Course type:
Postgraduate

(MSc, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate) Equine Science

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.

Two years full-time 

One year accelerated full-time

The MSc Equine Science programme provides you with the opportunity to develop and further explore a range of applied subjects within the field of equestrian science, building on your prior learning and experience within the industry.

The programme contains core modules within a broad range of subjects; each with a strong applied context enabling you to appreciate and evaluate the interaction of science within practice.

Students have opportunities to use different types of technology, for example gait analysis and electromyography equipment, that they can use for data measurement and collection depending on the modules selected or the line of investigation taken in their thesis.

Your choice of modules will help you to increase your knowledge and understanding of how equine science can maximise performance, extend career length or aid in selection of the performance horse, with a core goal of optimising the horse’s welfare.

Both the postgraduate dissertation module and the optional postgraduate independent study module provides you with the opportunity to examine in greater level of critical detail an area of equine science which you have a motivated interest in and which is potentially linked to future career development.

Students are encouraged to attend conferences, present their research and become a member of the wider academic community, including at our own annual Hartpury-Alltech Student Conference.

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.


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.