Going to university should mean you earn more over your lifetime. But how much difference does the choice of university make? Well, this has been calculated* for the first time by the Institute for Fiscal Studies as evidenced by a new tool launched by the BBC.
It is data from this tool theknowledgeacademy.com analysed to determine which UK universities have the power to provide women with a fuller pay-packet, five years after graduation.
To accomplish their research, The Knowledge Academy first sourced the most popular subjects for women to study, using HESA’s ‘HE student enrolments by subject of study 2016/17’ report. Then, each subject was selected using the BBC’s ‘Difference in Earnings’ tool. Lastly, data for the university found to have the biggest effect on earnings, five years after graduation, in comparison with the average degree, was recorded.
The Knowledge Academy found Medicine and Dentistry is the “most popular” subject to study for women. To earn big in this field, women should consider enrolling at Keele University. Where, five years after graduation, women are expected to earn +£22,910 in comparison with the average degree.
For ladies who favour Business and Management, it may come as no surprise that the University of Cambridge offers candidates the chance to earn an extra £21,658 five years after graduation. Next are degrees in Biosciences (+£5,726; University of Oxford) and Sociology (+£6,303; Oxford), while women who choose to study Education and Teaching at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, may achieve £5,162 more than the average degree.
In Creative Arts and Design, the biggest boost in post-university earnings can be found at Bournemouth University (+£2,042.) While Cambridge and Oxford (making the list yet again), may increase earnings by £8,839 and £26,062 for women who take the subjects Languages, Linguistics and Classics and Law, respectively.
History and Physical, Material and Forensic Sciences are the last two “most popular” subjects for women to study. For avid historians, the London School of Economics (LSE) could provide +£15,189 in earnings five years after graduation, while Cambridge is the key for enthusiastic scientists, who can expect added earnings of +£7,025 in the same 5-year period.
Joseph Scott, a spokesperson from theknowledgeacademy.com, comments: “Conducting this research was incredibly interesting, not least because it highlights how lifechanging choosing the right university can be. My advice to those contemplating higher education is, throw yourself into research. Choose the best option for you and you alone. Get the brochures, go on campus tours, and don’t be afraid to ask the big questions. It’s a significant opportunity, one can – quite literally – not afford to overlook!”