MSc Equine Science


Program Description

MSc/ PgCert/ PgDipEquine Science

Postgraduate study in Equine Science at Hartpury can be the start of many exciting opportunities. The programmes consist of taught modules delivered via weekend study blocks to facilitate study alongside your career and a range of full and part-time study options are available to suit your personal circumstances. The modules will increase your knowledge and understanding but a key focus is an application of how equine science can maximize performance, enhance career longevity or aid in the selection of the performance horse, with a core goal of optimising the horse’s welfare. Throughout the modules, you will also gain ‘hands-on’ experience of modern technology, e.g. gait analysis and electromyography, utilized to assess performance which can build valuable skills for your future. The dissertation project allows you to take the knowledge and skills gained during the programme and apply them to a unique research project based upon your personal interest which could be linked to future career development or aspirations. Students are encouraged throughout their programme to attend conferences, present their research and become a member of the wider academic community including at our own annual Alltech-Hartpury Equine Performance conference.

As a postgraduate student of Equine Science, you will have a personal academic tutor to help support you to achieve your individual goals and interests. Study skills module weekends are also held during the induction period and combine with formative assessment opportunities to help support your academic development. This is combined with staff who are engaged with advancing equine science on the international stage yet remain accessible and committed to promoting your achievement.

The friendly, supportive and personal atmosphere here at Hartpury combines with the flexible modular programme to offer a unique, inspirational, engaging and enjoyable postgraduate experience.


  • Selecting, measuring and improving athletic performance of the horse and rider
  • Rehabilitation of the equine athlete
  • Assessment and development of the horse and rider dyad
  • Equine welfare and behaviour

Teaching, learning and assessment

Traditional lectures will only be one part of your course. You’ll also learn through group and individual presentations and discussions, student-led seminar groups, analysis and application of case studies and experiential learning and simulations. Guest speakers from industry and professional bodies also regularly contribute to the programme. These innovative methods create an environment that is enjoyable, varied and provides effective learning.


Past postgraduates have progressed to PhD study and employment in the equine/animal science sectors as researchers, lecturers and consultants.

Entry requirements

We judge all applications on their individual merit; however, we are typically looking for:

  • 2:2 Honours degree or above in Equine Science or Animal Science
  • 2:2 Honours degree or above in a biologically related degree with a supplementary background in the equine field (e.g. BHS)

Other approved accreditation or professional qualification; please contact us to discuss

Programme length

The programme has variable study options to meet your needs. The Postgraduate Certificates are part-time programmes, run between September and June of one academic year, but comprise 3 taught modules. The Postgraduate Diploma in Equine Science can be studied on a full time or part time basis (6 taught modules). It can be a one-year full-time programme or it can be a progression route from the Postgraduate Certificate, in which case it is a one year part-time programme. Both options run between September and June of one academic year. Students may module-accumulate i.e. you can achieve the PG Cert and use these credits towards the PG Diploma and then these can contribute towards a full Masters award.

The Master's programme (6 taught modules and the dissertation) can be studied as a full-time taught programme and completed in a twelve month period (September to August) or via a part-time study programme agreed with your tutor.

Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

Hartpury College is an outstanding provider of equine care, animal science, agricultural and land management courses, sports science, food technology and related courses. We pride ourselves on our por ... Read More

Hartpury College is an outstanding provider of equine care, animal science, agricultural and land management courses, sports science, food technology and related courses. We pride ourselves on our portfolio of programmes which provides you with the best choices and the qualifications you need to realise your full potential. Read less