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MSc Equine Science

About the course

*Unfortunately our International Student applications are now closed for 2024 intake. This is due to the limited time to gain the necessary information and process a visa before September. You can re-apply from October for 2025 applications.*

The course is delivered at University Centre Myerscough and awarded by the University of Central Lancashire.

The MSc Equine Science develops a systematic understanding and a critical awareness of current issues at the forefront of equine science. The MSc offers you a unique opportunity to combine the biological and sociological aspects of equine science. The course aims to extend your graduate skills and knowledge to develop you to be able to inform and lead industry developments. The MSc will encourage reflection, debate and critical evaluation of industry practices and current issues. The programme allows you to explore areas of personal interest within the structured setting of taught modules, with the benefit of a triple dissertation.

As a Myerscough postgraduate student, you will benefit from individualised support within a welcoming culture, ensuring that you follow in the footsteps of our previous students with their outstanding high achievements and excellent student satisfaction. Myerscough equine research students have presented their research on an international platform and it is expected that all our students at this level should be capable of achieving this high accolade.

Course modules

Year 1

Evidence Based Animal Husbandry

Application of evidence based research to include aquariums, research facilities and zoological collections will allow students to develop a broad knowledge-based approach to solving specific problems and for suggesting management.

Comparative Equine Physiology

To systematically review the latest research findings and methodologies in application to athletic animals, including humans.

Current Issues and Innovation in the Equine Industry

A quest for solutions for complex issues currently impacting on the horse and the equine industry, incorporating consideration of cross-discipline techniques and approaches.

Equestrian Sport, Culture and Society

Application of social science theories and concepts to evaluate the role of the horse in modern sport, culture and society.

Equitation Science

Development of a critical awareness of the latest advances in techniques, research and scholarship relating to the scientific study of the horse: rider dyad.

Masters Dissertation

The dissertation is a triple module and allows students to design and conduct a substantial piece of independent, supervised research in the field of equine science. The dissertation is an independent piece of academic work which allows the student to identify and work in an area of interest to them and manage the research process to agreed deadlines.

Research Methodology and Design

This module provides students with the essential personal, organisational, management, theoretical and statistical skills needed to work at Postgraduate Level. It will explore research philosophies, research process and design and the process of questionnaire development and design. The module will develop skills in advanced data organisation, presentation, dissemination and problem solving.

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Applications are sought from individuals possessing a minimum of Lower Second Class (2.2) Honours Degree (or equivalent) in related subjects such as Equine Science, Equine Management, Equitation Science, Animal Science and Biology. Candidates not possessing an Honours Degree at the above grade but with relevant professional qualifications and experience will be welcomed. All non-standard applicants will be interviewed to assess suitability for the course.

Career experience with evidence of study skills may also be considered. Consideration will be given to non-traditional qualifications and relevant work experience. Applicants are encouraged to produce evidence of their potential to benefit from the course. Applicants who believe they may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Experience/Learning (APE/L) for certain modules will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to have an English qualification to IELTS 6 or equivalent.

Please note there is a maximum weight limit of 14.5 stone for this course.

Learning and assessment

Learning Environment:

This course makes the most of the extensive equestrian facilities on site including a wide range of horses, large indoor and outdoor arenas and specialist therapy and research equipment. Students will also have access to specialist IT hardware and software as well as to Myerscough's virtual learning environment. Learning activities on the course are diverse, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Students will be expected to undertake extensive independent study and research to support lectures, seminars and assessments.


Students will face a variety of assessments, including written reports, essays, literature reviews, written and oral examinations, dissertation, research proposal and presentations.

Additional Information:

Study trips are organised to supplement the learning in specific modules. Examples include, veterinary centres, laboratories, race yards and competition training yards. Students are also strongly encouraged to attend research conferences, including Myerscough’s Annual Research Conference. Guest speakers also visit. Students also have the opportunity to trial for our competition BUCS equestrian team and as part of successful trial for this, have additional weekly riding sessions.

What work experience can I get?

There is no formal work placement on this course.

Other Opportunities

Students are encouraged and supported to submit their research to relevant journals or conferences, subject to the successful application for scholarship funding or self-funding.


On successful completion of the course, students may apply for a PhD.


The course prepares students to enter a diverse range of equine careers, including some within the following areas of the equine and associated industries:






Laboratory staff





Government organisations

Special requirements

Additional costs for items that are essential for the course include:

Equipment and/or Clothing:

Please note that riding is not an essential part of the course, but students may choose to ride as part of certain modules, providing they pass a riding assessment. There is a weight limit of 14.5 stones for riding college horses. If riding, the following equipment are essential:-

Riding hat to current standards (PAS015 2011; ASTMF1163 2004a onwards; SNELL E20016) riding boots, gloves, jodhpurs plus schooling and jumping whip and body protector subject to current standards (purple label Level 3 2009) for jumping.

If not riding, the following equipment are essential for yard practical work:

Riding hat to current standards (PAS015 2011; ASTMF1163 2004a onwards; SNELL E20016) yard or riding boots, gloves.

Extra Costs:

Additional costs for items that are essential for the course include:

  • If riding: Jodhpur boots, long leather or riding boots - £100
  • Jodhpurs (plain navy or black), riding hat, hair net, gloves - £90
  • College polo shirt, sweatshirt and Jacket (or plain navy or black) - £80
  • Strong boots or wellingtons for yard work - £30

Additional costs for opportunities and items that are optional for the course include:

  • College padded Gillet - £33
  • College rugby shirt - £25
  • Field trips and visits (including possible overseas trips) - £600
  • If jumping; Body protector - £70
  • If riding: Long & short whip, non-suede gaiters, white shirt and tie - £75
  • Waterproof trousers - £22