now depends on us.

What can you do with this degree?

Our degrees are designed to broaden your horizon and to help you acquire the skills sought by employers. Leicester geographers are highly competitive in the job market because of our research-based approach to teaching and learning, which fosters your analytical capabilities, creativity and confidence.

Particular job areas* include cartographer, surveyor, planner and developer, teacher, town planner, international aid worker, landscape architect and market researcher.

The Complete University Guide

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Geology

Geology

There are four and a half billion years of history beneath our feet. It’s a geologist’s job to piece it together and work out what it means for our future.

What can you do with this degree?

Many of our graduates work as geoscientists involved in discovering, extracting and developing energy, mineral and water resources. Leicester graduates are also employed in the environmental sector, addressing issues of climate change, sustainability, waste management, environmental monitoring and remediation.

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History

History

Human history is fascinating, but to really appreciate it, we need to investigate the events, ideas and people that shaped our world, as well as the impact they still have today. This degree gets stuck into a wide range of historical periods to help you better grasp how history is made, viewed and discussed.

What can you do with this degree?

Graduates go on* to careers in teaching, government, financial services, arts and media, marketing and consultancy, tourism, retail, law, museums, voluntary and social services, IT and communications, the police and armed forces.

*Complete University Guide

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History of Art

History of Art

Our courses provide a sweeping look at classical antiquity, baroque sculpture, and architecture and design. Analysing great works, you’ll come to understand their cultural and historical importance.

You learn more about the context and theory behind a range of masterpieces, and, guided by our experts, you'll explore and research the areas you find most interesting.

What can you do with this degree?

  • Museum and gallery curation
  • Auctioneering
  • Conservation
  • Events and culture management

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Journalism

Journalism

In a world of social media and ‘fake news’, an understanding of journalism is more important than ever.

Our Journalism courses will teach you core journalistic techniques and help you develop skills to deliver effective content across multiple platforms, so you can work in any and all media.

What can you do with this degree?

All forms of journalism, PR and communication, copywriting, research, broadcasting, publishing, editing.

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Law

Law

You’ll study a range of theoretical, academic and practical legal disciplines. You’ll graduate with guidance for completing the Solicitor’s Qualifying Exam and barrister training courses, a sharp analytical mind and plenty of practical experience, providing a platform to a successful career.

What can you do with this degree?

  • Arbitrator
  • Barrister
  • Chartered legal executive
  • Paralegal
  • Solicitor
  • Teaching and research

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Mathematics and Actuarial Science

Mathematics and Actuarial Science

Mathematics is all about using logic to solve big problems. And if you know numbers, you're in demand for all kinds of businesses.

What can you do with this degree?

You will be well-placed to work in the worlds of insurance, teaching, pensions, healthcare, banking, business management and risk assessment. You will be equipped with mathematical and statistical knowledge and problem-solving skills to help businesses and institutions evaluate the long-term financial implications of the decisions they make.

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Media and Communication

Media and Communication

At Leicester, you’ll look at how we’re more in touch with media than ever – its influences on our worldview and the big debates it generates.

You can also explore the areas of media that intrigue you and get practical experience with professional sound, film and editing equipment.

What can you do with this degree?

Media and journalism, PR and communication, advertising, copywriting, research, broadcasting, publishing, editing.

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Medical Sciences

Medical Sciences

From bionic eyes to artificial organs, today's medical advances seem more like science fiction. But they're very real - and improving the lives of millions of people around the world. You’ll study core modules across biological and medical science, but then have the option to specialise.

What can you do with this degree?

Graduates usually pursue biological and medical careers in research, industry, academia or healthcare*.

*Complete University Guide subject guide

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Medicine

Medicine

Doctors are witness to the most joyful and difficult moments of people’s lives. It’s no wonder they have such meaningful and rewarding careers. Our patient-focussed courses enable you to take forward the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that are required to practise medicine effectively and successfully in the modern healthcare environment.

What can you do with this degree?

Medical Doctor

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Midwifery

Midwifery

The NHS needs midwives. Midwives work in a range of roles and settings which need effective leadership. By putting leadership at its heart, our course gives you all the tools you need to qualify as a registered midwife - and also to progress further in the midwifery profession.

What can you do with this degree?

You can register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a midwife

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Modern Languages

Modern Languages

At Leicester, we ensure that you do not simply learn to speak new words, but that you acquire cultural fluency. You will study thought-provoking modules across diverse topics in film and the visual arts, literature and linguistics and be taught predominantly by native speakers.

What can you do with this degree?

  • Translation and interpretation
  • Teaching and research
  • Media and communications
  • Consultancy

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Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences

Study fundamental and advanced scientific concepts from across the life and physical sciences. Our course doesn’t simply teach science - it creates scientists. Interdisciplinary modules explore the connections between traditional science subjects and allow you to tackle cutting-edge scientific issues.

What can you do with this degree?

  • Forensic science
  • Academic research
  • Data analytics/management
  • Scientific support (sales, recruitment, conference planning, technical support)
  • Science communication (museum, broadcasting and publishing sectors)
  • IT project management
  • The NHS (testing, clinical trials)

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Nursing

Nursing

The NHS needs nurses. Nurses work in teams - and those teams need effective leadership. By putting leadership at its heart, our course gives you all the tools you need to qualify as a registered nurse - and also to progress further in the profession.

What can you do with this degree?

You can register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a nurse

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Operating Department Practice

Operating Department Practice

Surgery requires an immense amount of patience, expertise and level-headedness. Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) have these skills in abundance. ODPs work with nurses, surgeons and anaesthetists from the lead up to surgery right through to recovery. You’re truly at the sharp end of patient care.

What can you do with this degree?

Apply for registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a registered ODP.

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Physics and Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy

Physicists explain the world in fascinating ways. Using a tin can, some water and an umbrella, they can tell us how much solar power falls on the earth in a single second.

What can you do with this degree?

Examples of careers of our recent graduates:

  • Accountancy/Finance
  • Industrial research
  • Teaching
  • Computer game design
  • Medical Physics

Examples of further study:

  • PhD Fusion research
  • PhD Astrophysics
  • MSc Space Exploration and Development
  • MSc Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate

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Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy

Physios help people get back on their feet, treating patients from all walks of life – with all kinds of conditions. Sound rewarding? We think so too. In this degree, you’ll learn what it takes to become a registered physiotherapist and start changing lives for the better.

What can you do with this degree?

Apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) as a chartered physiotherapist.

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Politics and International Relations

Politics and International Relations

Who holds power and why? Is globalisation positive? When is war just? Politics is made for people who love to tackle the big topics. In this degree, you’ll study political systems and learn how to write, research and reason with incredible clarity.

What can you do with this degree?

There are several career paths for you to follow for Politics and International Relations graduates.

These include in the civil service, finance, journalism and PR, the voluntary sector, communications and local government.

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Psychology

Psychology

What makes us tick? It’s a big question that, over the ages, has drawn explanations from religion, philosophy, the arts and sciences. In the past hundred years or so, psychology has given us astounding insights into the human mind. You'll study core modules before having the option to specialise.

What can you do with this degree?

Particular job roles, as well as psychologist, include counsellor, teacher and lecturer, forensic psychologist, and working in sport and exercise, advertising, careers advice, HR, and market research*.

*The Complete University Guide subject guide

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Sociology

Sociology

Leicester is a fantastic place in which to explore fundamental sociological concepts such as ethnicity, migration and social class. Home to a range of vibrant and diverse communities, Leicester offers the perfect environment to develop your craft via observation, participation and guided reflection.

What can you do with this degree?

Social services, education and research, criminal justice, welfare services, government, counselling

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