Equine Science (with integrated year in industry)

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Are you interested in enhancing your career prospects whilst studying Equine Science at Aberystwyth University? If yes, then our Equine Science with the integrated year in industry will be the course for you! 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.  This degree is engineered to improve your career prospects by giving you the head start in the ever so competitive industry that is today. 

Course Overview

Why study Equine Science at Aberystwyth University?

  • The syllabus of this course with the integrated year in industry is identical to its sister course BSc Equine Science (D322). Your work experience must be relevant to this degree and the year is assessed which will count towards your final degree grade.
  • Students will have to organise their work experience under the guidance of our Director for Employability. There is no guarantee that the work experience will be paid. (If you cannot obtain a placement, then you must transfer to its sister course BSc Equine Science D322).
  • During your year in work experience, you will pay a discounted tuition fee of which the information can be found here.
  • 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.
  • Opportunities for work experience, foreign exchanges, internships, bursaries and training towards BHS exams.
  • A modern equine facility providing livery, competition and educational resources.
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.

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
Biochemistry and the Cellular Basis of Life BR15320 20
Equine Anatomy and Physiology BR10910 10
Equine Exercise Physiology BR11010 10
Exploring Genetics BR14410 10
Molecular Laboratory Skills BR12210 10
Applied Animal Biology BR13320 20
Microbial Diversity BR12110 10
Study and Communication Skills BR12410 10


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Disease Diagnosis and Control BR15420 20
Equine Industry and Study Tour BR15520 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Animal Breeding: Genetics and Reproduction BR25220 20
Applied Nutrition of Livestock, Horses and Companion Animals BR20720 20
Equine and Human Exercise Physiology BR21520 20
Research Methods BR27520 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Equine Business BR26120 20
Immunology BR22220 20
One Health Microbiology BR26520 20
Veterinary Health BR27120 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Integrated Year in Industry BRS0060 60


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Behaviour and Welfare of Domesticated Animals BR35120 20
Equine Nutrition and Pasture Management BR35720 20
Equine Stud Management BR32520 20
Research Project BR36440 40


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Equine Marketing and Small Business Management BR34720 20
Veterinary Infectious Diseases BR34120 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


What opportunities are there for me?

Our alumni are currently in these following fields:

  • Research Science;
  • Working at nutrition companies;
  • Stud management;
  • Agriculture Business;
  • Scientific journalism;
  • Teaching (primary and secondary schools, FE colleges).

Studying Equine science, you will develop specialist skills may include:

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

Your year in industry:

In the 2016 Highflyers reports, 32% of graduate vacancies are taken by those who have previously worked for a company on a placement or/ a internship.  Make no mistake, you will develop confidence and gaining experience in the industry will stimulate your enthusiasm for the subject.

Completing a year in industry will allow you to:

  • Apply the learning from your course to the work environment;
  • Make industry contacts;
  • Develop practical skills related to your area of study;
  • Apply your practical skills and technical knowledge after returning to study;
  • Enhance your CV and better prepare yourself for a job after graduating;

Students on this scheme should note that the department institute does not have automatic placements for every applicant. You will be responsible for finding securing the work experience, however, you will have the assistance of our institute Work Experience Coordinator and our dedicated careers advisor (James Cuffe, If you fail to find work experience you will be able to convert your course to the three-year version of your subject.

Course Content

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four year degree scheme.

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 your third year you will undertake your work experience placement in an industry that is relevant to your course. Failure to secure your work experience for this year, students will be able to transfer to its sister course D322. 

In the final year you may 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.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 120 - 104

A Levels BBB-BCC with B in Biology

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM with a specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in Biology at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in Biology

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits and offers can vary. If you would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.

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