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The MSc Equitation Science is the first and currently only dedicated full taught masters In Equitation Science. Read more

Course Description

The MSc Equitation Science is the first and currently only dedicated full taught masters In Equitation Science. The ethos that underlines this MSc is to provide you with the knowledge and skills to be able to promote and encourage the application of objective research and advanced practice which will ultimately improve the welfare of horses in their associations with humans.
The MSc Equitation Science is a higher-level qualification that will allow those with a good knowledge of equine science to further develop and focus their skills and to advance their knowledge of the practice and science underpinning equitation. All of the modules on the course are continuously updated to incorporate recent research findings and will allow you to examine and evaluate current thinking and give you the opportunity to study a subject that truly inspires and engages you.
After successfully completing the taught modules you will undertake a final three-month research project of your choice culminating in the submission of a dissertation. This will allow you to study a specific aspect of equitation practice in detail and depth. Throughout the programme you will advance and expand your skills in a supportive and personal environment.

Programme structure and modules

• Contemporary Issues in Equitation Science (20 credits)
• Ethical and Sustainable Equitation (20 credits)
• Horse-Human Interaction (20 credits)
• Technological Developments and Applications in Equitation Science (20 credits)
• Equine Nutrition and Management (20 credits)
• Postgraduate Research Skills & Methods (20 credits)
• Research Project (Dissertation) (60 credits)

Career opportunities

On completion of this taught MSc you will be prepared for employment in a range of industries, including research establishments, equine facilities and within the wider industry such as feed companies, pharmaceuticals and consultancy firms, equine businesses, government and animal welfare organisations and charities.

Visit the Duchy College web site for more details.

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The Research Masters (ResM) is a Masters level degree awarded by Plymouth University through the Duchy College node - a research node of Plymouth University’s Centre for Agriculture and Rural Sustainability (CARS). Read more
The Research Masters (ResM) is a Masters level degree awarded by Plymouth University through the Duchy College node - a research node of Plymouth University’s Centre for Agriculture and Rural Sustainability (CARS).

All ResM students are supervised by college staff based in Cornwall on the Stoke Climsland or Newquay campuses and co-supervised by Plymouth University staff. The ResM culminates in the examination of a thesis based on a period of extended research, preceded by two taught modules that equip the student for research.

The ResM programme at Duchy is tailored to individual needs and commonly involves working with an industry partner. There are full-time and part-time routes.

Full and partial fees bursaries may be available, please contact Dr Peter McGregor for more information and eligibility criteria.

Indicative project titles for Agriculture & Food:
• Agricultural change and its social, economic and environmental implications
• Farm family wellbeing
• Succession and retirement in farming
• Impact of organic farming on the rural economy
• Sustainable farming and food
• The food and farming economy of Devon and Cornwall

Proposed project titles:
• Generating virus free tulips: A collaborative project with the Botanic Garden Cambridge. You will be based in the nationally renowned micro-propagation laboratory at Duchy College Rosewarne (moving to Eden Project by Sept 2016) and undertake a series of experiments to generate virus free tissue and help preserve a rare and valuable tulip accession of the Botanic Garden Cambridge. Techniques will include tissue culture and molecular viral detection.

Student case study: “Study is flexible and fits in alongside my employment plus the tutors are experts in their field. When I finish I hope to use my knowledge and research to enhance the training offered to farmers in the South West” (Polly Gilbert, ResM Agriculture & Food).

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The Research Masters (ResM) is a Masters level degree awarded by Plymouth University through the Duchy College node - a research node of Plymouth University’s Centre for Agriculture and Rural Sustainability (CARS). Read more
The Research Masters (ResM) is a Masters level degree awarded by Plymouth University through the Duchy College node - a research node of Plymouth University’s Centre for Agriculture and Rural Sustainability (CARS).

All ResM students are supervised by college staff based in Cornwall on the Stoke Climsland or Newquay campuses and co-supervised by Plymouth University staff. The ResM culminates in the examination of a thesis based on a period of extended research, preceded by two taught modules that equip the student for research.

The ResM programme at Duchy is tailored to individual needs and commonly involves working with an industry partner. There are full-time and part-time routes.

Full and partial fees bursaries may be available, please contract Dr Peter McGregor for more information and eligibility criteria.

Indicative project titles for Biological Sciences:
• Infrared thermography as a tool in welfare assessments in animal rescue centres
• Seasonal variations of microplastic contamination in the estuaries
• Impacts of invasive species on native biodiversity
• Indicator species and conservation grazing

Student case study: "I am currently studying towards my ResM in Biological Sciences, having completed my BSc Applied Zoology. I very much enjoy studying here - the location is amazing and there are some great spots to study, especially the beach. My most memorable experiences so far are being involved in a group meeting with our local MP to discuss biodiversity, and presenting my work at a conference at Edinburgh Zoo. My tips for future students would be work hard, have fun and seek advice from your tutors. They want the best for you". Hayley Jones (ResM Biological Sciences).

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The Research Masters (ResM) is a Masters level degree awarded by Plymouth University through the Duchy College node - a research node of Plymouth University’s Centre for Agriculture and Rural Sustainability (CARS). Read more
The Research Masters (ResM) is a Masters level degree awarded by Plymouth University through the Duchy College node - a research node of Plymouth University’s Centre for Agriculture and Rural Sustainability (CARS).

All ResM students are supervised by college staff based in Cornwall on the Stoke Climsland or Newquay campuses and co-supervised by Plymouth University staff. The ResM culminates in the examination of a thesis based on a period of extended research, preceded by two taught modules that equip the student for research.

The ResM programme at Duchy is tailored to individual needs and commonly involves working with an industry partner. There are full-time and part-time routes.

Full and partial fees bursaries may be available, please contract Dr Peter McGregor for more information and eligibility criteria.

Indicative projects for Equitation Science:
• Welfare of the therapy horse
• Welfare and management of moorland ponies
• Effectiveness of physiotherapy interventions in the equine
• Horse Coat Colour and BEF evaluations

Student case study: “I’m enjoying having the time to learn and feel as though this programme was written specifically for me!” (Robyn Petrie-Richie, ResM Equitation Science)

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