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Honours and Integrated Masters Degrees

BA (Hons) Equine Business Management

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.

Understand the key principles of successful business on a campus full of commercial opportunities. Develop business skills and pursue your equine interest while gaining commercial experience. Tailor your studies to suit your career goals and apply your skills practically through an industry work placement.

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to experience equine business behind the scene on this degree. Students gain experience at our regular international and national equine competitions and events, as well as our commercial equine therapy and rider performance centres on campus.

You’ll develop the knowledge you need to succeed in a commercial equine environment, covering core business subjects including finance, management, marketing and strategy. A range of exciting optional modules will enable you to apply this to the areas of the equine industry you’re most passionate about. You could focus on horse performance, understand the science behind equine nutrition or use the most advanced techniques and equipment to return them to full health through therapy.

As you advance through your course, further business-related modules will allow you to direct your studies towards the areas of industry that most interest you. You’ll have the chance to experience the planning and organisation behind successful event management, delve more deeply into the financial side of business through accounting or explore the equine sport and hospitality industry.

During your studies you’ll be able to study a semester of your degree at an overseas institution in the USA. You’ll also have the opportunity to complete an industry-recognised Institute of Leadership and Management award, giving you the skills and knowledge to manage a commercial team.

Industry opportunities

You’ll undertake a compulsory work placement in year two, allowing you to observe work in the industry and put what you’ve learned into practice. Students have recently completed placements at British Dressage, Hartpury’s own International Horse Trials event, as well at the BETA Trade Fair and Cirencester Park Polo Club. You could work in variety of roles including media and marketing, sales, or sponsorship and events. You could also get more extensive industry experience during an optional sandwich year placement.

This course is ideal for those who...

Want to develop their interests in both equine and business subjects, and progress into a commercial career.


This programme comprises of different modules, which focus on specific subjects. The modular structure of the programme gives you flexibility and choice and you can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before having to finally decide which ones you wish to study.

Learning and assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of written exams, practical exams and coursework. Many of the modules will be marked based on a mixture of assessment types, whilst others will be based solely on one type of assessment.

Graduate destinations

Career options are diverse. You could choose to set up your own business or work for an employer. Graduates have recently progressed into:

  • South West Regional Marketing Executive for the Jockey Club
  • New Business Development Merchandiser at Lindt
  • Development Assistant at British Equestrian Federation
  • Account Manager at RDW Exhibitions
  • Events Management at Grandstand Media
  • Nominations Executive at Tweenhills Stud
  • Account Executive at Henson Franklin

Is there a sandwich year option?

Three years full-time (four years with sandwich year)
How to apply for this course

Entry Requirements

GCSE | A minimum of 5 GCSE A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded), including English Language and Mathematics

A Level | Typical offer is BBC or equivalent. This must include a minimum of two A Levels (excluding General Studies)

Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects/grades | Typical offer is a DMM in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject

We welcome students with equivalent qualifications, including Access and the International Baccalaureate. Contact the admissions team to discuss.

We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications.

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

  • University Finance

    The cost of studying can quickly mount up and our finance team can offer confidential advice on budgeting, information on bursaries, loans and grants, and help you explore what you are entitled to. For information on everything student finance related, click below. 

    You can contact the office by email studentfinance@hartpury.ac.uk or by phone on 01452 702189 or 01452 702190.

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  • Tuition Fees

    Fees for September 2018 entry

    UK: £9,250
    EU fees: Will remain the same as UK students, £9,250
    International: £12,000
    Please contact us to discuss part-time fees 

    EU students starting this course in Sept 2018 will be eligible to apply for UK student loans for the duration of their course. 

  • University Accommodation

    Whether it is your first time away from home, or you’re a seasoned traveller, there are options to suit you and your lifestyle while studying at Hartpury. 

    You’ll be part of a vibrant and international community of students of all ages, and from many different cultures, who share their experience of life at university together on one campus.

    We have a variety of options to suit different tastes and budgets. Whether you choose to live on or off campus you’ll get the same high standards of facilities and support. You can check out your options by clicking below. 

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Thinking of postgraduate study at Hartpury?

Hartpury University Centre has an outstanding postgraduate employment history of 100% and is skilled at supporting students to progress both their interests and career aspirations. Offering postgraduate qualifications in Equine, Sport, Animal and Veterinary Physiotherapy, Hartpury provides a unique postgraduate experience.