Top 10 In-Demand Bachelor’s Degrees for 2024: Securing Your Spot in Competitive Tech and Emerging Fields - Bachelorsportal.com

Top 10 In-Demand Bachelor’s Degrees for 2024: Securing Your Spot in Competitive Tech and Emerging Fields

  • We identified ten hot Bachelor’s degrees high in-demand among students this year for which universities have too little supply. 
  • Of these, six are related to the tech industry and increasingly popular fields, such as AI, UX and Machine Learning. 
  • We recommend some actions you should follow to increase your chances of securing a spot in these competitive study programmes. 
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    Seeking a Bachelor's degree in a cutting-edge latest academic field? Expect stiff competition. Top universities struggle to keep up with student interest and don't have enough spots for everyone, especially in the hottest areas of study. Which subjects are drawing the most attention but lack sufficient openings? 

    We've analysed thousands of Bachelor’s to find out which are in high demand but low supply and outlined a list of the top 10 trending disciplines among students in our Subject Opportunities​ for 2024 report. Six out of ten are Tech-related, while the rest are LawMedicineBusiness and Engineering related disciplines. 

    “These programmes are so popular with students that universities have not had enough time to add courses at the same rate that interest in them is growing. Looking at these subjects gives you an idea of the most important emerging (or accelerating) fields”, says Cara Skikne, author of the report, and Senior Editor at Studyportals. 

    BA Student looking for a degree in a competitive discipline

    1. European Law

    European Law stands out as a gateway to international career opportunities. We noticed that there are many students from the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Poland and Romania who are interested in European Law programmes

    • There is 4.7 times more student interest than available programmes 
    • Student Interest grew by 28.6% compared to 2022 

     2. Artificial Intelligence

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) continues to evolve rapidly, driving a high demand for skilled professionals. Artificial Intelligence Bachelor’s programmes   spark much interest among Asian students (especially from Pakistan), according to our data. 

    • There is 4.4 times more student interest than available programmes 
    • Student Interest grew by 36.1% compared to 2022 

    3. User Experience

    User Experience (UX) Design helps us build stuff that is not just functional but also fun and intuitive to use. Belgium, Sweden and The Netherlands are the most popular destinations for User Experience Design Bachelor’s programmes

    • There is 3.5 times more student interest than available programmes 
    • Student Interest grew by 32.9% compared to 2022 

    4. Dentistry

    Dentistry is also on our list, reflecting the need for healthcare professionals worldwide. The countries with the highest demand for Bachelor’s programmes in Dentistry are South Africa and Pakistan. 

    • There is 2.9 times more student interest than available programmes 
    • Student Interest grew by 24.1% compared to 2022 
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    5. Machine Learning

    Machine Learning, a specialised branch of AI, underscores the increasing reliance on data-driven decision-making and automation in many industries. Over the last 12 months, interest in Machine Learning Bachelor’s has grown significantly in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Germany, Morocco and Nepal. 

    • There is 2.9 times more student interest than available programmes 
    • Student Interest grew by 34.1% compared to 2022 

    6. International Business

    International Business prepares you for a marketplace without borders and emphasises the significance of cross-cultural communication and understanding.  

    • There is 2.9 times more student interest than available programmes 
    • Student Interest grew by 15.5% compared to 2022 

    7. Sustainable Energy

    Sustainable Energy points to the urgent need for solutions to the global energy crisis and the shift towards renewable energy sources. Student interest for Sustainable Energy programmes is focused on Europe. The destinations most in demand are Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Ireland. Most prospective students are from Germany. ​ 

    • There is 2.9 times more student interest than available programmes 
    • Student Interest grew by 43.6% compared to 2022 

    8. Web Technologies & Cloud Computing

    Web Technologies & Cloud Computing illustrate the digital transformation of businesses and society. Web Technologies & Cloud Computing degrees are among the ones that grew the most compared to previous years.​ 

    • There is 2.7 times more student interest than available programmes 
    • Student Interest grew by 53.6% compared to 2022 

    9. Information Technology

    Information Technology (IT) remains a cornerstone of modern society, with ongoing developments in how we collect, process, and use information. 

    • There is 2.7 times more student interest than available programmes 
    • Student Interest grew by 25.7% compared to 2022 

    10. Software Engineering

    Software Engineering focuses on creating and maintaining software systems. ​​​​Software Engineering searches are the 4th most numerous of all Bachelor’s programmes on Studyportals.​ 

    • There is 2.6 times more student interest than available programmes 
    • Student Interest grew by 12.4% compared to 2022 

    Boost Your Chances of Landing a Spot in Popular Bachelor's Degrees: 

    • Start early. Your best shot is having a strong academic record by having good grades, acing relevant subjects and maintaining a high GPA is important. This will make your application stronger, but it is something you work on for years. 

    • Focus on relevant experience. Participate in internships, projects, online courses, or volunteering related to your field of interest. Real-world experience makes your application stronger but also helps you have a broad perspective on your chosen discipline. 

    • Stand out from the crowd. Build skills or experiences that differentiate you from other students. For example, if you are interested in AI or sustainable energy, focus on a niche within these two disciplines that aligns with current trends or needs and your passions. 

    Dealing with Average Grades: 

    If your grades are average or below average grades, this is clearly not your strong point, but are interested in competitive disciplines, here is some advice on how to strengthen your overall application: 

    • Highlight other strengths: Demonstrate your passion, commitment, and potential through extracurricular activities, personal projects, or work experience related to the field.  
    • Showcase your soft skills: skills such as teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving can be valuable if you can prove you have them. Many programmes look for well-rounded candidates who can contribute to their field beyond academic achievements. 
    • Improve your profile: Work on raising your grades where possible and take additional courses or certifications to show your dedication and improve your knowledge. 
    • Apply broadly: Investigate programmes with flexible entry requirements or those in emerging institutions that may offer quality education but with less competition. 
    • Personal Statement: Write a personal statement to explain your circumstances and showcase your enthusiasm, resilience, and overcoming challenges. 
    • Prepare for entrance exams and Interviews: Some programmes may require specific tests or interviews. Excelling in these can significantly boost your chances of admission. 
    • Network: Engage with professionals and academics in your field of interest through conferences, seminars, and online forums. Networking can provide insights, advice, and even recommendations that enhance your application. 
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    What's Next?

    • Increased Competition: While at this point, competition is generated by lack of programmes, in the future you can expect universities to solve this gap and more students to graduate and enter the job market.  

    • More supply and evolving curricula: Universities will likely invest in creating more programmes for these disciplines. These degrees may also evolve to incorporate the latest trends, technologies, and methodologies in these high-demand fields. So, stay updated and adapt. 

    • Greater interdisciplinary opportunities: Fields like AI, sustainable energy, and digital technologies are inherently interdisciplinary. Programmes may offer more opportunities to explore these areas across different contexts, preparing students for versatile career paths. 

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