Hartpury College

Equine Behaviour and Welfare

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Course Overview

Recognition of the importance of equine welfare has never been higher, both with industry lead bodies and the general public. Equine welfare underpins safe management of the horse and facilitates a longer and more successful career in every area of their use. To achieve a high standard of welfare understanding the principles of the study of equine behaviour is essential. With a large number of horses on site, and many links with industry stakeholders we believe that UWE Hartpury is well placed to support postgraduate level study in this fundamental area. At postgraduate level it is expected that you can engage and inform with developments and innovations in this fast moving subject area. This programme develops an applied understanding of the principles of equine behaviour and welfare, and supports the students in gaining and applying the research techniques necessary to evaluate and contribute to current understanding.

Postgraduate study in Equine Science at Hartpury can be the start of many exciting opportunities. The programme consists of taught modules delivered via weekend study blocks to facilitate study alongside your career.  As a postgraduate student of Equine Science, you will have a personal academic tutor to help support you to achieve your individual goals and interests. Study skills module weekends are also held during the induction period and combine with formative assessment opportunities to help support your academic development. This is combined with staff who are engaged with advancing equine science on the international stage yet remain accessible and committed to promoting your achievement.  Students are encouraged throughout their programme to attend conferences, present their research and become a member of the wider academic community including at our own annual Alltech-Hartpury Equine Performance conference.

The friendly, supportive and personal atmosphere here at Hartpury combines with the flexible modular programme to offer a unique, inspirational, engaging and enjoyable postgraduate experience.

For further information on the programme, please contact the Programme Manager Kirsty Lesniak – kirsty.lesniak@hartpury.ac.uk 01452 702 488

Our students have gone on to some fantastic careers in a wide range of industries and enjoyed some exceptional work placements all over the world, helping them open doors to their dream careers. You can read our students’ stories here

Entry Requirements


Applicants should have at least a lower second class Honours Degree in a relevant subject.  Students with non-relevant qualifications but with two or more years of relevant work experience or professional experience will be considered on an individual basis.

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In Brief


1 Year

Tuition fees

  • PG Cert UK/EU                                          £1750.00
  • PG Cert International                                £3600.00

Are you a member of the UWE or Hartpury Alumni? You are entitled to a 20% discount on full time fees or 10% on part time fees

Are you a member of the UWE or Hartpury Alumni? You are entitled to a 20% discount on full time fees or 10% on part time fees

When should I apply

Applications for postgraduate study can be submitted at any point through the year; however as places are limited on some courses, we recommend that you apply early. You can apply for September 2016 entry now.

How to apply

Please complete the on-line application form

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Course breakdown

Core Modules:

  • Equine Behaviour and Welfare

Optional Modules:

  • Breeding for Performance
  • Rider Performance
  • Equine Exercise Physiology
  • Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • The Research Process
  • Independent Study