Applications for architecture, building and planning degrees on the rise

The number of people applying to study architecture, building and planning at university is at its highest level in four years, according to new figures.

The latest statistics from University processing body UCAS show there were 54,810 applications before the 30 June deadline, a five per cent rise on last year’s total of 51,980.

This continued the upward trajectory seen since 2019, when 48,360 people had applied by the same point.

However, while the overall total is up, there are fewer applications from certain groups: applications from the EU are down 17 per cent on last year and less than half of 2020 figure.

On the other hand, the number of applications from international students outside the EU is continuing to rise, increasing from 9,170 in 2019 to 10,280 this year. 

This 12 per cent growth outpaces the wider three per cent increase in international students across all subjects recorded by UCAS. 

Applications from China are up 10 per cent overall, while those from India have increased 20 per cent and Nigeria 58 per cent. 

Applications to study architecture, building and planning have continued to rise in England and Wales, but fell slightly year on year in the other countries of the UK.

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