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16 unique degrees you never knew you could take online

Due to the pandemic, virtual learning is rapidly becoming the new norm. Universities around the world are now offering online courses to students domestically and overseas. It's incredible what you can study remotely from some of the world’s most renowned institutions across the globe.

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Here are a handful of some of the most unique, surprising and fundamental online courses you may never have dreamt existed, let alone be able to study from the comfort of your own home.

Coaching for performance in football

Always dreamt of being a famous footballer? This course is designed to improve your football performance and job prospects…premier league, here you come.

Anti Racism in Urban Education

Want to know how to address racism at a local level? Get an understanding of education in urban environments with a focus on race, racism and anti-racism.

Brewing

This masters will take you through the science behind brewing beer all the way through to managing the production line.

Wine science

If the words "compulsory wine tasting" sounds like your idea of fun, then this associate degree will be right up your street. Learn how to produce it right down to what food to pair it with.

Counter terrorism

This course will give you an in-depth understanding of legislation, policy and the latest methods used to deal with the changing face of violent extremism in the UK and internationally.

Astronomy

Obsessed with the Milky Way? Get lost in the stars? Want to know if there’s life in outer space? Well, now you can study Astronomy from anywhere in the world.

Mortuary science

This course teaches you how to manage a funeral service, embalm a body and rebuild the human face. You’ll also learn about the psychology of grief, helping families in times of tragedy.

Aviation and aerospace sustainability

Sustainability has fast become one of the top priorities for many businesses - if you want to be at the forefront of change within the aerospace industry this could be perfect for you.

Queer studies

Want to know the history and politics of the LGBTQ+ movement and activism? In this degree, you’ll explore everything from queer pop culture to transgender politics and queer theories.

Sustainability health and wellbeing

If you’re passionate about healthcare, studying this subject will help you to identify the issues faced in different parts of the world.

Disability studies

This degree will equip you with everything you need to help make the world a more inclusive place for those living with disabilities.

Turfgrass science

Obsessed with golf? Want to manage an athletics field? Or just fascinated by the science behind the green stuff - this course may be perfect for you.

Women and gender studies

With women at the center of everything you’ll learn, this course explores female lives and their experiences, examining race, class, culture and sexuality.

Fisheries and wildlife course

Obsessed with the ocean? From Sea birds to fish and water mammals find out everything there is to know about the animals and how to effectively practice wildlife and fishery conservation.

Applied cloud technology

If you’re a tech lover this applied cloud technology course could be right up your street. Learn how to make businesses more efficient with technology which helps companies to grow.

Unmanned system application

Love flying drones? Want to know all about driverless cars and delivery operations? Fascinated by self-flying planes? This is the degree for you.

Laura Rettie, Vice President of Global Communications at, education consultancy Studee comments:

“The impact of the pandemic on the higher education sector has been huge. The options, ease and trust in online degrees is bound to improve now - it’s got to. Certain sections of society who were once unable to benefit from studying at university due to location or personal circumstances have had a large piece of red tape removed.

“Once upon a time some businesses looking to hire graduates may have been biased towards a university education vs an online one. This could be the end of that prejudice, offering more flexibility, a larger variety of courses, greater ease of access and in some cases a more affordable option - especially to those who can find the money for the tuition fees but can’t afford to upsticks and move away from family or a job.”