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BSc (Hons) Equine Science with Therapy

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Explore the fundamentals of health and rehabilitation on this applied equine science degree.  Learn in our specialist labs. Gain experience in our commercial Equine Therapy Centre and undertake a supported work placement in industry as part of your degree.

Central to this course is equine health and rehabilitation, including the impact that diseases and disorders have on the horse’s rehabilitation. You’ll explore a range of diagnostic techniques, including x-rays, ultrasound and laser technology, to identify different health issues and conditions. Exercise anatomy and physiology are also integral subjects, as you examine how the horse’s body works and evaluate the impact of exercise, exploring differences in, for example, sprint and endurance activities. You’ll also develop your expertise in biomechanical and behavioural aspects that impact on overall function and performance - at both grassroots and competition level.

To help prepare you for graduate employment, you’ll gain experience in our commercial equine therapy centre, equipped with its own water treadmill to rehabilitate horses and prepare them for competition. This will be especially prevalent if you choose to pursue the specialist hydrotherapy module in your final year – you’ll apply theory to practice with real horses undergoing therapy treatment. You’ll also have the opportunity to go off-site to experience various training and rehabilitation centres across the county.

You’ll apply theory to practice, hearing from guests in lectures and undertaking a work placement in an equine therapy centre to prepare yourself for employment. You won’t be qualified to be a therapist at the end of this degree, but you will have expert knowledge and experience in equine rehabilitation, ready for an exciting career.

Industry opportunities

A work placement in your final year and an optional sandwich year on this degree means you can gain valuable experience in industry, either in the UK or internationally. Students have recently undertaken work placements at our Equine Therapy Centre,  as well as at rehabilitation facilities that specialise in the retraining of racehorses, veterinary care centres and re-homing centres including the Blue Cross.

This course is ideal for those who...

Are passionate about equine health and rehabilitation, and want to further develop their scientific expertise in this area.


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:

  • Equine therapy centre management
  • Rehabilitation and re-training on competition and racing yards
  • Postgraduate study – McTimoney practitioner

Is there an integrated placement year option?

Three years full-time (four years with integrated placement year)
How to apply for this course

Course Duration

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

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 and Mathematics. 

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.

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.

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