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Equine Science - MSc

Course Description

About the course

The Masters Degree in Equine Science at Aberystwyth is a long established, internationally recognised course and will provide you with a research-led, high quality postgraduate teaching and education, allowing you to acquire the advanced subject knowledge and professional skills required to enter the top careers in the equine industry and related professions. Throughout this course, you will be able to use a multidisciplinary approach to explore collaborations with veterinarians, scientists and industrial partners, and you will learn about the latest scientific advances and their application to horses. Through a strong emphasis on student centred study you will encounter many opportunities to develop your skills in original thought, analysis, interpretation and reasoning; as well as encouraging you, where appropriate, to pursue your own specific areas of interest. As such you will develop into a reflective, autonomous researcher. On graduation you will have a wide and expert understanding of animal, in particular equine, biology and its applications.

Why study Equine Science at Aberystwyth University?

The Institute of Biological, Rural and Environmental Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University is the longest-established provider of equine related higher education in the UK. Our MSc in Equine Science was established in 1978.

IBERS has an internationally renowned reputation for teaching and research in equine science.

With 360 members of staff, 1350 undergraduate students and more than 150 postgraduate students IBERS is the largest Institute within Aberystwyth University. Our excellence in teaching was recognised by outstanding scores in the National Student Satisfaction Survey (2016), with three courses recording 100% student satisfaction and a further 10 scoring above the national average. The latest employability data shows that 92% of IBERS graduates were in work or further study six months after leaving Aberystwyth University. Our joint submission with Bangor University to the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) displayed that 78% of our research as world-leading or internationally excellent, and 97% of our research is internationally recognised with 76% judged as world-leading in terms of research impact.

Opportunity to attend conferences with lectures from international animal science experts

Undertake a challenging course taught by enthusiastic, helpful and research-active staff, and further enhanced by contributions from equine experts and academics, many of whom are of international renown

IBERS has an equine teaching yard and the only dedicated and fully licensed equine research yard in UK outside of veterinary colleges

Course structure and content

This course can be studied one year full-time or up to 24 months part-time. When studied full-time, the course is divided into three semesters. During the first two semesters, students complete 120 taught credits (six 20 credit modules), which are delivered primarily through lectures, practicals, workshops and seminars.

During the final semester (June to September), you will complete your master’s dissertation and will arrange your level of contact with your assigned dissertation supervisor.

Core modules:

Equine Nutrition
Equine Reproductive Physiology and Breeding Technology
Animal Breding and genetics
Infection and Immunity
Understanding Equine Action: from Anatomy to Behaviour
Research Methods in the Biosciences


Assessment is via a mix of written assignments (case studies, essays, research projects, critical reviews and abstracts), written examinations, seminar presentations, online assignments and scientific posters. Successful submission of the dissertation in the final semester leads to the award of an MSc.


This course will empower you to:

Develop an in-depth knowledge of the key contemporary topics affecting the Equine Sciences
Enhance your problem-solving and data handling skills
Develop study and research skills
Develop and sustain a self-initiated programme of study
Develop your skills of original thought, analysis, evaluation, interpretation and reasoning
Enhance your communication skills
Work effectively independently and as part of a team


This course will prepare you for a wide range of careers within the equine industry.

Our graduates often progress to careers in:

Scientific research and development
Public and private commercial enterprise
Scientific publishing
Equine/ animal nutrition
Equine/ animal welfare
Teaching and training
Equine/ animal breeding
Consultancy and advisory work
Laboratory work
Government agencies and non-government organisations
All throughout the world.
Many of our previous graduates have also progressed to PhDs or veterinary medicine.

Visit the Equine Science - MSc page on the Aberystwyth University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Maria Soroko

'I recommend the MSc course to anyone who wants to work with horses in their future career'.

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Tina Blackmore

'I thoroughly enjoyed my MSc, although it was challenging, it was also great fun and very diverse in its content whilst still covering the current scientific equine issues'

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'The course over all was very beneficial to me as an equine vet. It helped my understanding of the scientific interpretation of clinical cases which I have encountered during my clinical practice and it broadened my knowledge'

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Amelia Charbonneau

'Completing this course has undoubtedly led to my rapid employment and I believe that choosing Aberystwyth is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I formed lifelong friendships during the course and would recommend it to anyone with an interest in horses and science'

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Sam Westgate

'The lectures were stimulating and interesting, the broad range of practicals was fascinating and the guest lectures at Gregynog Hall were a great place to meet future employers...I would highly recommend the Equine MSc at Aberystwyth to any equine enthusiast who is looking to further their scientific career'.

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Sian Price

'The Masters course was thoroughly enjoyable and interesting, with sufficient flexibility to allow students to focus their interests. The course helped me to develop skills which have assisted me in my current position as PhD student, studying cell culture techniques as models for uterine infections in women and cattle at the Royal Vet School and Swansea University'.

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Anna Sylvester

'The MSc course was well taught by subject specialists and incorporated a range of modules including, Equine Nutrition, Veterinary Science and Genetics, which opened up many potential career opportunities'.

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Anna Babin

'The best part about the MSc Equine Science at Aberystwyth was having the opportunity to challenge the conventional wisdom about many common equine practices in an environment where research and learning are encouraged with an open mind and a lively spirit'.

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Kirsty McDougal

5307.jpg BHSAI, INTSM, HE Equine Science lecturer. HND and Foundation Degree Course Manager, Equine Practical Co-ordinator, now studying for PhD Aberystwyth University.

