Equine Science

Key Facts

Code D322
  • Typical A-level offer

    BCC-BBC with B in Biology or Human Biology

  • Course Length

    3 Years

Further details on entry requirements

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With a long history of teaching equine science and outstanding teaching facilities for this specialist subject area, our degree at Aberystwyth University will allow you to explore horse  reproduction including breeding technologies, its nutrition, welfare and care for maximum performance and its management in relation to exercise physiology and health.  And if that’s not enough, scroll down for more information...

 Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS): 91% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

92% of undergraduates from IBERS who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Employability
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Student Views


Why study Equine Science at Aberystwyth University?

  • Superb teaching and research facilities including state of the art labs
  • Internationally renowned passionate teaching staff who are experts in their fields for animal science and equine research
  • A fantastic equine centre with Olympic size indoor arena, all-weather manège, round pen, horse walker and livery facilities including turnout
  • A stunning coastal location with miles of unspoilt beaches to gallop upon a few miles from the equine centre!
  • Opportunities for work experience, foreign exchanges, internships, bursaries and training towards BHS exams

Students can elect to study a number of IBERS modules in the medium of Welsh. Ask the department for further details.

Our Staff

The majority of teaching staff at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry.  The Institute has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Year 1 Core (80 Credits) You must take the following modules

Semester 1

Biology Of The Cell BR10310
Equine Anatomy And Physiology BR10910
Equine Industry And Study Tour BR11200
Genetics BR11310
Biological Molecules And Methods BR11710

Semester 2

Equine Exercise Physiology BR11010
Equine Industry And Study Tour BR11220
Metabolism BR12010

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Bioleg Cymhwysol Anifeiliad BG13300

Applied Animal Biology BR13300

Semester 2

Bioleg Cymhwysol Anifeiliad BG13320

Applied Animal Biology BR13320

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Sgiliau Astudio A Chyfathrebu BG12410

Study And Communication Skills BR12410

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 2

Amrywiaeth Microbau BG12110

Microbial Diversity BR12110

Year 2 Core (60 Credits) You must take the following modules

Semester 1

Equine And Human Exercise Physiology BR21520

Semester 2

Applied Animal Behaviour And Welfare BR20510
Immunology BR22220
Reproductive Physiology, Growth And Development BR23310

Year 2 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Maeth Anifeiliaid Fferm, Ceffylau Ac Anifeiliaid Anwes BG20720

Applied Nutrition Of Livestock, Horses And Companion Animals BR20720

Year 2 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Profiad Gwaith BG24200

Work Experience BR24200

Semester 2

Profiad Gwaith BG24210

Work Experience BR24210

Year 2 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Dulliau Ymchwil BG23400

Research Methods BR23400

Semester 2

Dulliau Ymchwil BG23420

Research Methods BR23420

Year 2 Options Choose 10 credits

Semester 1

Principles Of Veterinary Science BR23110

Grassland Management BR25110

Semester 2

Equine Business BR25010

Final Year Core (60 Credits) You must take the following modules

Semester 1

Equine Stud Management BR32500
Veterinary Infectious Diseases BR34120

Semester 2

Advanced Equine Nutrition And Digestive Disorders BR30310
Animal Breeding BR30710
Equine Stud Management BR32520

Final Year Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Traethawd Estynedig BG32300

Dissertation BR32300

Semester 2

Traethawd Estynedig BG32330

Dissertation BR32330

Final Year Options Choose 30 credits

Semester 1

Animal Bioethics BR30510

Equine Marketing And Small Business Management BR34700

Semester 2

Livestock And Equine 'omic' Technologies BR30610

Veterinary Pharmacology And Toxicology BR32610

Equine Marketing And Small Business Management BR34720

Both Semesters

Cyfathrebu Ymchwil BG31710

Communicating Research BR31710


What opportunities are there for me?

