Equine Science

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Equine Science at Aberystwyth University will provide you with a highly informed, research-led postgraduate teaching experience in the areas of equine behaviour and anatomy, equine nutrition, equine reproduction and breeding, as well as grassland science.

Aberystwyth University is a long established, internationally recognised provider of equine courses. Studying with us will allow you to acquire the advanced subject knowledge and professional skills needed to enter the top careers in the equine industry and related professions.

Typical Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements BSc honours degree (2:2) in a related subject at undergraduate level OR 2 years relevant experience working in the sector

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Course Overview

This distance learning course is taught by leading scientists in their respective fields and you will learn about the latest scientific advances in the primary areas of equine research. This advanced subject knowledge and qualification is highly recognised by both the equine industry and equine-related professions.

This online programme is designed to fit around your work and life demands. It is aimed at professionals working in the equine field who would like to update their knowledge and gain qualifications as well as new graduates and graduates hoping to move into the equine field.

About this course


12 months distance learning

Start date:

September, January or May

Course Fees:

Please see the tuition fee pages for current tuition fees. Please note that all fees are subject to an annual increase.


Funding opportunities may be available, please check our funding calculator for details.

Modules September start - 2022

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.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Grassland Systems BDM5120 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


This course will prepare you for a wide range of careers within the equine industry.

Our graduates often progress to careers in:

  • Scientific research
  • Scientific publishing
  • Equine/Animal Nutrition
  • Equine/Animal Welfare
  • Teaching
  • Equine/Animal breeding
  • Consultancy
  • Laboratory work.

Teaching & Learning

How will I learn?

Our programmes have been designed to be as accessible and flexible as possible, particularly for those in full-time employment or living outside the UK. As long as you have internet access you can study wherever and whenever is convenient for you, enabling you to update your knowledge and develop your critical skills.

There are three intakes per year so you can start in January, May or September. Each 14 week module includes recorded lectures from academics and industry experts (where possible), along with guided readings, discussion forums and written assignments.

You will choose three 20-credit modules from a choice of four, so you can focus on the themes which are most relevant to you.

What will I learn?

You will choose a selection of modules covering equine nutrition, equine anatomy and behaviour, equine reproductive physiology and breeding, and grassland science.

How will I be assessed?

There are no exams within this programme. Taught modules are assessed via coursework (namely reports and essays, but also literature reviews, case studies, business plans and data analysis tasks), presentations and forum discussion.