6 of the Best Courses to Take at University of the Philippines Diliman

The university offers nearly a hundred courses.
by Leika Golez   |  Jun 23, 2022
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Apart from being the flagship of the state university system, the University of the Philippines Diliman is also one of the leading universities in Southeast Asia. Since its establishment in 1908, the prestigious institution has been producing many of the country’s greatest minds today, specifically 40 national artists, seven presidents, and 39 national scientists. In 2015, the Commission on Higher Education also accredited UP for housing 23 Centers of Excellence. Offering nearly a hundred graduate and undergraduate courses, the school has gained a reputation for being the top institute of higher learning in the Philippines. 

If you’re an aspiring Isko or Iska, keep scrolling to read about six of the best courses you can take at your dream school: 

1. BS Business Administration 

The UP Virata School of Business offers two globally competitive undergraduate programs with one of them being the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. This four-year course seeks to equip aspiring managers and entrepreneurs with the skills they need to excel in the field of business. Due to the course’s specialized curriculum and hands-on classes, fresh graduates can immediately assume leadership positions in corporate firms upon completing the course. 


2. BS Civil Engineering

While UPD’s College of Engineering houses numerous noteworthy courses, Civil Engineering is known for being its most in-demand program. Other than training budding professionals in six specialized fields of civil engineering, the holistic course also includes classes related to social sciences and humanities. Graduates of this course are also qualified to apply to master’s and doctoral programs under the school’s National Graduate School of Engineering. 

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3. BS Biology 

BS Biology serves as the go-to choice of study for aspiring pre-med students, but the degree can also be used for other related careers within the discipline of science. To ensure that students are ready to be professionals in the industry, the curriculum includes theoretical biological principles, laboratory and field techniques, and data analytics. As one of the prestigious quota-courses in UPD, the program consistently produces competent, service-oriented, and internationally competitive graduates. 

4. BS Molecular Biology and Biotechnology 

UPD’s National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology is not only a CHED Center of Excellence, but also an institute of the country’s Network of National Institutes of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. Given this, the department has a prestigious Molecular Biology and Biotechnology undergraduate program that’s perfect for students with a penchant for science. Students will also be given the opportunity to apply their classroom learnings by completing their very own undergraduate research project. Upon completing the versatile curriculum, versatiles may pursue a wide variety of jobs in the industry, from research and teaching to academic and industrial settings. 


5. BA Broadcast Communication 

If you dream of working in the media and publishing industry, UPD’s BA Broadcast Communication program might just be the perfect choice for you. Recognized by CHED as a Center of Excellence, the program curriculum is actually used as the standard for other broadcast academic programs in the country. It aims to rigorously train passionate students to become critical and responsible broadcast practitioners in the future. Consequently, they are taught about all facets of the ever-changing broadcast landscape, including new technologies and contemporary modes of distribution. The department is also in charge of spearheading radio station DZUP 1602 AM and UPTV Online. Bonus trivia: Award-winning ABS-CBN journalist Karen Davila is a graduate of this course! 

6. BA Political Science 

Since UPD’s College of Law is arguably the best in the country, their flagship pre-law course for undergraduates also offers a noteworthy curriculum. Housed under the Department of Political Science, the BA Political Science program educates students about the fundamental theories and methods in the realm of social sciences. The program also encourages them to stay updated on historical and modern political issues so that they can think critically and act ethically in their pursuit of public engagement. Undergraduates can expect to take specialized classes in the subfields of international relations, Philippine politics, comparative politics, political theory, and political methodology. 



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