What’s the weirdest thing you have ever done for your degree?

Aside from weeping into your laptop at 3am

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Most of us spend at least three years dedicating our time to studying and living the student life. We put a lot of time and effort into university, and some of the things people get up to in the name of their course can be pretty crazy.

The Tab has ventured and asked the question: “What’s the weirdest thing you’ve done for your degree?”

Emily, Third Year, Geography

“On my course, one of the modules made us walk around Selly backwards, walk blindfolded around campus, and pretend Birmingham was Amsterdam. Never felt so stupid in my life.”

Jack, First Year, Biomedical Science

“I had to drink a liter of water and then piss in a cup every 30 minutes, and measure the volume and ion concentrations.”

Miriam, Third Year, Psychology

“For my Dissertation, I had to measure the sleep quality of children with intellectual disabilities, which meant watching 672 hours of children sleeping over my Christmas holiday. This makes me sound like so much fun!”

Abs, Second Year, Medicine

“Weirdest thing personally? Examined the wrong patients chest.”

Cait, Third Year, Law

“I don’t think we have ever had to do anything weird apart from read books. That’s weird in my eyes.”

Emily, Second Year, Medical Biochemistry

“We had to do a pregnancy test with cows urine to see if it was pregnant.”

Amy, Third Year, Psychology

“I had to observe some chimpanzees for my dissertation so spent 60 hours with them over a couple of weeks. I had to wear overalls in case they threw poop at me and smelt so bad of chimpanzees that my housemates made me shower as soon as I got home.”

Kieran, Third Year, Ancient History and Jin, MSc Embedded Systems


“The weirdest thing I did was go to Sicily and sneak into an archaeological site.”

“My lecturer required us to design a system, but we don’t have to make it work. For us it’s quite weird because if it is not working why we have to design it.”

Well, there you have it. Anything’s better than the regular blood, sweat and tears that go into a degree.