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Top 10 WTF UK University Courses

VO: Richard Bush WRITTEN BY: Marc Turner
If you want a degree with good job prospects, you might want to look elsewhere. Welcome to WatchMojo UK, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 WTF UK University Courses. For this list, we’re focusing on the weirdest and most eye-catching courses offered by British universities. We’re only considering standalone courses though, short or long, rather than individual modules from a larger and more logical educational endeavour… Which unfortunately means we’ve ruled out the likes of David Beckham Studies. Special thanks to our user RichardFB for submitting the idea on our interactive suggestion tool: WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 WTF UK University Courses


If you want a degree with good job prospects, you might want to look elsewhere. Welcome to WatchMojo UK, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 WTF UK University Courses.

For this list, we’re focusing on the weirdest and most eye-catching courses offered by British universities. We’re only considering standalone courses though, short or long, rather than individual modules from a larger and more logical educational endeavour… Which unfortunately means we’ve ruled out the likes of David Beckham Studies.

#10: Dairy Herd Management
University Centre Reaseheath


Considering how much time cows spend eating grass in fields, you wouldn’t think they need much managing.But apparently you’d be wrong, because Reaseheath College offers a 2-year course covering everything from dairy cow genetics to practical skills like foot trimming.And the need for such animal knowhow could truly never be greater, with a 2017 Cadbury’s survey revealing that 30% of British kids don’t know where milk comes from, and 12% don’t even know what sound a cow makes.

#9: Outdoor Adventure Education
Plymouth Marjon University


According to Plymouth Marjon’s website, this course is ideal for students who are curious about questions like “Is Bear Grylls good or bad for outdoor education?” and “Why do people think I like getting wet and cold?” The 3-year course includes such head-scratching modules as “Expeditions: theory & practice” and the “Applied physiology & psychology for outdoor adventure”. If you’re worried that jumping off rocks into water won’t help your career prospects, though, never fear. Graduates of the course have gone on to become police officers, firefighters, and adventure activity instructors.

#8: Contemporary Circus with Physical Theatre
Bath Spa University


Now, this one really does sound like fun. If you’ve ever dreamed of running away with the circus, or you just really like attempting death defying tricks and stunts, then this could be the foundation degree that you’ve been searching for. Doubling down on circus disciplines, but also incorporating the likes of theatre and cabaret, graduates become an all singing, all dancing, ultra-expressive expert on performance arts. The seemingly specific post-study employment opportunities might prove tricky to come by, but two years of uni fees on learning how to trapeze could never not be worth it. Right?

#7: Baking Technology and Management
London South Bank University


If you see yourself as the next Mary Berry or Prue Leith, this just might be the degree for you. The 2-year undertaking proves there is way, way more to baking than just following a recipe, as students are taught topics ranging from bakery food science to the technology of flour confectionery. And did we mention the two whole modules on chocolate? The course doesn’t guarantee you a spot in the next series of “The Great British Bake Off”, but we’re guessing it can’t hurt your chances, right?

#6: Ethical Hacking
Abertay University


Since hacking is usually considered a crime, you’d have thought teaching people how to do it would be a bad idea. But the purpose of this 4-year study is to prepare students for a career in cybersecurity, giving them the skills they need to defend computer networks from attack – because defeating cyber criminals is not as quite simple as the TV shows might have you believe. Ethical hackers actually have an impressive employment rate of around 88%, too. So, your job prospects are high, and you might wind up working in international espionage!

#5: Puppetry: Design and Performance
Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London


This perfectly precise qualification was the first UK degree in puppet theatre, and covers both the theoretical and practical elements of puppetry. Did you know there was so much to consider? According to the course promo clip, puppeteers are encouraged to think of themselves as artists, with students offered the chance to do anything from changing the world to wrapping their legs in Sellotape. If anyone doubts the value of the course, though, just think of the painful puppets someone could create if they didn’t have the proper training.

#4: The Beatles, Popular Music and Society
Liverpool Hope University


No surprises that this 1-year master’s degree is held in Liverpool, the home of The Fab Four. Cynics might question the value of studying songs about yellow submarines and octopus gardens,but the course also examines the musical development of The Beatles together with their impact on pop culture – which was pretty immense.you have to wonder what The Beatles themselves would make of being studied academically though, particularly since John Lennon reportedly once said of the band: “It's only a rock group that split up, it's nothing important.”

#3: Applied Golf Management Studies
University of Birmingham


In a 2007 report by the Taxpayers Alliance, golf management was branded as one of the UK’s top five “non-courses” for supposedly requiring no academic ability. It doesn’t guarantee you’ll shoot a hole-in-one or secure a future on the PGA Tour as the next Rory McIlroy. Instead students spend three years studying topics such as equipment technology and coaching science.The requirements aren’t all academic though, and you need to be handy on the actual course to get on this course. To qualify for a place, men need a handicap of 6, and women a handicap of 8.

#2: Equestrian Psychology and Sports Science
Nottingham Trent University


The phrase ‘Equestrian psychology’ probably conjures up images of horses lying on psychiatrists’ couches. But instead of turning you into the next horse whisperer, this 4-year degree aims to give graduates a knowledge of equine behaviour through modules like “equine learning and cognition”. There’s even the chance to go on a 6-month international exchange. If the concept of horse psychology has you bemused, spare a thought for the horses themselves – it’s not all pretty paddocks and winning the Grand National, you know!

#1: Surf Science and Technology
Cornwall College, University of Plymouth


We know what you’re thinking: “Where do I sign up?” Before you do so, though, you should know that this 2-year course doesn’t actually teach students how to surf. Instead, it covers such topics as the theoretical aspects of wave formation and the psychological aspects of surfing as a sport. And you thought people went to the beach to get away from work! With the surfing industry in Cornwall booming, graduates should be highly employable. Plus studying by the sea? You know it makes sense.
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