We’ve trawled the UK higher education landscape to dig out some of the best degrees you’ve probably never heard of

A quick search of uni courses on UCAS brings up a whole array of weird and wonderful degree subjects that not only help you to stand out from the masses, but also make for a pretty good conversation-starter at the pub.

Looking for the right degree for you? Read on and you might come across your ideal (if a little unusual) university subject.

Viticulture and Oenology

Nope, we didn’t know what these words meant either, but it turns out that they’re both to do with the consumption of booze.

A BSc (Hons) degree with the Wine department at Plumpton College teaches you all about the science of grape-growing and wine-making, and is said to set you right up for a career in wine production.

Ethical Hacking

‘Ethical’ and ‘hacking’ are two words you might not expect to go together. But at the University of Abertay in Dundee, you can discover everything you could ever need to know about computer hacking and cybersecurity on their Ethical Hacking course.

If you’re not much of a computer whizz, this degree will be news to you, but for anyone immersed in the world of computer science and online security, this course is old hat.

Brewing and Distilling

Students and alcohol go together like gin and tonic. Why not embrace this by enrolling on the MSc Brewing and Distilling degree at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh?

This is actually a pretty popular degree and career path (alcohol is big business in the UK), so you’ll need to fight off some stiff competition by having a keen interest in science and the brewing process, as opposed to just drinking the produce (although that would still be an undeniable perk).

Top employers in the beverage industry often hunt down students with this degree, so contrary to what many might think, graduate employment rates are high.

Ethnobotany

Obsessed with decorating your uni home with greenery? Humans have historically had a super interesting relationship with plants, which you can learn all about on the MSc Ethnobotany course at the University of Kent.

It’s the first programme of its kind, exploring how humans understand and respond to plants, how we use them, how we modify them and more.

Animal Behaviour and Psychology

The Animal Behaviour and Psychology degree at the University of Chester teaches you about the way animals think and feel (cockroaches have personalities according to the subject spec!).

Baking Science and Technology

It might sound too good to be true, but you can, in fact, study a degree that teaches you skills like artisan chocolate training and advanced bread technology. Clearly, there’s a lot more to cake than just eating it.

If you fancy yourself as the next Mary Berry, then this two-year course will also teach you the management and commercial shenanigans to back up your new career move.

Sexual Health Studies

The first of its kind in the UK, the Sexual Health Studies course at UCLan might cause a few awkward conversations with your parents, but it’s a great shout for those looking for a career in sexual health services.

Modules include cultural and sociological perspectives of sexuality, design and delivery of sex and relationship education, and global perspectives of sexual health.

Circus and Physical Performance

If studying Contemporary Circus and Physical Performance at Bath Spa University doesn’t float your boat then, quite frankly, we don’t know what will.

It’s a top contender for the most fun-sounding degree we’ve come across. You’ll learn a whole host of skills and receive top physical training from experts in the field.

Fire Engineering

At UCLan, you can get a degree in Fire Engineering, which is ideal if you’re aiming for a senior role in fire safety. The course also offers the option to do a 48-week industrial placement between your second and third year, which could really help to boost your CV when you start your graduate job search.

Hand Embroidery

If you’re looking for a really unique university course, you could try Hand Embroidery BA (Hons) at the Royal School of Needlework.

Floral Design

You could study this as a short course, but why would you want to do that when you can get a full-blown degree in Floral Design at University Centre Myerscough?

Dairy Herd Management

The two-year Agriculture course with Dairy Herd Management, found at University Centre Reaseheath, will set you up nicely for life with a whole host of dairy farming-related skills.

Surf Science

It doesn’t take a genius to guess that a Surf Science foundation degree would be offered exclusively at Cornwall College (part of the University of Plymouth). by the beach!

Prop Making

If you’re looking for an arty job in the entertainment industry, it’s definitely worth considering the Prop Making degree at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

As part of the degree, you’d get the chance to undertake industry placements and gain first-hand experience of this (rather brilliant) career path. You’d also receive intensive training in prop making throughout the course, helping you to really develop your art and design skills.

Education Studies

An Education Studies degree at Durham University might not sound like the most interesting thing on this list, but we’re using that picture for a reason.

On this degree, you’d be able to study a module on the wonders of Harry Potter and the Age of Illusion.

It’s easy to overlook unusual degrees, but you never know where they could take you. Although they’re certainly niche, you could stand a better chance of getting a graduate job if you can prove yourself as an expert in your niche field.

You might also be interested in knowing what kind of salary you could expect from your degree once you graduate.

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