Course type:
Postgraduate

Postgraduate Certificate Equine Behaviour and Welfare

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

The Postgraduate Certificate in Equine Behaviour and Welfare provides you with the opportunity to develop and further explore a range of applied subjects within the field of equestrian science, with a specific focus on optimising the welfare of the horse through the employment of appropriate management strategies within the routine care of equestrian athletes.

The programme is founded around the core module of Equine Behaviour and Welfare. The applied content of this module enables you to appreciate and evaluate the interactions between the horse, the human and the management systems imposed on the equine athlete. This module aims to increase your knowledge of equine behavioural science and develop an appreciation of how scientific investigations into equine behaviour can enhance health and performance within the domestic horse.

Optional modules also enable you to tailor your study to your areas of interest. In the past, these have included Breeding for Performance, Rider Performance, Applied Equine Exercise Physiology, Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation and Postgraduate Independent Study.

This Postgraduate Certificate can be completed in one year and, on successful completion, graduates have the opportunity to progress to the PG Diploma Equine Science and then on to MSc Equine Science, or directly on to the MSc Equine Science. The PG Certificate therefore acts as an ideal transition to postgraduate study for those who may not be in a position to move straight on to a full Masters programme. Trips are often run in association with specific modules that are run on a cost recovery basis only and students are given significant time to be able to plan for such expenses outside of the standard fees.

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.