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About the course

The MSc in Equine Science at Aberystwyth is a long established, internationally recognised course and will provide you with research-led, high quality postgraduate teaching and education, allowing you to acquire the advanced subject knowledge and professional skills 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. You will encounter many opportunities to develop as a reflective, autonomous researcher, with a wide and expert understanding of both animal, in particular equine, biology and its applications.

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Entry Requirements

2:2 Bachelors (Honours) degree in a relevant subject area or equivalent. Non-graduates will be considered individually based on relevant work experience.

English Language Requirements IELTS 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent

Other Requirements Applicants are encouraged to submit an up-to-date CV as part of their application.

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Student Profiles

Maria Soroko

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

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'


'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'

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'

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'.

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'.

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'.

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'.

Kirsty McDougal

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.

Insang Yoo

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!

Ammar Alrawahi

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”

Maria Soroko

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.


We are delighted to offer eligible international (non UK/EU domiciled) applicants to undergraduate and postgraduate degree schemes an Inclusive Accommodation Offer. If you are accepted to study at Aberystwyth University, the normal tuition fees for the course will include your accommodation costs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2000 discount off university managed accommodation


All eligible full-fee paying international students beginning their studies on an undergraduate programme, or a postgraduate programme (including those on pre-University English language programmes leading to enrolment at the University) in the 2020/2021 academic year will automatically receive the inclusive accommodation offer.

Application Procedure

All you need to do is apply to study at Aberystwyth University by 1 August 2020 and be accepted onto the course. Full details of how the accommodation will be allocated will be published on our website soon.

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Recipients of Sports Scholarships are expected to contribute to a Students' Union Sports Club and would normally be expected to represent the University in the sport for which the Scholarship was awarded.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£500 p.a.


Sports Scholarships are intended for UK/EU applicants to the University who can demonstrate recent achievement of a high standard in sport, and a commitment to developing their sporting performance whilst at university. You can hold a Sports Scholarship for any full-time course at Aberystwyth.

Application Procedure

A Sports Scholarship application form must be submitted by 31st July in the year of entry to the University.

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Music Scholarships are awarded on the basis of competitive audition to new entrants in any discipline and held for the duration of the course.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£650 p.a.


Music Scholarships are intended for experienced players for orchestra/band instruments or singers (jointly with an instrument) who can actively contribute to the University’s orchestras, bands, choirs and other ensembles.

Application Procedure

The closing date for applications is 15th June in the year of entry to University.

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Aberystwyth University offers a Scholarship towards Taught Masters, LLM by research and MPhil tuition fees for Aberystwyth University graduates. The Aber-Grad Scholarship applies to both UK/EU and International students. If you hold a First Class Bachelors (Hons.) degree, then the scholarship will be 20% of your tuition fees. Holders of Second Class degrees are eligible for a scholarship worth 10% of your Taught Masters tuition fee.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% - 20% discount of Taught Masters tuition fee


Students must be graduates of Aberystwyth University having gained at least a 2:2 or above.

Application Procedure

Applications for relevant courses must be received by the publicised deadline. You do not need to apply separately for this loyalty discount as it is automatically applied to course fees on enrolment where eligible.

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Selection will be on the basis of academic excellence and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course. A minimum (UK) 1st Class Honours (or equivalent) is required for an award. Scholarships are available for entirely self-financed students (i.e. they cannot be held by students with full-awards, e.g. Chevening Scholarships, Commonwealth Shared Scholarship or any governmental award or any partial awards, including AU departmental awards, Aber-grad Scholarships nor HEI partnership discounts.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Up to 13 scholarships, each worth £5,000 towards tuition fees will be available for International (non-EU) students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2018. The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK 1st class honours degree or the equivalent award).

Application Procedure

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 27th July 2018. Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office (AQRO) by the closing date.

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Applications should be made directly to the charitable trust, via their website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £7,000


For students from Wales undertaking postgraduate study.

Application Procedure

The closing date for applications is the end of June preceding the start date of the course.

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Awarding body: Worshipful Company of Saddlers Mason’s Institute .

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The Mason's Bursary is normally open to all IBERS MSc courses. Applicants must have or expect to gain at least a 2:2 Honours degree (or equivalent) equating to a mark of 56.5% or above.

Application Procedure

Separate application forms will not be required. Standard course applications must be received by the Postgraduate Admissions Office before the deadline along with a letter stating your interest in being considered for the bursary.

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In partnership with the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign, Aberystwyth University is offering two scholarships to students in Malaysia and four scholarships to students in China applying for any of our postgraduate taught courses.

This scholarship scheme is part of the "GREAT Scholarships 2019 - East Asia" campaign, which has been launched by the British Council together with 28 UK universities to support more students in East Asia to get access to the excellent UK higher education opportunities. It offers an exciting opportunity for East Asian students wishing to gain financial support to pursue postgraduate study in the UK.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Applicants from China must submit an application for a taught Master's degree at Aberystwyth University by 30th March 2019. In addition, acceptance of an offer of an award, and payment of the £2,000 course deposit must be received within 2 weeks of being offered.

Applicants from Malaysia must submit an application for a taught Master's degree at Aberystwyth by 30th June 2019. In addition, acceptance of an offer of an award, and payment of the £2,000 course deposit must be received within 2 weeks of being offered.

Application Procedure

The Scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (Bachelor's degree with a minimum 2nd class upper division). Separate scholarship application forms are not required. Applicants should write 'I am applying for the GREAT Scholarship' on their postgraduate application form.

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Applicants for Chevening Scholarships must:

• be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country, and intend to return there at the end of the period of study;
• hold a degree that is equivalent to at least an upper second-class honours degree in the UK;
• achieve the minimum Chevening English language requirement;
• have completed at least two years’ work or equivalent experience before applying for a Chevening Scholarship;
• be able to obtain the correct visa, and receive an unconditional offer from a UK university.

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Chevening Scholarships are awarded to International students with excellent academic backgrounds who wish to pursue full-time postgraduate study in the UK. The scholarships are primarily for those who wish to undertake a Taught Masters degree.

Application Procedure

Chevening Scholarships are awarded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office - please see their website for further details.

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