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Applied Equine Science


Our courses attract students from a variety of academic and practical backgrounds, both from the UK and overseas, who are interested in pursuing careers in all areas of the equine industry. Previous graduates are directors of equine businesses, whilst others are pursuing academic and research careers.  


The MSc may be studied full-time over 12 months or part-time over two or three years.

You will study eight modules in the autumn and spring terms. The Research Project is then carried out to be submitted the following April. It will be presented as a thesis or a research paper within one year of completion of the taught element.

You are expected to produce a Research Project that is of a standard suitable to be published in an academic journal or scientific conference proceedings. Previous graduates have published papers in the Equine Veterinary Journal, Animal Science, and the Proceedings of the European Workshop for Equine Nutrition, and delivered papers at the British Society of Animal Science, the European Workshop for Equine Nutrition, and the Equine Health and Nutrition Congress. 

If you do not wish to undertake the Research Project you may choose to take a Postgraduate Diploma following successful completion of eight modules (120 credits) or a Postgraduate Certificate following completion of four modules (60 credits). If you wish to undertake part-time study you should contact the course manager to discuss appropriate study arrangements.

You will learn through lectures, tutorials, seminars, laboratory practicals, and industry-based presentations and visits. Small teaching groups enable a vibrant and creative learning environment with plenty of scope for in-depth discussion. Although significant amounts of private study are required, you will receive approximately 40-50% staff contact time during the week.

Modules are assessed through literature reviews, laboratory reports, presentations and written examinations. 

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