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MRes Equine Performance, Health and Welfare

MRes Equine Performance, Health and Welfare

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Full time | Brackenhurst Campus | 1 year | 26-SEP-22

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Horses / Ponies Keeping Animal Protection / Welfare Health Care Management / Health Studies Animal Health / Nutrition (Farm)

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Course Summary

This suite of postgraduate courses provides a thorough understanding of equine health, performance and welfare within the context of the human use of horses. The courses have been designed to meet the growing number of equestrian professions that require a high level of theoretical knowledge, and strong research skills.

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Why study Equine Performance, Health and Welfare at Nottingham Trent University?

  • These are unique courses in the UK focusing on Equine Performance, Health and Welfare at postgraduate level.
  • NTU boasts major investment in biological sciences teaching and laboratory facilities. The specialist facilities for equine courses include several research arenas, floodlit outdoor riding arena, indoor school, a horse walker, round pen, a dedicated performance analysis room with mechanical horse and a variety of equine housing systems including, traditional style stabling, American-barn housing and crew yards.
  • Specialist research equipment is available for use during student projects and teaching led activities including, heart rate monitors, GPS equipment, Qualisys motion capture system, DartfishProSuite(R), Tekscanpressure mapping, Flir thermal camera, infrared camera system to monitor 24 hour time budgets, Observer behavioural analysis software and mobile eye tracking systems.
  • Modules are delivered by academics qualified to PhD level, who are research active in their area of expertise. Their international research links provide opportunities and scope for a wide range of research projects in the field of Equine Performance, Health and Welfare.
  • Students can specialise in key areas of interest, for example nutrition, behaviour, exercise physiology, genetics and reproduction.
  • Recent Masters graduates are now employed as lecturers, nutritionists, research assistants, equine journalists and independent consultants.
  • Research in the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences has been recognised as being of international importance (RAE 2013).
  • Study routes available include taught MRes and MSc options.
  • Undertake a major research project supported by research active academics. Research projects can be undertaken in the UK or abroad.

Careers and employability

The course will provide you with the professional skills, experience and knowledge necessary to pursue a wide range of careers within the area of equine science and health and welfare. Potential positions and fields include:

  • research assistant in animal or biological sciences
  • nutritionist
  • medical marketing and sales
  • scientific journalist
  • lecturer
  • equine consultancy
  • rehabilitation
  • sports psychology and coaching
  • equine behaviourist.


Research in depth a chosen topic area related to equine performance, health, or welfare. Design and implement a relevant research project or equivalent technical or professional enquiry, with a strong aspect of originality. Communicate the findings to an informed audience in a comprehensive scientific report.

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Entry requirements

Students should have a minimum of a 2:1 or equivalent honours biological sciences degree.

University information

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is one of the biggest and most popular universities in the UK offering a number of benefits for postgraduate students. The University offers a variety of taught postgraduate courses and a wide range of research degree options across their eight academic schools. There are many types of postgraduate study on offer including taught postgraduate courses, professional courses and research degrees. Whether you...more

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