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Here’s a rundown of the most niche courses that you can study at NTU

Not fussed for a mainstream degree? We’ve got you covered


Nottingham Trent University is home to just under 29,000 undergrads, so surely they can’t all do business management? Across the UK, the most popular university courses are subjects such as psychology, economics, and business. However, what’s out there for people who want something a bit different and to experience everything that Notts has to offer.

Artisan food production

Starting off strong with potentially the most niche course I’ve ever heard of, it’s fair to say you won’t meet many people in the smoking area who do this course. You can choose between a BSc or a FdSc if you want the skills to set up your own artisan food business. This course is split between facilities as the Welbeck Estate and the Brackenhurst Campus – wherever they are?

Zoology

Think of this as the niche version of a biology degree. This course aims to “inspire you through the study of animals at every level”. Despite the name, this course doesn’t just qualify you to work in a zoo; you could work for government agencies or go into environmental science or consulting.

Communications and film and TV

Before you ask, yes, that’s one degree, not two. This degree, based at Clifton Campus, explores the “complex relationship between communications, culture, and society”. Perhaps if more people did a communications degree, then group presentations would be less awkward in seminars. My particular favourite module for this course is American Cinema Since 1949. Talk about niche.

Content creation

For all the budding social media influencers out there, Trent has you covered. Whilst studying, you can expect to work on industry-standard audio and visual hardware technologies, giving you all the skills you need to launch a successful digital career. Who knows? Do well in this degree, and you could be a social media editor at The Tab.

Equine behaviour, health and welfare

Love horses? Then swap the lecture hall for the stables with this niche offering from NTU. With access to a British Horse Society-standard equestrian center, you can learn about equine science and network with professionals within the industry. This is an industry-specific degree, with graduates usually going on to work in roles based in the equine sector.

Design for theatre and live performance

For people with a passion for theater, this is a degree that explores all aspects of contemporary design, teaching you creative, technical, and communicative skills. As well as this, you will get the opportunity to work on live projects within the industry, such as The National Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse. If that doesn’t convince you, all assessment is coursework, so no nasty three-hour exams at the end of the year.

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