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Course summary

This Equine Science programme explores a range of science disciplines to provide an in-depth specialist understanding of the horse through study of the applied scientific principles and practice of horse management. This programme seeks to provide a stimulating and challenging experience for students wishing to gain scientific knowledge alongside valuable practical experience in order to promote the health, welfare and performance of the equine athlete. What will I study? Year 1:

  • Academic, Employment and Professional Skills
  • Equine Health and Husbandry
  • Equine Evolution and Domestication
  • Equine Anatomy & Physiology
  • Introduction to Research Skills
  • Scientific Principles and Laboratory Skills
  • Equine Nutrition
  • Cell Biology
Year 2:
  • Research Methods and Analysis
  • Equine Exercise Physiology
  • Equine Behaviour and Welfare
  • Cellular Processes and Biochemistry
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Equine Infectious Disease
  • Equine Reproductive Physiology
Year 3:
  • Dissertation
  • Equine Sport Injury and Diagnostic Techniques
  • Immunology
  • Applied Equine Biomechanics or Equine Clinical Nutrition
  • Molecular Biology
  • Contemporary Issues in Equestrianism.
Learning and Teaching Approach This programme is delivered with a variety of learning and teaching approaches, utilising excellent onsite resources and extensive industry links for applied aspects. For all modules, there are theory sessions aimed to deliver the core content and provide the underpinning knowledge. Lecture delivery is used to convey the basic concepts, and facilitate further expansion of such concepts by the students, through independent study. Delivery in this format is interspersed with activities such as group tasks, workshops and Q&A for re-affirming knowledge and comprehension. Contact Time Contact time includes approximately 13 hours a week to include lectures, seminars, practicals, workshops, blended learning and academic development seminars. Students are also expected to carry out a significant amount of independent study in addition to contact time (approximately 25-30 hours a week). Independent study includes reading around the subject, preparing for tutorials and seminars, preparing for, and completing, module assessments and revision for examinations; forming an essential part of a student’s learning journey. What else can I expect?
  • Additional facilities include Science Centre, IT suites, dedicated University Centre, study spaces and social areas, and modern Learning Resources Centre.
  • Online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) used to enhance and facilitate teaching and independent learning on all programmes.
  • Experienced, supportive and motivated staff with both academic and industrial experience.
  • Our experienced Life Coaches are on hand to help you through your University journey from mentoring and coaching to health, wellbeing and resilience. Learn more about how our Life Coaches can support you:
  • Talks from a range of visiting speakers.
  • Opportunities to attend trips to enhance learning.
  • Students have access to a range of support through our study skills, and health and wellbeing teams. Further information can be found on our website:
  • Relevant extra-curricular activity and/or work experience is encouraged of all students in order to enhance learning.
Career Opportunities Careers in laboratory settings, equine product development and sales, equine/animal nutritionists, some may become lecturers and researchers (may need relevant post-graduate qualification). Students can gain positions within the wide area of the application of equine science, as well as scientific roles within medical, food and general laboratory settings.


Equine health and husbandry Equine behaviour and welfare Equine nutrition Equine evolution and development Equine reproduction Immunology Molecular biology Applied equine biomechanics (elective) Dissertation

Assessment method

Assessment includes written assignments, practical demonstrations, portfolios, scientific reports, group or individual presentations and examinations. Opportunities for feedback on assessments are available prior to the final submission to support student development and achievement. Staff aim to return assessed work within a 15 working day timeframe (not including holidays) in order that students can most benefit from the feedback.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Students with an appropriate HNC can apply for direct entry to Year 2.

International applicants

University Centre Bishop Burton welcomes applicants from overseas. You will need to be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to apply for your student visa to the UK. You will need to pay your course fees in full prior to a CAS being sent to you. In order for us to process this and for us to comply with our duties as a Sponsor we are required to check other aspects of your application, for example your financial status. For more details please visit

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements


GCSE English at grade C/4 or above.

English language requirements

If first language is not English, or a Tier 4 student visa to study is required and GCSE grade C/4 English or equivalent is not held, English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill) will need evidencing.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Equine Science at University Centre Bishop Burton - UCAS