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Full time | Aberystwyth University | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Horses / Ponies Keeping Zoology

Course type


Course Summary

The Masters Degree in Equine Science at Aberystwyth is a long established, internationally recognised course and will provide you with research-led, high quality postgraduate teaching and education, allowing you to acquire the advanced subject knowledge and professional skills to enter the top careers in the equine industry and related roughout this course, you will be able to use a multidisciplinary approach to explore collaborations with veterinarians, scientists and industrial partners, and you will learn about the latest scientific advances and their application to horses. You will encounter many opportunities to develop as a reflective, autonomous researcher, with a wide and expert understanding of both animal, in particular equine, biology and its applications.


The Institute of Biological, Rural and Environmental Sciences at Aberystwyth University is the longest-established provider of equine related higher education in the UK. Our MSc in Equine Science was established in 1978
IBERS has an internationally renowned reputation for teaching and research in equine science
IBERS has an equine teaching yard and the only dedicated and fully licensed equine research yard in UK outside of veterinary colleges.


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


Equine/Animal breeding


Laboratory work

Many of our previous graduates have also progressed to PhDs or Veterinary Medicine.

Opportunity to attend conferences with lectures from international equine science experts
Undertake a challenging course taught by enthusiastic, helpful and research-active staff, and further enhanced by contributions from expert equine experts and academics, many of whom are of international renown
Our joint submission with Bangor University to the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) displayed that 78% of our research is world-leading or internationally excellent, and 97% of our research is internationally recognised
76% of our joint submission to the most recent Research Excellence Framework was judged as world-leading in terms of research impact
Our submission in conjunction with Bangor University was the 5th strongest submission in the UK - REF 2014
IBERS has previously been awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education and we received the ''Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology'' award at the 2013 Times Higher Education Awards
Aberystwyth University is a top 50 university for research power and intensity – REF 2014.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is via a mix of written assignments (case studies, essays, research projects, critical reviews and abstracts), written examinations, seminar presentations, online assignments and scientific posters. Successful submission of the dissertation in the final semester leads to the award of an MSc.


Semester 1 lectures will consider principals of animal nutrition in a broad context, where the evaluation of feeds in a laboratory and field context will be discussed as will principles of energy and protein metabolism and nutrition. The consequences and possible causes of mineral and vitamin deficiencies and excesses will be considered. This knowledge will then be applied to develop an understanding of ration formulation. The equine specific lectures, primarily delivered in semester 2, will cover scientific principles underlying good feeding practice including relation to anatomy and physiology of the digestive tract. Critical analysis of dietary principals for different categories of horse will be explored (e.g. maintenance, working and breeding stock). Lectures may also include reviews and discussion of recent topical research, such as the inclusion of pro and pre-biotics in equine diets due to their actions on hindgut flora and fauna and diet-related diseases.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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.