Contact hours per week generally feature in a student’s assessment of whether a degree is value for money, according to the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI).

So, if you’re looking for an intense course, these degrees would be good options.


7. Technologies

Total weekly workload: 34 hours

One of the exceptions to the rule that more contact hours equals more satisfied students is technology. Those who do think the subject area is for them can expect an average 13 hours a week contact time, 15 hours of independent study and 6 hours in work outside of the course.


6. Creative arts and design

Total weekly workload: 34 hours

Students, on average, will find themselves working independently for 17 hours a week preparing portfolios and course work. However, undergraduates can also expect 12 hours of contact time and potentially five hours of work outside the course.


5. Veterinary sciences

Total weekly workload: 37 hours

Students in the subject spend, on average, 14 hours at independent study each week, with five hours in work outside the course. However, contact hours amount to a huge 18 hours per week – the second highest on the list.


4. Architecture, building and planning

Total weekly workload: 40 hours

Students in architecture, building and planning report spending, on average, 20 hours per week on independent study – the highest listed in the survey. Thirteen hours are then spent in lectures and seminars, with seven hours spent on work outside the course.


3. Education

Total weekly workload: 42 hours

Students can expect 42 hours of work per week, with 12 hours spent in lectures and seminars, 13 hours on independent study and a massive 17 hours on work outside the course, in classrooms and on placements.


2. Medicine and dentistry

Total weekly workload: 46 hours

Medicine and dentistry students spend an average 19 hours in lectures or seminars (the highest on the list) with 16 hours spent at independent study, and a further 11 hours on placements.


1. Subjects allied to medicine

Total weekly workload: 47 hours

“Subjects allied to medicine” include biomedical sciences and physiotherapy and, unsurprisingly, has the longest average working week of all subjects. Students typically spend 17 hours in related work outside of the university, 16 hours of contact time within the university and 14 hours at independent study.