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The most unusual UK degrees!

If you want to study abroad in the UK, Kaplan Pathways can help. We offer progression to more than 4,600 UK degrees through our fantastic university partners, meaning there’s an option for everyone, no matter how unique your interests are. Don’t believe us? Here are some of the most unusual degrees you can study at our UK university partners.

BSc Applied Golf Management Studies

The University of Birmingham’s BSc Applied Golf Management Studies is one of only six golfing degrees in the UK, and the only one offered by a prestigious Russell Group university. In fact, Birmingham is ranked an impressive 15th in the UK overall (QS World University Rankings 2024) and 6th in the UK for Sport Science (Complete University Guide 2024)!

This degree is the perfect choice for students interested in pursuing a career in golf, either as a player, coach or golf management specialist, and it’s been designed in collaboration with the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA).

You’ll study all areas of the sport, with modules on sports science, equipment technology, coach education, marketing, and sport business and management. You’ll also be eligible to apply for membership of the PGA as a PGA Professional, PGA Coach or PGA Business Manager, and be able to compete in university and PGA-level tournaments.

Finally, the degree incorporates several work placements, meaning you’ll graduate with a wealth of professional experience, ready to start your career.

BSc Artisan Food Production

Calling all foodies! If you’re interested in how your favourite organic sourdough bread and artisan cheeses are produced, this degree at Nottingham Trent University is for you. You’ll learn everything you need to know about working in the artisan food industry, from developing sustainable and ethical food practices, to creating a product range and starting your own company.

As well as honing your practical skills, you’ll also explore the cultural importance of artisan food, gain an understanding of human nutrition and learn how to analyse food for nutrients and allergens.

Teaching is split between the University’s Brackenhurst site and The School of Artisan Food, where you’ll learn from some of the most experienced artisan food producers in the UK! The School of Artisan Food is located in Nottinghamshire’s pretty Welbeck Estate, which you can easily reach using the University’s free shuttle bus service.

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Msc Brewing Science and Practice

Beer isn’t just something people drink, it can also be part of a fulfilling career. You can start your path to a career in brewing by studying this specialised master’s degree at the University of Nottingham.

You’ll focus on scientific skills including biology, microchemistry and genetics, and their application in industry, as well as practical skills in designing and brewing beers, and learn the theory behind flavour perception.

Students on this degree also enjoy excellent careers support and networking opportunities, with career workshops and industry visits. You will also carry out a brewing research project, where you’ll work with a real company and develop skills in writing scientific research papers.

Teaching takes place at the high-tech International Centre for Brewing Science and is supported by additional online resources that you can study in your own time.

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BSc Mathematics with Ocean and Climate Sciences

Subjects like Mathematics and Ocean and Climate Sciences don’t sound so unusual on their own, but you may not have considered or been aware of the option to study them together. Well, at the University of Liverpool, you can!

In fact, mathematics is vital to understanding climate change — and how to manage or even prevent it. For example, mathematical modelling is needed to predict how quickly arctic ice could melt and what effect this could have on sea levels and the risk of flooding. So, you could use your maths skills to save the planet!

The varied degree combines lab work with field visits, and will give you a broad understanding of climate and ocean sciences and the analytical and numerical techniques used for solving complex problems. It’s accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, and prepares students for careers such as computer modelling in oceanography, or environmental monitoring.

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Study an unusual UK degree

If you’re interested in studying any of these unique degrees, you can apply through Kaplan Pathways. We help international students gain entry to a degree at a top UK university though degree preparation courses.

These courses help you to improve your academic skills, subject knowledge and English language levels so they meet your preferred university’s entry requirements. You’ll then be able to enter the first or second year of a bachelor’s degree, or a master’s degree.

Don’t see a degree you’re interested in listed above? Use our degree finder to browse all of our options. Or, if you have any questions, get in touch by filling in the contact form and we’ll be happy to help you.

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