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MSc Equine Science Part Time

About the course

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.

Please note that this course may run as a roll-on, roll-off programme, so new students may start with either ‘Year 1’ or ‘Year 2’ modules, depending upon their year of entry.

Course modules

Year 1

Comparative Exercise 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.

Year 2

Applied Techniques for Sustaining the Equine Resource

Development of analysis protocols for the recognition of threats to the equine and exploration of feasible preventative and prophylactic approaches to minimise risk.

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.

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.

Year 3

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.

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 a related discipline.

Candidates not possessing an Honours Degree at the above grade but with relevant professional qualifications and experience will be welcomed. All non-standard applicants may be interviewed to assess suitability for the course.

Career experience plus 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 6.5 or equivalent.

All offers may be subject to successful interview.

Please note there is a maximum weight limit of 14.5 stone for the riding modules.

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, 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.

What work experience can I get?

There is no formal work placement on this course.


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:

· Jodhpurs (plain navy or black), Riding Hat, Hair Net, Gloves - £90

· Laboratory Coat - £10

· 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:

· If Riding: Long and Short Whip, Non-Suede Gaiters, White Shirt and Tie - £75

· If Jumping; Body Protector - £70

· Field Trips and Visits (including possible overseas trips) - £400