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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Horses / Ponies Keeping Zoology

Course type


Course Summary

The Master’s 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 professions. Throughout 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. 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; Many of our previous graduates have also progressed to PhDs or Veterinary Medicine.

This course will empower you to: Develop an in-depth knowledge of the key contemporary topics affecting the Equine Sciences; Enhance your problem-solving and data handling skills; Develop study and research skills; Develop and sustain a self-initiated programme of study; Develop your skills of original thought, analysis, evaluation, interpretation and reasoning; Enhance your communication skills; Work effectively independently and as part of a team. 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.

Different course options

Full time | Aberystwyth University | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



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

Fee for 2018/19 entry is £7,160 per year. There will be a slight increase in 2019/20 entry.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Fee for 2018/19 entry is £15,750 per year. There will be a slight increase in 2019/20 entry.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need a good undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) (or above) equating to a mark of 56.5 or above in a related subject. Those who are not graduates must satisfy the University that they are of the required academic standard to pursue postgraduate study.