Trying to decide which university degree you want to do for the next few years can be a huge decision for students – and considering the cost of tuition fees, making the wrong choice can be an expensive mistake. With this in mind, many people will opt for a more traditional or transferrable degree that can be applied to a number of careers. However, plenty of universities in the UK have got you covered if you’re looking for something a little more specific…
We’re taking a look at some of the strangest and most niche university courses offered at universities across the country.
Baking Technology Management
If lockdown has turned you into something of a baking connoisseur, London South Bank University might have just the course for you! This 1-year Top-Up BSc (Hons) course is designed for students who are looking to “take their baking careers further”.
Students who opt for this course can expect to learn more about the science and business knowledge needed to pursue a successful career in the baking world. The course covers the science of bread fermentation, the art of creative artisan chocolate and luxury continental patisserie, and finish off with a dissertation on baking innovation!
Contemporary Circus and Physical Performance
If the performing arts are your thing, we think you would find it difficult to find a more fun-sounding course on offer than Bath Spa University’s Contemporary Circus and Physical Performance course.
This course is run in partnership with Circomedia, a leading centre that has been at the forefront of contemporary circus and physical theatre education for over 30 years! Over the course of two years, students will be taught a host of skills that are aimed at making you “a well-rounded circus-theatre artist who can be both creator and performer.” Sounds great to us!
Applied Golf Management
The popularity of golf seems to have reached new levels of popularity through lockdown as one of the few sports where it is possible to socially distance. So the University of Birmingham might be seeing a rise in people applying for its Applied Golf Management course…
Developed in partnership with the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA), the course merges theoretical studies and with a PGA-assessed vocational placement. This unique course also has a 100% employment rate and offers students the opportunity to represent the University of Birmingham at golf competitions!
Surf Science and Technology
As far as surfing in the UK goes – Cornwall is the place to be. So, it’s rather fitting that Cornwall College – part of the University of Plymouth – offer its students the opportunity to learn everything surf, from the history and development of the sport to the practical skills for building a dynamic surfboard!
The two-year-long Surf Science and Technology course may not technically teach you to surf, it certainly could put you in a great position to get your dream job in the surfing industry.
The ‘Harry Potter Degree’
Although not technically a degree, this list of niche and unusual studies could not be complete without a reference to the University of Durham’s Harry Potter-based module. During the second year of the Education Studies course at Durham, students will look at the social and cultural context of J.K. Rowling’s famous wizarding world!
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