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Honours and Integrated Masters Degrees

BSc (Hons) Equine Management (top-up)

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.

Top-up your existing qualifications to a full BSc degree. Explore the business and science behind successful horse management, applying what you learn in our industry-leading facilities. Focus on the topics that interest you. Graduate with the skills and knowledge you need for your career.

Learn on a campus full of commercial opportunities and outstanding facilities. Apply theory to practice on our equine yard, which has stabling for over 200 horses including our own loan horses for students to work with. You’ll also gain experience in our equine therapy and rider performance centres, as well as our animal science laboratories.

You’ll develop detailed understanding of the importance of equine health and welfare. You could choose to explore the anatomy and physiology of a horse, or focus on improving performance by studying the science behind a horse’s response to physical exercise. You could also discover the reasons behind behavioural traits or choose to better understand the practices involved in equine therapy.

An applied research project will allow you to explore a topic of your choice in detail. You’ll evaluate and better understand current industry practices, giving you work-ready skills and knowledge. Guest lecturers with industry and research experience will complement your learning.

Successful completion of this degree will prepare you to move into work within the equine industry or move onto postgraduate study.

Industry opportunities

You'll benefit from access to horses on our livery yard, as well as our commercial equine therapy and rider performance centres. We'll also encourage you to secure gain experience in industry through voluntary work while you're here. Where appropriate, industry and research-based guest speakers will contribute to your modules.

This course is ideal for those who...

Have a passion for the equine industry and want to build on their current qualifications and industry experience.


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 move into a range of professional equestrian careers. Graduates have recently progressed into:

  • Sponsorship Co-ordinator, Three Counties Showground
  • Equine Therapy Centre Manager
  • International Event Rider and Olympic medallist  
  • College lecturing roles
  • Postgraduate study
How to apply for this course

Entry Requirements

A pass in a Foundation Degree or National Diploma in Equine Science or an equine-related programme.

We welcome students with equivalent 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.