Bsc Hons Equine Science

Equine Science

BSc (Hons) level 6 entry

Extend your foundation degree or HND to a full BSc (Hons) degree. You will join the final year of the BSc (Hons) Equine Science programme, building on your previous knowledge. This makes the course ideal for applicants who are considering an equine career in a scientific context, including postgraduate study, research, and teaching.

Your research project will allow you to explore a topic of your choice in detail with support from your supervisor. You'll evaluate and better understand current equine research, applying this to industry led enquiries, giving you work-ready skills and knowledge.

Key Information

Course Duration: 1 year full-time; part-time available
UC UCAS Code: D836
Part or Full Time: Full Time / Part Time
Level of Study: Undergraduate Degrees
Typical Offer: D836

Course information

Guest lecturers with industry and research experience will complement your learning, and provide you with networking opportunities in areas you’re interested in. You'll have the opportunity to be involved in on-site research projects or gain an insight into the commercial areas on campus, such as at the Equine Therapy Centre.

A pass at Foundation Degree or HND in an equine science related subject.

We welcome students with equivalent qualifications. Please contact us to discuss.

We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications to ensure this is the right course for you.

Previous learning towards a university-level qualification or relevant work experience may count as credit for this course.

Please contact us for further information.

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Your career

Throughout this course you will benefit from industry input to develop the skills and connections needed for your graduate career.

Many of our students secure graduate roles with their work placement employers.

Field trips and guest lecturers

Field trips and industry professionals in lectures form an important part of your learning, enabling you to experience different businesses, careers and best practices.

Depending on your module choices, you may have the opportunity to join field trips. Previous trips have included visits to veterinary practices, and to Kingwood Stud to see the Kurt system in action.

Graduate destinations

On completion of your course, you'll have the skills and knowledge to succeed within and outside of the equine industry. Just to give you some inspiration, examples of graduate careers include:

  • Equine Therapy Centre Manager
  • School teachers, further education lecturing roles, and university lecturing roles
  • Nutritionist
  • Postgraduate study in Equine Science and Equestrian Performance
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Your support network

You'll benefit from a strong support network from day one to be the best you can be. This will range from your personal tutor and specialist academic support team (our Achievement and Success Centre) to dedicated wellbeing and employability (Innovation, Careers and Enterprise) centres.

Academic support

You’ll have your own personal tutor while you’re here who will support you to succeed in your studies. You’ll also have access to our academic and wellbeing support teams who run regular workshops and one-to-one sessions on campus and online.

Alongside this, we have a comprehensive bank of online study skills resources to help you make the most of your qualification.

Your learning experiences

You'll experience a range of teaching methods to strengthen your digestion of topics, including lectures, workshops and practical sessions.

Your career

Your course will be made up of two semesters, within which you’ll study compulsory and optional modules on different industry-focused topics, enabling you to develop your own unique portfolio of knowledge, skills and experience, ready for your career. The course is taught in English.


What you'll study

This course is comprised of both compulsory and optional modules, which you'll be able to choose from to suit your interests and career goals. You can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before deciding which ones to study.

Depending on your completed qualifications, you will take either Undergraduate Dissertation or the combination of Investigative Skills for the Successful Undergraduate and Applied Research Project to complete a research project in a subject of your choice.

Module credits

You'll experience a range of teaching methods to strengthen your digestion of topics, including lectures, workshops and practical sessions.

Compulsory Modules

Developments in Equine Research

Investigate advances in equine research and its application to the equine industry.

EITHER Undergraduate Dissertation OR Investigative Skills for the Successful Undergraduate and Applied Research Project

Undergraduate Dissertation

This module involves independent research and analysis in an animal-related field with one to one support from an academic.

Investigative Skills for the Successful Undergraduate

This module will help you to meet the academic expectations for this final year and also support you in preparing for your applied research project. You'll gain confidence in research design, data analysis and critical writing.

Applied Research Project

You'll undertake an independent research project and supply a detailed analysis of the findings with one-to-one support from an academic supervisor.

Optional Modules

Equine Sports Medicine

Review and evaluate equine sports injuries and exercise intolerance and associated treatment options.

Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation

This module appraises current research and practice in complementary therapy and rehabilitation for equine orthopaedic conditions.

Applied Equine Biomechanics

The Applied Equine Biomechanics module utilises the University’s Rider Performance Centre and biomechanical analysis resources to support students in applying and implementing biomechanical
principles and theoretical concepts to practical research and industry scenarios.

Equine Nutrition for Performance

Evolution of feeding strategies to support athletic performance in the horse, whilst maintaining good health.
Pharmacology covers the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of common drug classes used in veterinary species. The module also examines topics such as resistance and residues, as well as controlled drug prescription, storage and disposal requirements.
Undergraduate Independent Study

Undergraduate Independent Study

A change to critically review an approved topic of your choice linked to the programme aims.

The modules contain a mixture of scheduled learning – lectures, workshops and practical sessions – alongside independent learning. You'll be expected to dedicate at least two to three hours of independent study per contact hour.

The course is taught in English.

Year Contact learning Independent learning Placement learning
Level six 22% 78% 0%

You'll be assessed through a mixture of written exams, practical exams and written assignments. Many modules are based on one type of assessment, whereas others may include a mixture of assessment types.

Feedback will be given on all assessments in written format. You'll be able to access feedback for presentations and coursework in written format on our virtual learning environment. You can also access feedback on written examinations in group or individual tutorials with the module leader. Remember that feedback on assessments is not the only feedback you receive. Feedback is an ongoing process when you engage in lectures, seminars and practicals, and on formative work you may be asked to complete.

Year Written exam Practical exam Coursework
Level six 25% 31% 44%

This programme is taught over two semesters, normally consisting of 12 weeks of scheduled teaching and then assessment weeks, with an overview below:

  • Scheduled teaching takes place between 8:30 to 20:30, Monday to Friday
  • Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities
  • Part-time students may need to attend learning activities five days each week, depending on modules selected
  • Timetables are available during enrolment week
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Please visit our student finance page for information on tuition fees and student loans, as well as non-repayable grants, bursaries and scholarships, eligible to different groups, to support with study costs.​

Below, you'll find ​extra costs associat​ed with studying this course.

Optional field trips (up to circa £50)

Most field trips are included in the course fees, but depending on module choices, there may be additional opportunities. You may be eligible to apply for funding in the form of a loan or grant from the university if required.

Accommodation and living costs

Please visit our student accommodation page for details.

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“Being at Hartpury gives me a lot of flexibility to combine my riding and get the support I need with my degree. The Achievement and Success Centre, in particular, has given me a lot of help. It’s meant I’ve done well academically. Getting a degree has been really rewarding.”
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High-performance equine environment

We have an international reputation for equine education. Our students are challenged to reach new heights in their fields.

If you’re passionate, hard-working and motivated to make a difference, we’ll give you the skills and connections to channel this energy into an exciting equine career. Whatever your career aspirations, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to gain experience on and off campus.

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Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are reviewed and developed regularly. Changes or cancellation of courses may be necessary to ensure alignment with emerging employment areas, to comply with accrediting body requirements, revisions to subject benchmark statements or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make necessary changes and will notify all offer-holders of changes as and when they occur.