Top 10 Specialist Institutions for Employability 2015


The Guardian’s University Guide ranks universities by factors such as student satisfaction and employability. Recently published is the ranking for 2015 of specialist institutions by employability, with employability defined as the percentage of graduates who find work six months after graduating or who go into further study. (Specialist institutions are those that teach less than nine subject areas). Have a look at the institutions which make the top ten (out of 33), shown below. (You can find out more about the methodology employed by clicking on the link here).

1) Royal Academy of Music – 96.2% Employability

The Royal Academy of Music, alma mater of noteworthy musicians such as Sir Elton John and Sir Simon Rattle, is one of the oldest conservatoires in Britain. Here, musicians from all over the world study for University of London degrees in various programmes such as composition, theatre and opera.


2) St George’s, University of London - 87.7% Employability

St George’s is the sole provider of medical and healthcare higher education in Britain. The college offers the MBBS medicine degree in addition to a graduate-entry MBBS degree for graduates with non-science degrees. Students can also opt for its biomedical science and healthcare science degree programmes.


3) Royal Northern College of Music - 87.1% Employability

The Manchester-based, highly respected Royal Northern College of Music offers a four-year B.Mus. (Hons) programme with half of the course devoted to instrument, voice or composition and the remainder to professional and academic work.


4) Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance - 86% Employability

Britain’s only conservatoire of music and contemporary dance is based in South East London. The conservatoire offers a variety of specialised programmes including degrees in classical music, jazz, musical theatre, and contemporary dance.


5) Courtauld Institute of Art - 83.3% Employability

The Courtauld Institute offers only one course: history of art. Still, it is one of Britain’s most revered galleries and art institutes. There are roughly 550 students at the Institute of which undergraduates make up about a third. Degrees are conferred by the University of London.


6) Buckingham University - 83.1% Employability

The UK has three private universities, and Buckingham is one of them. The university offers intensive two-year degree courses, and has four 10-week terms per year. Students here, most of whom are from abroad, report high satisfaction levels with the university.


7) Royal Veterinary College - 81.3% Employability

The Royal Veterinary College is the largest and only specialist veterinary college in the UK. Although part of the University of London, it operates independently, and is based in two campuses: one in Camden Town, Central London, and another in North Mymms, Hertfordshire. The college offers the BVetMed programme which is enough to qualify as a vet, in addition to a BSc in bioveterinary sciences for students seeking a research-based career, and a BSc in veterinary nursing.

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8) Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - 81.1% Employability

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland boasts a stellar alumni list which includes David Tennant, Alan Cumming and James McAvoy. Its community of students is highly international with 878 students coming from 49 countries. The RCS enjoys close links with the National Theatre of Scotland, the Scottish Opera and other artistic powerhouses throughout Great Britain.


9) St Mary’s University College, Belfast - 74.4% Employability

St Mary’s is a specialist institution academically linked with Queen’s University Belfast. The core activity of the college is teacher training, based on Catholic principles. The college offers two main undergraduate courses: a B.Ed. (Hons) course in either primary or secondary education, plus a BA (Hons) liberal arts degree.


10) Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama - 73.3% Employability

The prestigious Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is integrated with the University of South Wales Group. Its international student community of more than 600 engages in a range of music, theatre and related programmes amidst world-class facilities such as the iconic Richard Burton Theatre and the Anthony Hopkins Centre.



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Are you planning to study at a specialist institution? If so, how does your chosen institution rate for employability?

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