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Thinking Outside The Box With A More Unusual Choice Of Degree

Tuesday, 24 June 2014 14:51

By Victoria Taylor

- Overall, we go to university with one goal in mind (aside from partying and making a great bunch of friends), and that’s to learn. We’re all looking for a degree that will let us get a job later, but degrees in Business, English Literature or I.T aren’t for everyone. Neither are the more creative courses like Art, Creative Writing or Film Studies. But, as these courses prove, there’s definitely a degree out there or everyone, even if you want to study something that’s just a little bit weird and wonderful…

The University of Derby offers a module in Parapsychology as part of its second year psychology course: Instead of studying the human mind and how it works, how about livening up your second year of psychology with the “Anomalistic Psychology and Parapsychology,” module? It looks into extrasensory perception, psychokinesis and experiences of apparitions, which definitely sounds more interesting than reading over criminal case studies over and over again.

Greenwich University lets you study vampires in the first year: For those who tend to prefer their spooks to be fictional, the University of Greenwich offers the chance for third year students to take a course in “The Literature of the Gothic,” where you’ll get to study classics such as Dracula, Sweeney Todd, and The Shining. Perfect for any horror lovers, this course is one that will definitely send chills down anyone’s spine… 

Bakery courses at London South Bank University: Though it might not seem like the most obvious thing in the world to take a degree in, London Southbank University offer the chance to take courses in bakery, which not only covers the science based part of cooking, but offers to teach students how to manage their finances so that they can grow a business, and will apparently teach you how to become a chocolatier. Where do I sign up?

Anglia Ruskin University: Animal Behaviour: Not exactly a people person, but you love your dog to bits? Instead of studying the human mind with a regular psychology degree, how about learning how animals think? Anglia Ruskin University’s Cambridge campus offers an Animal Behaviour course, which teaches students how to study biological bases of animal behaviour, with first and second year modules such as “Introduction to Marine Biology,” and “Parasitology,” respectively. If you want to go into animal conservation or zoo education, this is the degree for you.

Study Marine Biology at the University of Newcastle: So instead of learning the ways of the animal mind, maybe you’d rather opt for the ocean? Newcastle University has a course in Marine Biology, where you can take a module in “Introductory Oceanography,” or, as another option, study “Marine Zooplankton,” as well as further environmental topics like climate change. Sounds fun if you like that kind of thing.

Though all jokes aside, taking a course that isn’t quite so conventional might turn out to be a better idea than previously thought. We all know it’s getting harder and harder to find graduate level jobs, especially when the market is being saturated by people who are taking degrees not because they want to, but because they believe there’s a better chance of employability at the end: I know I was told to do an English Literature degree as opposed to a Creative Writing one because it seemed like a subject that wouldn’t be taken seriously by employers. But surely there comes a tipping point where there a genuinely too many lawyers or I.T technicians, and who knows? Maybe there will be plenty of demand for parapsychologists…