Course type:
Postgraduate

MRes Equestrian Performance

Benefit from world-class facilities and world-class expertise. Learn from lecturers who are specialists in their subject areas. Gain industry experience at our international equine events.

One year full-time

(Flexible part-time options available)

The Masters in Research Equestrian Performance programme provides the opportunity to put into practice research techniques from a range of new and rapidly moving areas depending on your chosen field of study. We will support you with the opportunities and expertise that Hartpury has to offer as an educational and world class competition establishment. Our institution is increasing its research profile, including our active Research Centre for Performance in Equestrian Sports, while the new Rider Performance Centre opens up a world of opportunity. Students are encouraged to become immersed in the research ethos through attendance at conferences, presentation of their own research and by becoming a member of the wider academic community, including at our own annual Hartpury-Alltech Student Conference.

The programme includes an extended research project alongside a research process module and subject specific modules, chosen by you, to complement your chosen specialist research topic. These modules have included Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation, Applied Equine Exercise Physiology, Equine Behaviour and Welfare and Rider Performance.

The aim of the extended research project is that you will make a valuable contribution of knowledge to the field of equestrian performance. Through the requirements of the programme, you will be expected to critically evaluate current research, analyse primary data and report your findings. These skills will allow you to understand and apply current scientific thinking, develop new ideas, and evaluate current processes and practices.

The taught components of the Masters in Research Equestrian Performance are delivered via weekend study blocks to facilitate study alongside your career or personal commitments.

Each taught module will be delivered over either one or two weekends depending on the credit weighting and delivery methods for the module, while the extended research project is undertaken across the academic year through independent study supported by an allocated supervisory team.

The Masters in Research Equestrian Performance can be completed full-time in one year. The option for part-time study is available and study plans from two to three years may be negotiated depending on personal circumstances and career goals.

Students enrolled on the MSc in Research are able to apply for funding to support their research project (currently a maximum of £1000).

How to apply for this course

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have at least a lower second class (2:2) Honours Degree in a relevant subject and a
strong desire to engage in research.


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.


Previous learning towards a university-level qualification or relevant work experience may count as credit for this course. Please contact our admissions team.

Why study Equine at Hartpury University Centre?

Every aspect of our specialist campus is designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to open the door to their dream career, while providing exceptional competition opportunities and supporting horses and riders in all forms of their development and wellbeing.

As Europe’s largest equine education centre, Hartpury attracts the very highest calibre lecturers, researchers and coaches. It also hosts riders, trainers and industry leaders from more than 20 countries at its three major equine festivals each year.

But perhaps the most special thing about Hartpury is that there are so many opportunities for our students to gain real world experience on our own specialist campus.

Key information

  • Postgraduate Fees

    Fees for September 2018 entry

    PG Cert: £2100 (UK/EU), £3675 (international)
    PG Dip: £4200 (UK/EU), £7560 (international)
    MSc: £6,300 (UK/EU), £11,340 (international)
    MRes: £5512 (UK/EU), £11,025 (international)

    MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy: MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy £5,250 per year for years one and two and £1,837 for year three

    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 (i.e. less than 90 credits per years). 

    MRes students are also eligible to put in an application for funding to the Hartpury Scholarship committee up to a maximum of £1000 to cover research projects.

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  • Life at Hartpury

    Hartpury provides a unique postgraduate experience on a stunning 360-hectare rural campus, but with the thriving urban centres of Gloucester and Cheltenham nearby.

    Supported by outstanding staff, postgraduate students are able to engage in applied study and research as part of Hartpury’s active research community on our specialist campus.

    With the Cheltenham and Gloucester on your doorstep and so much happening on campus, life at Hartpury is never dull! Whether you want to grab a quick coffee, lunch between lectures or a late night drink or snack, you’ll find everything you need on site, from our very own Costa Coffee bar ‘Red & Black’ to restaurants and Legends Bar.

  • Research at Hartpury

    Research is not something that is shut away in a laboratory at Hartpury. Along with scholarship and practice, it is central to Hartpury postgraduate life.

    Our University Centre prides itself on conducting exceptional applied research and scholarship. Following our last institutional review by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) in 2011, the culture of research and scholarly activities that exist at Hartpury were highlighted as a key area of good practice.

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Did you know you could combine undergraduate and postgraduate level study?

Hartpury offers a range of Integrated Masters programmes in Sport, Equine and Animal. The first two years parallel the associated BSc (Hons) degree. On successful completion of your second year and with the achievement of a minimum mark average, you will then progress on to a third year where you will study a careful arrangement of third year and postgraduate modules before embarking on a final year of Masters level study. In the final year, you will carry out a research project to explore your own area of specific interest and extend your specialist knowledge and critical thinking.

To find all of our MScI degree courses, just search under honours degrees in the course search.