I chose the MSc at Aberystwyth as after my undergraduate course I felt that it would give me a competitive edge when looking for employment later on. I also felt that it would be a good opportunity to further my research skills and experience.

The course itself was a fantastic experience that not only helped me develop professional skills but also make contacts which have been invaluable. The staff at Aberystwyth provided enthusiasm and a wealth of experience which made it a reallyenjoyable year. The qualification, combined with BHS qualifications, without doubt helped me to secure my previous role as senior lecturer to HE students on a variety of subjects ranging from first year anatomy and physiology to final year managing equine health. I am now studying for my PhD at Aberystwyth University.

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Insang Yoo

5310.jpg Manager and Inspector for the Korean Racing Authority

My home is Korea and so it was hard for me to find information on Equine courses, I compared courses in Britain with those in the US. I found the information about British courses through the web page of British Council in Korea. After I found that there were a few universities specialising in Equine across the UK, I started investigating which institute is best for me. I looked at things such as modules, location, tuition fee, accommodation properties etc. I concluded that Aberystwyth is the best place to study Equine Science, Aberystwyth town has a high percentage of students so I thought the town would be quite suitable for students, also the modules on the course were quite tempting especially equine behaviour and reproduction.

I really enjoyed being in Aberystwyth, I loved the fact that I could go to the beach whenever I felt stuck during study, and even walk up Constitution hill, which was really refreshing and gave me strength to start my work again. I found the people in Aberystwyth to be very kind to foreigners and having Chinese/Japanese restaurants helped me, though there was no Korean restaurant yet.

I am now back in Korea working for the Korean Racing Authority (KRA) where I approve farmers to enter KRA training centre at Jangsoo to cover their mares by KRA stallions. I inspect the stud farms which have the broodmares covered by KRA stallions during breeding season. I translate the latest news, magazines, books from abroad to let the trainers know how to break the horses with the up-to-date methods. I introduce institutes related to equine science and also horse industry in UK to KRA and also to other trainers and horsemen. I support the yearling sales in the KRA training centre at Jangsu.

If I have any chance to get back to study in foreign country, I definitely would go back to UK, especially Aberystwyth University as it's just perfect place to be a student!

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Ammar Alrawahi

5313.jpg Director of the Equestrian Logistic Service, Oman Royal Cavalry

’You will be proud of yourself’.
A statement said by the coordinator MSc in Equine Science, Dr. Morel, which targeted all my power to rise to the real challenge posed by the course as I had a long gap from studies after my BSc (1999/2004). I still remember the MSc of Equine Science as a world cup of flat race, but it was for a whole year instead of two to three minutes. That kept me holding my breath until the last second when we got the final grades.

However, I managed to excel at the end and I have been extremely proud of myself. I joined the MSc of Equine Science in 2013/2014 and used my dissertation as an opportunity to investigate beetroot to be as fiber source in the horse diet .Throughout the course, I have learned and developed many scientific skills especially in Equine Nutrition. Nowadays, I count my MSc as my knowledge backbone, which requires being active to be fit and build more muscles (targeted knowledge). I work now with Oman Royal Cavalry as Director of the Equestrian Logistic Service and I am responsible for more than a thousand horses, in most equestrian disciplines: including flat race, endurance, beauty and breeding stud.

Therefore, I can strongly say that “ I am proud of myself”

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Maria Soroko

5316.jpg Equine thermography research scientist, author and owner of company “Equine Massage - Maria Soroko”

My interest in equine research started during my Equine Masters degree studies at Aberystwyth University 7 years ago. This course helped me in my further career working with horses. My Masters dissertation indicated my interest in the application of thermography in sport and racehorses and also in their rehabilitation. After MSc studies I achieved qualifications as an Equine Body Worker in sport massage and in remedial therapy. My skills and experience in equine physiotherapy were obtained both in Europe and Australia.

To help further improve my research knowledge I completed PhD studies within the Department of Horse Breeding and Equestrian Studies of Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences. My PhD research concerned the effect of long-term training on racehorses’ body surface temperature changes.

After completing my studies I started to run my own business “Equine Massage - Maria Soroko”, offering equine rehabilitation and thermography services, cooperating with veterinarians, horse breeders and trainers. I also run professional courses and workshops associated with horse rehabilitation and the application of thermography in veterinary and sports medicine.

I also conduct research on the application of thermography in sport and racing horses, authoring numerous original publications and overview papers. I’m also the author of the book entitled “Equine thermography in practice”, which describes the practical application of thermography in equine veterinary medicine and rehabilitation.

I recommend the MSc course to anyone who wants to work with horses in their future career.


International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree or the equivalent award, either already achieved or predicted by the candidate’s awarding university).In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 31st August 2015.Up to 72 scholarships worth £2500 towards tuition fees for full-time non-EU students on taught Masters courses are available for students who commence their studies in September 2015 on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Up to 72 scholarships, each worth £2,500 towards tuition fees will be available for non-UK/EU students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2015.

Application Procedure

Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st August 2015 at the very latest. Selection will be on the basis of academic excellence and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course. A minimum (UK) 2.i Honours (or equivalent) is required for an award. Information on the comparability of non-UK degrees is available at http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply/before-you-apply/comparability/.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Good Undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) (or above) equating to a mark of 56.5 or above in a related subject. Those who are not graduates must satisfy the University that they are of the required academic standard to pursue postgraduate study. Please see the website for further details View Website

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