The popularity of university journalism courses has risen in the last three years despite the decline in the number of jobs in the industry, new figures have revealed.
Statistics released by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, which oversees the application process for higher education institutions in the UK, show a total of 3,370 people were accepted on to journalism courses last year.
This compares to 2,145 in 2007, the first year recorded by the research.
The rise came despite a fall of 6,000 in the number of journalists employed in the UK between 2013 and 2o15.
According to the UCAS figures, the peak year for journalism acceptances was 2011, when a total of 3,405 students were granted places on courses.
The number dipped to 2,995 the following year, but has risen on an annual basis ever since.
The figures also show more women have been accepted on to courses than men every year for which figures were available, except 2008.
According to the Labour Force Survey for 2015, there were 64,000 people employed in journalism in the year to June 2015, compared with 70,000 two years previously.
The full figures, shown to the nearest five places, can be seen below:
|Year||Total accepted||Men accepted||Women accepted|