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MSc Equine Performance Science

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Full time | Writtle University College | 1 year | SEP-23

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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

This taught master's programme, launching in September, can be studied over one year on a full time basis or two years on a part time basis.

Designed to take your equine knowledge, academic skills and research practice to the next level, the course provides a range of modules carefully planned to enhance your experience through a range of delivery methods and unique learning experiences. Our research-led teaching team will deliver the programme through a range of lectures, demonstrations and a variety of other platforms to ensure that your learning experience is exciting and challenging. At our stunning equine campus, set in rural Essex, you will gain practical support from our teaching team of industry specialists supporting competitive horses in training. This will allow to you to fully integrate the theory taught with ongoing case studies to gain 'real life' on understanding of the ages and stages of training in relation to nutrition, farriery, training, breeding, behaviour and much more.

The course will focus on equine performance through the study of gait evaluation, pathophysiology of injury, advanced and applied nutrition, exercise physiology, equitation science, human influences on equine performance, and methods to evaluate and enhance performance in a range of disciplines. We will provide you with current research focussed materials and work with cutting edge technology used both within academic research and in the field to monitor and evaluate performance and welfare. Underpinned by 'real' industry experience, we will support you to ensure that you are well prepared for the work-place and your personal career aims, by developing skills to plan and manage significant projects and develop outstanding interpersonal and people management skills.


This module will allow the student to critically evaluate the importance of biomechanics and sports medicine for equine performance. The students will critically evaluate recent developments in the area of exercise physiology, biomechanics, injury and rehabilitation, in relation to performance horse management and welfare. It is intended that students will have and advanced knowledge in how anatomy functions in relation to movement and the way that measurement can be used to evaluate and enhance performance. Students will discuss and develop a critical view about applied equine biomechanics through experience of numerous practical and video sessions, which help to develop the skills to identify gait abnormalities, asymmetry and performance related issues in horses. The information will help the student to link functional findings to structural abnormalities, and possible influence of intrinsic and extrinsic factors in performance. This module includes the use of some exciting gait analysis software courses that can be used for research and working within industry. The module also brings discussion about the principles of motor control, proprioception and skill acquisition and the application of these concepts in performance analysis and injury prevention in sports.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Candidates from the United Kingdom higher education sector will normally hold a first honours degree at 2.2 or above in a related subject. Prospective students with a first honours degree at 2.1 or above in another discipline but with significant work experience in Equine Science or related areas will also be considered for entrance on the masters' programme.