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MSc Equine Science

Course Description

The Equine Science Masters Degree at Aberystwyth is a long established internationally recognised course and will provide you with the advanced subject knowledge and professional skills to enter the top careers in the equine industry and related professions.

All subjects studied are equine specific and include: Immunology, Parasitology and Bacteriology; Reproductive Physiology and Stud Management; Nutrition; Anatomy and Evolution; Endocrinology, Growth and Development; Genetics; Behaviour and Welfare; Veterinary Science. A strong emphasis is placed on student centred study in order to develop your skills of original thought, analysis, interpretation and reasoning; as well as encouraging you, where appropriate, to pursue specific areas of interest.

Why study the Equine Science Masters course?

- Flexibility Based upon the longest established Equine MSc course in the UK - established in the 1970s
- A challenging course taught by enthusiastic, helpful and research-active staff, and further enhanced by contributions from expert equine practitioners and academics, many of whom are of international renown
- Both full-time (1 year) and part-time (2 year) routes available
- Some funding and bursaries available
- Optional European tour and equine conferences with lectures from international experts
- Proven gateway to careers in research and lecturing, 97% employment record

Please download the Masters in Equine Science Candidate Guide for more information on this course (http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/media/departmental/postgrad/16132-MSc-Equine-Candidates-Guide-Jan-2012.pdf ) .

See the website http://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/equine-science-masters/

Suitable for

This degree will suit you:

- If you wish to study a research-led MSc specialising in the science of the horse.
- If you want to have the choice of a wide range of career opportunities within the worldwide equine industry.
- If you want to use a multidisciplinary approach to explore collaborations with veterinarians, scientists and industrial partners.
- If you want to learn about the latest scientific advances and their application to horses


As the longest provider of equine-related higher education courses in UK with over 30 years of experience we have a long-standing, well respected reputation for high quality teaching in the field of equine science. The Institute also has an internationally renowned reputation for research in the fields of Equine and Animal Sciences. Recently the Institute was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, and in 2013, for the sixth year running, was among the top 10 universities in the UK in the Student Satisfaction Survey. This puts IBERS in a unique position to provide you with the research-led, high quality post graduate training needed to produce post graduates with the competence to pursue leading careers in a wide range of Equine Science related fields throughout the world.

Core modules

- Infection And Immunity BRM1620
- Equine Nutrition BRM5300
- Research Methodology And Advances In Biosciences BRM5500
- Animal Breeding And Genetics BRM5820
- Equine Reproductive Physiology And Breeding Technology BRM5220
- Equine Nutrition BRM5320
- Research Methodology And Advances In Biosciences BRM5520
- Understanding Equine Action: From Anatomy To Behaviour BRM6220
- Dissertation BRM3560

Key Skills and Competencies:

- Study Skills:

You will develop an in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the key contemporary topics affecting the Equine Sciences. You will master the research process and contribute to the knowledge base of the subject through your dissertation. Throughout this you will encounter many opportunities to develop as a reflective, autonomous researcher, with a wide and expert understanding of the impact that technologies can have.

- Self-Motivation and discipline:

Studying at MSc level requires discipline and self-motivation. Though you will have access to the expertise and helpful guidance of experienced IBERS staff, you are ultimately responsible for devising and completing a sustained programme of scholarly research in pursuit of your Master’s degree. This process will strengthen your skills as a self-sufficient worker, a trait prized by all employers.

- Transferable Skills:

The MSc programme is designed to give you a range of transferable skills that you can apply in a variety of employment contexts. The course is made up of a number of taught modules plus guided independent student centred study. This provides you with a framework which allows you to develop your subject knowledge, through pursuing specific areas of interest and develop your skills of original thought, analysis, interpretation and reasoning. Regular assessment through reports, essays, seminar presentations, précis and case studies will prepare you for the many demands of the modern workplace.


Every course at Aberystwyth University is designed to enhance your vocational and general employability. The MSc in Equine Science has been designed to meet the increasing demand for suitably qualified personal to work in scientific research, development, lecturing, training and education, public and private commercial enterprise, consultancy and advisory work, government agencies, as well as non-government organizations throughout the world.

Find out how to apply here https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply/

Visit the MSc Equine Science 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'

(Student Profile)

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'.

(Student Profile)

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'.


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.

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