The Hardest Degrees in the Country

AFS Team·9 December 2014·3 min read
The Hardest Degrees in the Country
By Rose Malleson Most students think that their own degree is the hardest – whether they a STEM course spending all day in the lab or a humanities degree that requires them to write 15,000 word dissertations, there is always something to complain about. Of course, any degree can be difficult if you don't enjoy it, so the most important thing is to find something you love doing – then the hard work will sting a bit less. However, there are some degrees that even the best students will struggle in. Hardest to get in to: The University of Cambridge's Maths course is extraordinarily competitive, with the students averaging 598 UCAS points between them (that's over four A*s each!). This particular course is well-known to be very difficult, which might explain the impossibly high levels of competition. Hardest to get a first in: In 2008/9 only 6.6% of Law students were able to get a first – that's compared to 30% studying Maths in the same year, and 15.2% of Modern Languages students. It must be all of those essays. Eek! Most likely to drop out of: Despite the UK needing graduates who can code, the rate of Computer Science students dropping out is a whopping 11%.