Deakin's December offers reveal top 10 most popular courses for 2023

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21 December 2022

Deakin University has revealed its most popular courses chosen by more than 5300 school-leavers as part of the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre's (VTAC) December round of offers, with health and business focussed fields proving the most in-demand for 2023.

Nursing has retained its top spot for the third year in a row, with Business the second most popular course.

Exercise and Sport Science rounded out the top three, further recognition for Deakin's School of Exercise and Nutrition Science after it was recently named the world's best for sports science by the prestigious ShanghaiRankings Global Ranking, picking up the accolade for the fourth time.

Health-related courses continue to dominate the top 10 courses, including Health Sciences, Biomedical Science, Psychological Science, and Psychology (Honours).

Commerce has also re-entered the top 10 most-popular courses after its absence from the list in 2022.

Commerce is one of several courses that has seen a jump in popularity for 2023. Business Analytics, Cyber Security, Sport Development and Construction Management (Honours) have also seen a significant increase in offers compared with 2022.

Deakin University's Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, Professor Helen Partridge said Deakin continued to offer courses that were not just popular but ensured students were ready for the jobs of the future.

"The interest in health-related fields is no surprise given the continued fallout from the global pandemic and the unprecedented demand for experts in these professions," Professor Partridge said.

"Our growing information technology, data and analytics focussed courses will also help meet workforce demand to capitalise on the enormous opportunities presented by new smart technologies, as well as tackle the serious risk of cyber security threats to keep communities safe.

"Our new students will arrive in a highly supportive, progressive and personalised learning environment, which has been ranked first in Victoria for overall student satisfaction for 12 consecutive years.

"We continue to innovate by reshaping our approach to courses, learning and teaching and enhancing the experience of our students."

Professor Partridge reminded potential students that it was still early in the application process, with further offers to be made throughout January and February 2023, followed by opportunities to apply directly to study at Deakin.

This includes offers for some courses which did not make any offers in the December round. Offers will also be made to students whose results were not available in time for December's offer round, including those studying the International Baccalaureate (IB) and some interstate students, as well as to mature-aged students and those coming from other non-school environments.

Professor Partridge said Deakin remained committed to a flexible and contemporary education.

"Whether a career starter, career advancer or career changer, Deakin offers personalised learning experiences that challenge, inspire and equip students to achieve their goals," she said.

School leavers' overall most popular courses at Deakin for 2023:

  1. Nursing
  2. Business
  3. Exercise and Sport Science
  4. Biomedical Science
  5. Commerce
  6. Psychology (Honours)
  7. Psychological Science
  8. Science
  9. Arts
  10. Health Sciences

School leavers' overall most popular courses at Deakin for 2023 (Burwood, Melbourne):

  1. Business
  2. Nursing
  3. Exercise and Sport Science
  4. Psychological Science
  5. Psychology (Honours)
  6. Science
  7. Arts
  8. Biomedical Science
  9. Commerce
  10. Criminology/Psychological Science

School leavers' overall most popular courses at Deakin for 2023 (Geelong – combined):

  1. Nursing
  2. Occupational Therapy
  3. Biomedical Science
  4. Commerce
  5. Forensic Science/Criminology
  6. Optometry
  7. Exercise and Sport Science
  8. Psychology (Honours)
  9. Zoology and Animal Science
  10. Science

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