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Here’s what undergraduates love about their degree in...clock-making!

Published: Thursday, 30 October 2014   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Party season is almost upon us, and as mingling gets underway conversation inevitably turns to what you’re studying and why you chose that particular discipline.

While it’s easy enough to explain the rational behind a degree in accounting or an MA in psychology, eyebrows may be raised when you explain that your degree subject of choice is....clock making.

This is exactly the scenario that could be faced by undergraduates taking the BA in Horology – that’s the art or science of measuring time to you and me – from Birmingham City University.

Believed to be the only course of its kind in the world, the degree is taught at the historic Birmingham School of Jewellery.

Final year student Andrew – who has just completed a seven-week placement at TAG Heuer watch producers Luis Vuitton – spoke positively about his placement and a career in horology.

“It was an amazing experience. They let us experience every aspect of the workshop. I found it really inspiring,” he said.

“I think I want to work in the watch servicing sector initially and then go into restoration, you have to know watches inside out before you can begin to restore them.

“When I am older I might take on the family business. I like the whole delicacy involved in watch-making.”

Jeremy Hobbins, course director and deputy head of the school, added: “The clock and watch restoration business is a vibrant one and we have graduates now working all over the world.

“We are highly concentrated on the mechanics and workings of watches and clocks and teaching how to repair and restore them.”

He also went to outline that as well as gaining the practical skills of watch making and restoration students are also furnished with business skills. This includes learning how to write a business plan and how to secure financing for their start up.

Students who want to learn more can meet current lecturers and students at the open day on Saturday 15 November from 9am-3pm.

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