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Honours and Integrated Masters Degrees

BSc (Hons) 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.

Study a range of equine science subjects and tailor your degree to suit you. Benefit from world-class facilities including an equine therapy centre, industry-standard science labs and horses on-site.

You’ll combine theory with practice on this applied science degree, hearing from industry experts in lectures and strengthening your learning through field trips. You’ll tailor your studies in your final years, with optional subjects covering biomechanics, nutrition, therapy, behaviour, disease and disorders, breeding and reproduction.

You’ll study how the horse’s body works, developing your expertise in exercise anatomy and physiology. You’ll examine the impact that exercise has on the horse, and how different activities affect this.

You’ll be able to choose from a diverse range of modules, specialising in one or two subjects or gaining a thorough grounding in many. You could study equine behaviour, looking at different training methods and natural horse behaviours. You could also develop your specialism in equine nutrition, therapy or sports medicine. On these modules you’ll study the performance horse, diagnosing and treating health conditions such as gastric ulcers and laminitis, as well as rehabilitating discipline specific injuries.

If you’re interested in breeding and neonatal medicine, you can also learn all about manipulating hormone cycles for thoroughbred and treating prevalent issues at time of labour as well as in the foals’ first few months. Whichever subjects you decide to study, you can be confident that you’ll graduate with specialist knowledge in your chosen subjects, ready for your career.

Industry opportunities

The optional sandwich year on this degree will give you the opportunity to gain valuable industry experience. Students have recently undertaken work placements at our Equine Therapy Centre, the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (University of Edinburgh) and pharmaceutical companies. You could also take part in our exchange programme, studying a semester of your degree at Delaware Valley University, USA. Field trips and guests in lectures are central, with recent trips including Lambourn Equine Vets and KWPN Stallion Grading, Holland. Recent visiting lecturers have included scientist David Marlin, and professionals from Saracen, Baileys and the Three Counties Equine Hospital.

This course is ideal for those who...

Want to investigate and understand the science behind all aspects of horses.


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 set up your own business or choose to work for an employer. Graduates have recently progressed onto:

  • British Horseracing Authority graduate scheme
  • Specialist Sales Manager at Horse and Country TV
  • Freelance Journalism
  • Various Nutritionist and Lab technician roles at market leading nutrition companies
  • Welfare and Research Officer at HorseTrust
  • Postgraduate study - MSc Equine Science, MRes Equestrian Performance

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 BBB or equivalent. This must include a minimum of two A Levels including one in a Biological Science and excludes 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.

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.