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Postgraduate Certificate Equine Behaviour and Welfare

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.

One year full-time

The Postgraduate Certificate in Equine Behaviour and Welfare provides you with the opportunity to develop and further explore a range of applied subjects within the field of equestrian science, with a specific focus on optimising the welfare of the horse through the employment of appropriate management strategies within the routine care of equestrian athletes.

The programme is founded around the core module of Equine Behaviour and Welfare. The applied content of this module enables you to appreciate and evaluate the interactions between the horse, the human and the management systems imposed on the equine athlete. This module aims to increase your knowledge of equine behavioural science and develop an appreciation of how scientific investigations into equine behaviour can enhance health and performance within the domestic horse.

Optional modules also enable you to tailor your study to your areas of interest. In the past, these have included Rider Performance, Applied Equine Exercise Physiology, Equine Therapy, Rehabilitation and Postgraduate Independent Study and Investigating Equestrian Research.

This Postgraduate Certificate can be completed in one year and, on successful completion, graduates have the opportunity to progress to the PG Diploma Equine Science and then on to MSc Equine Science, or directly on to the MSc Equine Science. The PG Certificate therefore acts as an ideal transition to postgraduate study for those who may not be in a position to move straight on to a full Masters programme.

The taught modules within the equine postgraduate provision are delivered via weekend study blocks to help you fit study alongside your career and/or personal commitments.

How to apply for this course

Course Duration

1 Year
1 Year course
Course type:
Part Time
Part-time study options available

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have at least a lower second class (2:2) honours degree in a relevant subject. Students with non-relevant qualifications but with work experience or professional experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Why study Equine at Hartpury University?

Challenge yourself to reach new heights in your field alongside internationally-known equine scientists, coaches and competitors. Be inspired in world-class facilities. Our strong reputation in industry means our graduates move into exciting equine careers. We're among the biggest equine education centres in the world.

Whether you want to progress into equine science, therapy, behaviour or business, you'll find unrivalled opportunities at Hartpury, year on year. Find your perfect degree.

How to apply

Apply online

If you want to apply for postgraduate study at Hartpury, you will need to complete the online postgraduate application form.

The selection process is very similar to undergraduate study; however, we do interview all potential Masters Degree students.

Thinking of doing your PhD at Hartpury University?

If you are interested in undertaking a supervised PhD at Hartpury, please contact the Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) on +44 (0)1452 702244 to discuss your application further.

Before your start

During the summer before you start at Hartpury, we will send you details about your joining instructions, which includes information about induction and enrolment. You can find out more on our Coming to Hartpury page.

Similar Courses

Did you know you could combine undergraduate and postgraduate level study?

Hartpury offers a range of Integrated Masters programmes in Sport, Equine and Animal. The first two years parallel the associated undergraduate degree. On successful completion of your second year and with the achievement of a minimum mark average, you will then progress on to a third year where you will study a careful arrangement of third year and postgraduate modules before embarking on a final year of Masters level study. In the final year, you will carry out a research project to explore your own area of specific interest and extend your specialist knowledge and critical thinking.

To find all of our MSci degree courses, just search under honours degrees in the course search.