Equine Science

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The MRes Equine Science degree provides you with the ideal opportunity to carry out research in a specific area of equine science, while studying a selection of taught elements relating to reproduction, anatomy, immunology, nutrition and genetics of the horse. In this way you gain a Masters degree by research but with the opportunity to explore other taught areas of interest in equine science. Providing you with a high level of research training, the MRes is the ideal stepping-stone for those considering a PhD in equine science or the wider field of animal/veterinary/biological science as well as careers in research and development.

Working under the supervision of active researchers with expertise in the field, you will develop a year-long equine science research project in the areas of production, reproduction, parasitology, nutrition, cognition, behaviour, anatomy and exercise physiology. You will be mentored in hypothesis-driven experimental design, and will receive training in analytical techniques, statistical analysis and the interpretation of results.

Typical Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements 2:2 Bachelors (Honours) degree in a relevant subject area or equivalent. Subject to agreement with project supervisor. Non-graduates will be considered individually based on relevant work experience.

English Language Requirements IELTS 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent

Other Requirements Applicants are encouraged to submit an up-to-date CV as part of their application.

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Course Overview

Why an MRes in Equine Science?

The equine science sector has an estimated turnover of £250 million pounds and supports 1.6 million jobs worldwide. Postgraduate qualifications in this sector greatly enhances employability and the MRes in Equine Science has specifically been designed to fulfil this goal. This course will equip you with specialist knowledge in a specific area of equine science and give you a range of critical and analytical skills widely sought after in the research and development sector of the equine industry. This skill set from the MRes will also make you highly competitive for advertised PhD positions in equine and veterinary science.

Why study at Aberystwyth?

With 360 members of staff (principle investigators, technicians and post-doctoral fellows), 1350 undergraduate students and more than 150 postgraduate students, IBERS is one of the largest research and teaching institutes within the UK. Excellence in teaching was recognised by outstanding scores (90-98%) in the National Student Satisfaction Survey for three consecutive years (NSS 2017, 2018, 2019), being awarded the Gold Award in the recent Teaching Excellence Framework (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2018) and wining University of the year for teaching quality for the second consecutive year (Good University Guide, The Times and Sunday Times, 2018 and 2019 . Employability data from the Recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE, 2017) shows that 97% of IBERS graduates were in work or further study six months after leaving Aberystwyth University. The economic and social impact of IBERS research was also recognised in 2011 when IBERS won the national BBSRC Excellence with Impact Award.

Aberystwyth University is the longest-established provider of equine related higher education in the UK, with an internationally renowned reputation for teaching and research in equine science. Our MSc in Equine Science was established in 1978. IBERS has its own equine teaching yard which is the only dedicated and fully licensed equine research yard in UK outside of veterinary college

About this course


Both full-time (1 year) and part-time (2 year) routes available.

Entry Requirements:

Good Undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) (or above) equating to a mark of 56.5 or above in a related subject. European and International applicants can find their grade equivalence on our comparability page. Those who are not graduates must satisfy the University that they are of the required academic standard to pursue postgraduate study.

English Language Requirements:

If you have a Bachelor’s degree from a UK University, you do not need to take an English proficiency test.

Non-native English speakers who do not meet this requirement must take a University-recognised test of academic English language proficiency. For further information please see our English Language requirements page.

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 - 2023

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
Research Methods in the Biosciences BRM6420 20
MRes Dissertation (A) BRM6060 60
MRes Dissertation (B) BRM6160 60


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Animal Breeding and Genetics BRM5820 20
Equine Nutrition BRM5320 20
Equine Reproductive Physiology and Breeding Technology BRM5220 20
Infection and Immunity BRM1620 20
Understanding Equine Action: from Anatomy to Behaviour BRM6220 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 to improve horse health and welfare or to work in the research and development sector of the equine industry as well as the wider veterinary/animal/biological science fields.

Our graduates often progress to careers in:

  • Scientific research
  • Scientific publishing
  • Equine/Animal Nutrition
  • Equine/Animal Welfare
  • Teaching
  • Equine/Animal breeding
  • Consultancy
  • Laboratory work
  • Many graduates have also progressed to PhDs or Veterinary Medicine.


Throughout this course you will:

  • Develop advanced data collection/analysis, fieldwork and laboratory skills
  • Enhance your scientific written and oral communication by communicating your research to a range of audiences including academics and the wider public
  • Enhance your critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Develop study and research skills
  • Direct and sustain a self-initiated programme of study underpinned by good time management skills
  • Work effectively both independently and as the member of a team
  • Enhance your project management skills to deliver a demanding combination of research, analysis, communication and presentation

Teaching & Learning

How will I learn?

The major aspect of this course that uniquely positions itself from other Masters level Equine Science courses in the UK is the 12-month dissertation project (Semesters 1-3; 120 of 180 credits). Working under the supervision of active researchers with expertise in the field, you will collaboratively develop an equine science research project in the areas of reproduction, parasitology, nutrition, cognition or behaviour, anatomy or exercise physiology. In combination with the Research Methods module, your supervisor/supervisory team will mentor you in hypothesis-driven experimental design, provide training in analytical techniques, statistical analysis and interpretation of results and prepare you for successful oral presentations. You will also be guided in how to most efficiently communicate your results during the dissertation write-up and there will be opportunities to present your work at a national conference. It is expected that during this year long research project you will become an expert in your topic.

The remaining 60 credits are attained via modules from the MSc Equine Science programme and includes 20 credits in the core Research Methods module and 40 credits in option modules, which allow you to study other areas of equine science. Up to 10 hours per week are spent in taught modules in semesters 1 and 2. The rest of the time in semesters 1 and 2 and the whole of semester 3 are spent conducting your research project. Depending on your project this may include laboratory, field or computer-based research supported by regular meetings with your designated supervisor. The research projects will be set by members of IBERS staff or, if suitable, a research topic can be proposed by the applicant (please contact the course co-ordinator for further details: Sebastian McBride:

How will I be assessed?

The taught modules are assessed by scientific writing assignments (such as reports, critical reviews, essays and journalistic articles), presentations, contribution to group discussions in seminars and online assignments. Subsequent successful submission of your research project dissertation leads to the award of an MRes.