The University of Derby has announced its intention to introduce a full-time Bachelor of Arts program in the management and distribution of horse shit, available to undergraduates from 2010 onwards.
In a posting on the University's website, Vice-Chancellor Professor John Coyne wrote that "aspiring veterinarians, senior agricultural executives and business consultants would do well to gain a place on this fantastic new program."
The course, entitled "Horse Shit Studies with Goat Shit," is expected to attract a large number of applications from students currently in sixth-form or college. Candidates will be required to pass three A-levels and take an entrance exam.
Modules will include "spade safety," "hygiene in the workplace," "piling crap effectively" and "how not to get shit on your dungarees." Promising students may also be offered a work placement in neighbouring stable Happy Horses.
"We're really exited about the Horse Shit department," said Alex Fowler, Head of Excrement at Derby. "We can now compete with our major rivals, who also offer shit degrees."
Michael Smith, who attends Derbyshire college "Joseph Wright", has already sent his application to Derby with UCAS, an online service for higher education enrolment. "It looks quite easy," said Smith, "and, after all, a degree's a degree, right?"