At £9000 tuition fees per year, University is no laughing matter. You have to think carefully about which degree is best for you in terms of what you enjoy, and what job you want at the end. But hidden away amongst the masses of courses available on UCAS are the weird and wonderful degrees you probably would never have even dreamt of...
10. BSc(Hons) Fisheries Management – University of Greenwich
So you want to be a fishmonger or a fisherman? Well this is the course for you then! You’ll learn all about the preservation of fisheries and fish husbandry (the breeding of fish to you and me). You’ll also get into the minds of the fish, learning all about their behaviour... oh, and you get to go fishing too. Love fish? You’ll love this degree!
9. MA Library & Information Management – Manchester Metropolitan
OK, so looking into this Masters it’s mainly about how to retrieve information and the future of it... but still, once you’ve taken this degree you can actually become a librarian! Who knew it was such a taxing job?!
8. BSc(Hons) Viticulture & Oenology – University of Brighton
That’s the study of wine, to you and me. In this course you’ll get to grow your own vines, and discover how to match food and wine. Oh, and you’ll get to go on trips to European vineyards, and taste lots of wine. Combining drinking with your studies? That’s what I call multi-tasking!
7. BA(Hons) Football Studies – University of Bedfordshire
Football is a huge part of our culture today... so much so in fact, that you can now study it as a degree! Modules include sports fans, injuries and the media. Expect to work at a football club once you’ve finished – and with 91% of people off the course going into employment or further education after 6 months of graduating, you’ll be on to a good thing!
6. BA Viking Studies – University of Nottingham
With only 4 spaces on offer, this is not a, shall we say “popular” course. You’ll learn all about the “language, literature, history and archaeology of the Viking age” (their words, not mine) through modules such as Blood & Treasure, and Sisters, Sex & Scribes. The added bonus? You can study at the University of Oslo for a semester... well; I do love me a bit of Scandinavia!
5. BSc(Hons) Surf Science & Technology – University of Plymouth
Want to be a surfer? You should definitely find this course appealing! During the course, you’ll learn about surf culture, practice and coaching, alongside designing and building your own board, and judging a surfing competition. Gnarly, dude!
4. BSc(Hons) Brewing & Distilling – Herriot Watt University
While you get to learn about beer and brewing (the school has its own pilot plant brewery and distillery); students are expected to take subjects in Mathematics for Scientists and Chemistry before they can get onto the real, gritty stuff... Cereal Technology and Yeast Biology & Maturation!
3. BSc(Hons) Ethical Hacking – University Abertay, Dundee
This degree enables you to understand the mechanics of hacking attacks, and develop appropriate counter-measures. Modules include computer software, cryptography (the art of writing and solving codes) and digital forensics. At the end of this course, you can decide whether to use this knowledge for good or evil...
2. BSc(Hons) Poultry Production & Science – Scottish Agricultural College, Ayr
Poultry production is one of the most successful UK food production industries. FACT. It brings in an annual retail turnover of £3.4billion. Also true. So really, isn’t this something we should be looking more into? On this degree, you’ll learn about how to keep chickens healthy and commercial egg production. It may sound silly telling this to your friends, but you’ll be the one laughing when you’re taking a fat portion of the £3.4billion on offer. Muahahaha!
1. BA(Hons) Theatre Practice: Puppetry – Central School of Speech & Drama, London
This – Ladies and Gentlemen – is the world’s leading institution for trained puppeteers. Here, you will work on voice training, animation and manipulation; in addition to completing a major puppetry production, touring nationally. What was that, you say? You want to be a puppeteer? Well then lucky you, this really is the place to go!
While it’s clear to see there some, ahem, unusual degrees on offer out there; other Universities are testing the water with controversial modules; so students can still be on the receiving end of an eyebrow raise, without their whole degree seeming like a joke. Here are our top three...
3. The Robin Hood Studies Pathway, MA History – University of Nottingham
Proving to everyone once and for all that NOTTINGHAM was the home of Robin Hood (don’t listen to the Yorkshires!); you’ll get to discover all about society, religion and the rebels of the Robin Hood era.
2. David Beckham Studies, Sociology, Media Studies or Sports Science – University of Staffordshire
Yes, you’re reading this right. You can ACTUALLY study one of England’s most famous footballers for part of your degree. There isn’t anything else to say, really.
1. Harry Potter & The Age of Illusion, Education – Durham
This course will help you to question the relevance of Harry Potter to the educational system of the 21st century; including the lecture on ‘My Station & It’s Duties – Harry Potter & The Good Citizen’. Yes, it may seem like a great idea if you are a Harry Potter addict... just don’t expect masses of admiration and adoration from future employees...
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