UCAS code:

Course type:
Honours and Integrated Masters Degrees

BSc (Hons) Equestrian Sports 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.

Understand the science that underpins successful horse and rider partnerships. Put your skills into practice in world-class commercial facilities on campus. Tailor your studies to suit your career goals.

You’ll study the principles of sports science on this degree, applying them to equestrian sport. Using real-life case studies you’ll develop your understanding of both the horse and rider as athletes, from grassroots to elite level.

Focusing on performance, you’ll explore training techniques and consider how external influences like coaching or injury could affect success. You’ll apply what you learn to real-world scenarios using our on-site commercial facilities, including a dedicated rider performance centre, equine therapy centre and human performance laboratory.

In your first year you’ll study how the bodies of both the horse and rider function, developing your expertise in human and equine anatomy and biomechanics. You’ll also explore how to enhance performance, looking at psychology, as well as the benefits of fitness training and conditioning.

As you progress you’ll have the option to tailor your study based on the direction you want to focus your career. Choose from a diverse range of modules, building on the knowledge gained in year one. You could look at how important correct equine nutrition is, or further explore the techniques behind returning horses to full fitness through therapy.

If your interests lie with the rider, you could look into the significance of fitness training and testing, or understand the science behind behaviour and the mind, assessing how this affects performance. You may also choose to take a sports science-focused route, looking at nutrition or therapy, for example. 

Industry opportunities

The optional sandwich year on this degree will give you the opportunity to gain valuable industry experience. You could also take part in our exchange programme, studying a semester of your degree in the USA.

This course is ideal for those who...

Are interested in learning about both the horse and rider, and how they interact to improve performance.


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

As an equine graduate you may go on to work as an equine scientist, manager or rehabilitation therapist. You could also work in racecourses, event management, teaching or biomechanics. Recent graduate destinations have included:

  • British Horseracing Authority Graduate Scheme, and then into career in racing
  • Equine Lecturer at Hadlow College
  • Marketing Assistant at British Dressage
  • Sales at KBIS British Equestrian Insurance
  • Postgraduate Education
  • Logistics at Hawkeye Ltd.

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) or equivalent, to include English Language, Mathematics and a Science. 

A Level | Typical offer is BBC or equivalent. This must  include a minimum of two A Levels including one in a Biological Science.

Vocational award | 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.

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.

    find out more
  • 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. 

    Find out more

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.