Which students work the hardest? Survey of 15,000 UK student reveals all...

A survey by Hepc on over 15,000 UK students has revealed which students do the most work.

The research, by the Higher Education Policy Institute, revealed that medical students worked the hardest of all students, working 47 hours a week towards their degree.

For the second year in a row, the survey also revealed that art students worked much harder than law students.

The average number of hours students put in per week at uni was 33.

Hard work

The students who worked the least number of hours were communications students, who worked 25 hours a week in total, 10 of which were contact hours (lectures and seminars, tutor meetings etc).

History, philosophy, linguistics, and classics students had the least number of contact hours available to them, but supplemented this with independent study and other work outside the course (group prep etc).

Your arts friends who say they are studying hard are telling the truth, too. Creative Arts and Design students work 37 hours a week towards their degree, only three hours less than hard-working vets.

Harder work than ever

HEPI report that students are working harder than ever before, and are expecting a lot more contact hours for their money. When they don't get these contact hours, students tend to report that they don't feel they are getting value for money on their degree.

"There has been little change in reported workload over time, although contact hours appear to be increasing slightly since 2014. As we have seen before, evidence points towards students being more comfortable with a higher workload, and more specifically longer contact hours." They wrote in the report.

"Although there are some differences, it is striking that the ranking here shows a similar pattern to the ranking of subject areas on providing value for money, with health-related subjects having the highest contact hours, and workload, as well as the highest perception of value for money, contrasting with Languages and Social Studies towards the opposite end of the scale.

"An exception to this is Technology, which has the lowest perceived value for money but relatively high contact hours, indicating there are other factors at play impacting on value perceptions for this subject."

However it was also true that the more contact hours you have, the more likely you are to skip your lectures.

"Despite the implication that contact hours, at the lower end, are fewer than would be expected, a high proportion of students (40% overall) admit that they did not attend all the contact hours in their timetable, although as might be expected this is less prevalent (28%) among those with under ten contact hours."



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