This Master’s degree course is designed to further develop the equestrian academic skills and knowledge of graduates, focusing on the field of equestrian behaviour, performance and training. Students would be expected to have an existing interest in the key areas of equine behaviour science and horse-rider interactions, specifically their impact on equestrian performance. Potential students may also come from a practitioner background within equestrian training and performance.
M Level units are delivered by tutors qualified at postgraduate level in relevant subjects, many of whom also have a strong British Horse Society (BHS) and performance horse background, most being research active. Full-time study will provide intensive training at postgraduate level for graduates with an equine, sports psychology or biological sciences background, and a two year part-time pathway is also available.
The research project enables students to undertake a detailed experimental study in a chosen area to develop analytical research skills with the support of dedicated supervisors. The student profile is developed throughout the programme utilising a range of advanced academic and research skills with an emphasis on the practical industry applications of research findings. Interpretation and critical evaluation of current research findings will enable the student to further develop links between the equestrian industry and the equine scientific community.
In addition to traditional lectures, units are delivered using extensive laboratory facilities, our BHS Approved ‘Where to Train’ centre, a research population of up to 80 horses, performance analysis hardware and software, conference attendance and demonstrations. Student links are encouraged to external organisations, commercial companies and collaborative research projects. Educational visits are also used to expand equine-specific skills, including visits to training facilities and an international study tour.
Possible Areas of Study – Equestrian performance and management – Equine Exercise physiology – Equine learning Theory – Sports Psychology – Sports coaching – Equine Welfare – Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities Units are assessed by a mix of coursework, practical assessments, exams, case studies and project work. Emphasis is placed on the development of critical evaluation and research skills with the use of formative assessments throughout the programme of study. Developmental feedback will enable each student to widen the range of their academic skills as they progress through the programme.