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The MSc Equine Science develops a systematic understanding and a critical awareness of current issues at the forefront of equine science. Enhancing the student’s understanding of techniques applicable to research and scholarship in equine science, the course encourages the original application of knowledge to address complex issues.

This MSc Equine Science, awarded by the University of Central Lancashire, recognises the multidiscipline approach of the subjects. The course aims to extend the student’s existing expertise to the full range of skills and knowledge required to inform and lead industry developments. The MSc will encourage debate and critical evaluation of industry practices and research within this field. The course will enable students to reflect on current issues and develop problem solving skills which encourage originality of thought.

Year 1 (Note all modules will be taught in Year 1 on the full time option)
Equestrian Sport, Culture and Society
Application of social science theories and concepts to evaluate the role of the horse in modern sport, culture and society.

Current Issues and Innovation in the Equine Industry
A quest for solutions for complex issues currently impacting on the horse and the equine industry, incorporating consideration of cross-discipline techniques and approaches.

Comparative Exercise Physiology
To systematically review the latest research findings and methodologies in application to athletic animals, including humans.

Year 2
Applied Techniques for Sustaining the Equine Resource
Development of analysis protocols for the recognition of threats to the equine and exploration of feasible preventative and prophylactic approaches to minimise risk.

Equitation Science
Development of a critical awareness of the latest advances in techniques, research and scholarship relating to the scientific study of the horse: rider dyad.

Research Methodology and Design
This module provides students with the essential personal, organisational, management, theoretical and statistical skills needed to work at Postgraduate Level. It will explore research philosophies, research process and design and the process of questionnaire development and design. The module will develop skills in advanced data organisation, presentation, dissemination and problem solving.

Year 3
Masters Dissertation
The dissertation is a triple module and allows students to design and conduct a substantial piece of independent, supervised research in the field of equine science. The dissertation is an independent piece of academic work which allows the student to identify and work in an area of interest to them and manage the research process to agreed deadlines.

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