This year's students have a bewildering array of courses on offer to them, all vying for their student loans. These offbeat degrees are all making an attempt to lure students in by providing ever more esoteric specialisms. Parents, used to the traditional subjects, mock these 'Mickey Mouse' degrees -- from David Beckham studies to Equine Psychology.
Are all these courses intellectually pointless? Do they ever turn out high-achieving graduates? Are we too old-fashioned in our thinking about worthwhile degrees? Perhaps a degree in Cruise Management could set you in good stead...
"Going anywhere on your holidays?', is probably not on the sylubus for Derby's <a href="http://www.derby.ac.uk/beauty-spa-and-hairdressing/what-our-students-say/natalie-charman-fda-hairdressing-and-salon-management" target="_hplink">FdA Hairdressing and Salon Management</a>. A love of peroxide and leopard print is also optional.
Clowning is a serious business, so Bath Spa offer a <a href="http://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/contemporary-circus-and-physical-performance-fd.asp" target="_hplink">Foundation in Contemporary Circus and Physical Performance</a>, after which, a future on Covent Garden Plaza beckons.
Horses can't talk, that's why Glyndwr University offer a B<a href="http://www.newi.ac.uk/en/Undergraduatecourses/EquestrianPsychology/" target="_hplink">Sc (Hons) in Equestrian Psychology</a> so we can find out. Phew.
<a href=" http://www1.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/3697/Pages/CourseOverview.aspx" target="_hplink">BSc (Hons) Cruise Management at Plymouth</a>. Not for guiding the career of Hollywood actors, but hundreds of ship bound holiday makers. One hopes the hygiene module on avoiding food poisoning is up to date.
If you fancy learning how to carve a gnarly barrel, <a href="http://www1.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/1645/Pages/CourseOverview.aspx." target="_hplink">Plymouth's </a>BSc (Hons) in Surf Science and Technology will show you how.
If you fancy being the next Adele the <a href="http://www.uel.ac.uk/programmes/hss/undergraduate/popularmusic.htm" target="_hplink">University of East London has a course in Pop Music</a>
In 2009 Manchester University <a href="http://www.how-do.co.uk/north-west-media-news/north-west-digital-media/mmu-to-deliver-film-and-media-degree-through-second-life-200903244983/" target="_hplink">announced </a>it was to deliver a section of their TV & Film course in Second Life.
Indulge your inner Norseman and enrole on the <a href="http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ugstudy/course.php?inc=course&code=0227" target="_hplink">Viking course at Nottingham University</a>. modules may include 'Monastery sacking 101' and 'mead consumption', and you can bet the Fresher's Week would be fun! 65