The breadth of academic subject areas attracting the

interest of prospective masters and PhD students is increasing,

according to the latest research released by the QS World Grad School

Tour, the world’s largest series of international graduate school

education fairs.

An analysis of the 33,000 future graduate

students that attended one of the 40 QS World Grad School Tour events

held in 26 countries in 2007 reveals that while two broad subject

categories dominate the interest of students – finance, accountancy,

management and economics (FAME), and science, technology, engineering

and management (STEM) – a surprisingly diverse range of other subjects

are also of interest to prospective international graduate students.

Top Ten Subject Areas for International Graduate Study

SubjectPercentage share
Finance, accountancy, management &

economics (FAME)

Science, technology, engineering &

mathematics (STEM)

International relations5
Communications & media4
Law & legal studies4
Biological sciences2
Education & training2