Dentistry – along with medicine – has been highlighted as the top university subject for women to study for extra earnings in a new tool launched by the BBC.

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.

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!’

Data Methodology

Figures were produced by the IFS. They show how much the choice of a particular subject at a particular university may affect earnings, five years after graduation in comparison with the average degree. The figures consider the qualities of those students who attend each university, to show what benefit an individual can attribute to the effect of the institution itself. As the research is based in part on data from England’s Department for Education, only English students are included in the analysis – even for universities that are based in other parts of the UK.