Our alumni are currently in these following fields;

  • Research Scientist
  • Working at nutrition companies
  • Stud manager
  • Agriculture Business
  • Scientific journalism
  • Teaching (primary and secondary schools, FE colleges)

Studying Equine science, you will develop specialist skills may including;

  • Ability to evaluate the  nutrition, training and welfare needs of horses
  • Undertake physiological assessment and monitoring

More information :

Year in Employment scheme (YES)
The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement.

As a specialist branch of Zoology, your BSc in Equine Science opens up a range of exciting opportunities for employment and further training. In addition, the work placement opportunities available to you will help you gain valuable industry experience. 

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

What will I learn?

Below is an indication of what you could study at Aberystwyth University.

In the first year you will discover;

  • The anatomy and physiology of the horse
  •  Key principles of genetics and metabolism
  • The equine industry
  • The effects of exercise and training upon specific body systems

 You may also take part in a study tour, this may consist of;

  • Different equine-related organisations
  • Racing training stables
  • Studs
  • Racecourses and sales

Other enterprises examined may include veterinary laboratories, veterinary practices or schools, equine sporting events, non-thoroughbred breeding and/or training centres, and auction houses.


In your second year you will explore;

  • Applied Nutrition of horses
  • Comparative exercise physiology
  • Mammalian reproductive anatomy and physiology
  • Research skills


In the third year you will study;

  • Equine stud management
  • Advanced equine nutrition
  • Digestive disorders
  • Behaviour and welfare

How will I be taught?

We teach our students through lectures, seminars, workshops, practicals, field visits and lab work. You will receive thorough training in concepts, research and methodology relating to equine science. You will explore this learning in laboratory research and experimentation, as well as hands-on exercises.


We assess our students through;

  • Essays
  • Practical exercises
  • Oral presentations
  • Exams
  •  Lab reports
  • Practical reports
  • Portfolios
  • Reflective diaries
  • Feed analysis and / or rationing exercises
  • Magazine articles
  • Webpages
  • Podcasts

More information:

The University's scientific community and the Institute's supportive staff will greatly assist you in your equine training. You will also benefit from the many opportunities within the institute and the university to develop your theoretical and practical expertise so that, upon graduation, you are perfectly positioned for the next stage of your career.

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Student Views

D322 Equine Science, is a tight-knit course involving some of the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable lecturers! The trips that are available to us are fuelled by passion for the equine industry. Modules entwine perfectly; this may seem unlikely at first, but at the end your thirst for knowledge is successfully fulfilled! The fact that the university is located in some of the most beautiful coastal scenery is nothing more than a bonus! Ria Mclean

Studying Equine Science has allowed me to gain an in-depth knowledge of biology whilst also applying what I am learning to the subject area I am interested in and want to base my career around. This specificity of this course also means I am surrounded by people who have similar interests, and we inspire one another to perform to the best of our abilities. Daniel Rutland Barrington

I enjoyed the time I spent in Aberystwyth and quickly found that the Equine Science degree encouraged me to challenge what I already knew about horses. This experience allowed me to gain a strong foundation in equestrian knowledge that I now use to integrate new information gained from continuing professional development.
Jenni - Equine Behaviour and training consultant

I returned to Higher Education as a mature student and have very fond memories of Aber and thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent there. If asked why I chose to study at Aberystwyth I would have to say that it was because of the warm welcome I received at my initial interview and for the excellent learning support facilities available
Elizabeth - Bloodstock Administrator for Tattersalls Ltd, Newmarket

I found the BSc Equine Science course really enjoyable; it offered a good balance between scientific theory and practical knowledge, not just related to horses, but other animals and humans, too. I have no regrets about choosing to study at Aber – it combines great tuition, support and facilities with a fantastic night-life. It’s a small, friendly place with stunning scenery – as a place to study, I’d recommend it to everyone
Melenie - Editorial Assistant, Horse & Rider Magazine

Entry Requirements

A Levels BCC-BBC with B in Biology or Human Biology

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics and a Science subject

BTEC National Diploma:

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
30 points overall with 5 points in Biology or Chemistry at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
70% overall with 70% in a science subject

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