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Applied Equine Science

Course Description


This MSc specialises in applying recent advances in equine research and development to the management and welfare of horses. Previous graduates are directors of equine businesses, whilst others are pursuing academic and research careers.

Career prospects

Our graduates have applied their in-depth understanding of equine science to the following areas:
• Nutrition
• Research and development
• Veterinary
• Lecturers and trainers
• Laboratory technicians
• Partners and directors for national organisations
• Livery

Who is the course for?

This course attracts students from a variety of academic
and practical backgrounds, from the UK and overseas,
who are interested in pursuing careers in all areas of
the equine industry.

Course structure

The MSc may be studied full-time over 12 months or
part-time over two or three years.
Students will study eight modules in the autumn and spring terms. The Research Project is then carried out to be submitted the following April. It will be presented as a review paper and as a research paper.
Students who do not wish to undertake the Research Project may choose to take a Postgraduate Diploma following successful completion of eight modules or a Postgraduate Certificate following completion of four modules.
Students will learn through lectures, tutorials, seminars, laboratory practicals, and industry-based presentations and visits. Small teaching groups enable a vibrant and creative learning environment with plenty of scope for in-depth discussion.
Modules are assessed through literature reviews, laboratory reports, presentations and written examinations.


Research Methodology (half module)
Equine Genetics and Breeding
Management of Reproduction
Equine Pasture, Forage and Turf Management (half module)
Equine Nutrition
Exercise Physiology
Research Methodology and Statistics
Equine Health
Equine Behaviour and Welfare
Research Project

The Student Vieww

Samuel White
I chose to complete the MSc Applied Equine Science at the Royal Agricultural University due to the high standard of lecturing, world-renowned research staff and well-equipped laboratories. Although my lifelong interest has always been equine nutrition, studying such a wide range of subjects has really expanded my areas of interest and knowledge. With so many RAU staff actively involved in research, the dissertation process was a valuable experience.
Since completing my MSc I have secured a position as a Laboratory Technician performing the UKAS Quality Manager role, and have been developing my own research centre. The skills and expertise I gained at the RAU have proven to be invaluable in my day-to-day career and research. More recently, I have gained a place on a funded PhD in equine nutrition and consider myself very lucky to have attended such a highly regarded university.

Visit the Applied Equine Science page on the Royal Agricultural University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree in a cognate scientific subject (preferably a bioscience at least 2:1) Mature candidates with significant relevant work experience and lower academic qualifications may also be considered for entry, following interview with the course manager.or students whose first language is not English, the University will accept International English Language Test (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5 average with no element below 5.5.Students with other qualifications, including overseas awards and alternative English language qualifications, are advised to contact Admissions to discuss the suitability of their award.

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