Weird and wonderful degree courses you can take in the UK

The UK loves its eccentrics, so much so that it proudly claims to have more than its larger neighbouring countries. It even has its very own list of ten Great British Eccentrics.

So it’s no surprise to learn that this eccentricity is reflected in some of the degree courses offered at a number of universities around the country. Here are five weird and wonderful degree courses you really wouldn’t believe exist:

Viking and Old Norse Studies, University of Central London

Ever wondered what it was like to live during the Viking times? Well, this four-year degree programme at the University of Central London (UCL) will make sure that you have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of this era. With a year abroad in Denmark, Iceland, Norway or Sweden, this course promises to develop your language skills and teach you a Scandinavian language by the time you graduate. Just maybe leave your Viking helmet at home…

Viticulture and Oenology, Plumpton College

Consider yourself something of a wine connoisseur? Then the degree in Viticulture and Oenology at Plumpton College, which is validated by the University of Brighton, could be the right course for you. ‘Viti-who-and-what-now?’ you may ask. Well, viticulture is the cultivation of grapevines and Oenology is the study of wines; so to put it simply you will be studying a BA in Wine.

Brewing and Distilling, Heriot-Watt University

But what about beer drinkers? Don’t worry, you haven’t been left out! The Brewing and Distilling degree at Heriot Watt University could be perfect for you. The course aims to educate potential managers of this industry by providing them with an understanding of the malting, brewing, and distilling process. Although with 25 percent scheduled learning and 75 percent independent study, there is a pretty good chance that you will spend most of your degree gaining a practical experience… in the pub…

Applied Golf Management Studies, University of Birmingham

Teachers, parents, and careers advisors are constantly telling you to think about your future and apply to study a degree course you will enjoy. Well, if you’re a fan of golf then you’re in luck, as the Applied Golf Management Studies at the University of Birmingham, taught in collaboration with the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA), gives you the chance to do something you love and has the added benefit of an impressive 94.4 percent employability rate, according to the 2014/15 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE).

Outdoor and Adventure education, University of Chichester

Are you a fan of Indiana Jones or have always dreamed of becoming the next Bear Grylls? Well, this course offered by the University of Chichester will teach you how to go on your own adventures, as well as how to facilitate others. The course aims to help students develop technical skills in traditional outdoor pursuits, such as applied meteorology and adventure sport videography.

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