Hartpury College

Equine Science (MSc, PGDip, PGCert)

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Course Overview

Equine Science can be studied at MSc, Pg Diploma or Pg Certificate level.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 and a range of full and part time study options are available to suit your personal circumstances. The modules will increase your knowledge and understanding but a key focus is the application of how equine science can maximize performance, enhance career longevity or aid in selection of the performance horse, with a core goal of optimising the horse’s welfare. Throughout the modules, you will also gain ‘hands-on’ experience of modern technology, e.g. gait analysis and electromyography, utilized to assess performance which can build valuable skills for your future. The dissertation project allows you to take the knowledge and skills gained during the programme and apply them to a unique research project based upon your personal interest which could be linked to future career development or aspirations. 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.

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.Traditional lectures will only be one part of your course. You’ll also learn through group and individual presentations and discussions, student-led seminar groups, analysis and application of case studies and experiential learning and simulations. Guest speakers from industry and professional bodies also regularly contribute to the programme. These innovative methods create an environment that is enjoyable, varied and provides effective learning.

The programme can be completed full time in one year; part time routes are available and should be planned with your Programme Manager.

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


This course has variable a duration

PG Certificate – 1 year

PG Diploma – 1 year full time / 2+ years part-time

MSc - 1 year full time / 2+ years part-time

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.

For the most up to date information on your programme, you can find your course information sheet here

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In Brief


1 Year

Tuition fees


  • Masters UK/EU                                          £6000.00
  • Masters International                                £10800.00
  • PG Dip UK/EU                                           £3500.00
  • PG Dip International                                 £7200.00
  • 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

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 Exercise Physiology
  • Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • The Research Process
  • Equine Behavior and Welfare
  • Rider Performance
  • The Postgraduate Dissertation 

Optional Modules:

  • Breeding for Performance
  • Independent study