No April Fool – unusual degrees you really can study…

University students can choose from a vast array of degree courses, some of them rather less conventional than you might expect.

Which? University has been taking a closer look at the undergraduate courses listed on its free course finder and reveals some of the more out-of-the-ordinary degree options on offer:

1. Theatre Practice (Puppetry),CentralSchool of Speech and Drama,University ofLondon. Example modules: animation and manipulation, puppet-making.

2. Ethical Hacking, University ofAbertay Dundee. Example modules: dynamic internet systems, working with gadgets.

3. International Spa Management, University ofDerby. Example modules: balanced nutrition and spa cuisine, massage techniques.

4. Viking Studies, UniversityCollegeLondon (UCL). Example modules: Nordic cinema, mythology and religion in medievalScandinavia.

5. Brewing and Distilling, Heriot-WattUniversity. Example modules: beer maturation, commercial aspects of brewing and distilling.

6. Applied Golf Management, University ofBirmingham. Example modules: the psychology of golf, coaching science.

7. Equestrian Psychology and Sports Science, NottinghamTrentUniversity. Example modules: rider performance, horse human relationship.

8. Education Studies – Harry Potter module,DurhamUniversity. Module includes: Griffindor and Slytherin: prejudice and intolerance in the classroom, welcome to Hogwarts: the commodification of education.

9. Cruise Management,PlymouthUniversity. Example modules: hospitality dynamics, food and drink operations.

10. Adventure Education, University ofChichester. Example modules: philosophy of adventure education, adventure sport videography.

Which? executive director, Richard Lloyd, said:

“Our list of the top 10 most unusual university degrees on offer is no April Fool’s joke. It shows that students at UK universities have countless options nowadays. But with higher tuition fees than ever before, it’s important that people applying to university do their homework and choose the course and university that is right for them.  Which? University gives people free access to impartial information and advice so they can more easily make this choice.”

Notes to editors:

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