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The 10 University Subjects That Will Be Most Affected By Brexit

In the run up to the EU referendum, Digital Science and Times Higher Education assessed the potential impact of Brexit on UK universities. 

By outlining the percentage of research funds granted to the UK by the EU, it became clear just how vulnerable some institutions and subject areas were.

Here are the ten subjects that receive the most research funding from the EU – funding which could now be at risk.

1. Education.

43.13% of research funding from EU.

2. Law.

38.96% of research funding from EU.

3. Philosophy, ethics and religion.

36.07% of research funding from EU.

4. Environmental sciences.

33.78% of research funding from EU.

5. Computer sciences.

33.76% of research funding from EU.

6. Economics.

31.90% of research funding from EU.

7. History and archaeology.

28.11% of research funding from EU.

8. Psychology.

25.94% of research funding from EU.

9. Technology.

25.56% of research funding from EU.

10. Languages.

24.02% of research funding from EU.

Should you be worried?

Pro-Brexit campaigners argued that the UK would still be able to benefit from research funding, as other non-EU countries do. But those countries receive 7% of research grants combined, whereas the UK takes 16% alone. It’s unclear whether this level of funding can and will continue.

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