BSc (Hons) International Equine and Agricultural Business Management




Royal Agricultural University Campus


3 Years (full time)

Academic Year

25 September 2023 to 24 May 2024

Become a multi-skilled graduate with a thorough grounding in agricultural and equine developments, equine science, business including marketing, finance, law and negotiating skills.

Course overview

You will also delve into the changing dynamics of the UK horse industry, the second largest economy in the rural sector. Throughout the degree you will benefit from internationally recognised visiting speakers from all areas of the equine industry, and gain knowledge in international equine business and science, covering Northwest Europe, and the USA.

With a work placement built into the course, and our powerful network of graduates it’s no wonder our students have gone on to secure work in the UK and abroad at prestigious companies such as Weatherbys, Volac International Dairy Nutrition, Haygain and Horse and Hound.

Work placement

You will complete a 15-week work placement in the second year of the course which develops key transferable skills and helps you to gain industry contacts even before you graduate. This is an excellent opportunity to develop a range of links within the growing equine, agriculture and business industries.


Course content

We are currently finalising the information for courses offered for 2023 entry. Full details and programme specifications will be available in early 2023. You will benefit from a blend of modules that cover equine, agriculture and business delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials, visiting speakers, case studies, laboratory practical classes and demonstrations. Modules are assessed through a range of methods, including essays, reports, case studies and presentations. There are timed examinations at the end of each semester.

Our students have benefitted from trips to leading racing businesses and organisations locally, in Southern Ireland and North West Europe gaining insight directly from the mouths of world-leading organisations.

More locally students have also taken advantage of equine organisations such as the famous Cheltenham Racecourse, and the Blue Cross Rescue Centre.

Being based in Gloucestershire you will be able to tap into a wealth of equine companies right on your doorstep and within the UK such as the British Racing School, Newmarket Equine Hospital, Kubler Racing, and the Blue Cross Rescue Centre.


Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and societies activities.


Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Each credit equates to 10 hours of total study time. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.

Full-time students normally take modules worth 60 credits per 15 week semester but this can vary depending on your elective choice. Part-time students taking proportionally fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for your degree is based on marks obtained for modules taken at level 5 and level 6 (weighted 30:70 accordingly).

The modules available for this degree are shown below. They may change for your year of study as we regularly review our module offerings to ensure they’re informed by the latest research and teaching methods.

Year one

  • 1007 Soil and Environmental Science
  • 1010 Equine Industry 
  • 1248 Equine Bioveterinary Science 1
  • 1325 Introduction to the Agri-Food Industry
  • 1400 Developing Academic Skills
  • 1415 Global Business Environment
  • 1441 Applied Animal Science
  • 1443 Business Finance and Accounts

Year two

  • 2019 Farm Enterprise Management
  • 2032 Marketing Management
  • 2069 Rural Business Enterprise
  • 2166 Equine Business Finance and Taxation
  • 2317 Industry Placement
  • 2337 Personal and Professional Development Skills and Employability
  • 2378 Research and Evidence

Plus a choice of ONE elective selected from:

  • 2253 Equine Bioveterinary Science 2
  • 2254 Equine Nutrition and Training

Year three

  • 3003 International Equine Industry
  • 3036 Advanced Equine Business Management
  • 3300 Research Project / Dissertation
  • 3332 Specialist Study

Plus a choice of TWO electives selected from:

  • 3020 Advanced Crop Production
  • 3041 Corporate Finance
  • 3058 Equine Behaviour and Welfare
  • 3200 Equine Health
  • 3206 Equine Breeding Management
  • 3217 Advances in Training the Equine Athlete
  • 3242 Negotiation in Business
  • 3316 Changing Consumer Behaviour
  • 3317 International Marketing
  • 3325 Rural Entrepreneurship
  • 3339 Livestock System Challenges and Solutions

The availability of electives to individual students will be dependent on timetabling considerations and on sufficient students electing to take part.

Disclaimer information

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Careers and graduate destinations

Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers within companies worldwide and within the following roles:
  • Bloodstock agent
  • Event manager
  • Equine journalist
  • Racehorse trainer
  • Farm quality control officer
  • Equine insurance

"I remember doing exercises where we took old farm yards and thought how could we develop this as an equestrian business and that's something I've actually gone on and done".

Dan Kubler, Graduate

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Entry requirements

Typical offers

Required: GCSE minimum five GCSEs at Grade C/4 including English Language and Mathematics (or Maths Numeracy for Welsh applicants) plus satisfactory level 3 qualifications:

  • A-Level: (Example grades CCC) – minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points (to include at least two A-Levels or equivalent qualifications)
  • C&G Advanced Technical/BTEC - Level 3 Extended Diploma (1080) at Merit-Merit-Merit
  • C&G NPTC/C&G Advanced Technical/BTEC - Level 3 Diploma (720), Extended Certificate (360) and 90-Credit Diploma (540) acceptable when accompanied by other Level 3 qualifications
  • International Baccalaureate: 26 points
  • Access to Higher Education: 45 credits at level 3, of which a minimum of 15 must be awarded at Distinction and 15 at Merit or higher (Pass at Functional Skills level 2 are accepted in lieu of GCSE English & Mathematics)

Other level 3 qualifications will be considered.

Visit the UCAS website to calculate your UCAS Tariff points from the qualifications and grades achieved.

You may also be eligible for a contextual offer if you’re from one of our link colleges, have been in care, from a non-white ethnic background, live in an area with low progression rates to university or you are a veteran/child of an armed forces family.

Flexible entry

The University welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. A wide range of qualifications and experience are accepted in order to join University degree programmes. The University always considers evidence of personal, professional (APL) and educational experience, (APEL), which show an ability to meet the demands of their intended programme of study.

Further information

Alternative entry routes are available for a range of other qualifications. Prior experience is also considered, subject to approval by the programme manager and admissions staff.

Read more general information about our entry requirements.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for one of our Foundation degree courses or another related degree course.

International students will also need to achieve IELTS Academic or equivalent at the appropriate level for your programme of study. English language requirements for international students.

For any further help, please contact our admissions team:  

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Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. This usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not repeat or trailing modules, re-sit fees or coursework resubmission). Any costs associated with work placements will be the student's responsibility.

2023-24 Applicants

For the academic year 2023-24 the tuition fees for this course are: 

  UK International
Full-time £9,250 per year £13,900 per year

For part-time study, please contact for further information.

Please also refer to the funding your time at university page.

Tuition fees may be subject to an inflationary increase each year as set out in our Access and Participation Plan 2019/20.

If you are an Irish national you can check if you meet the requirements for Home Fees. Please visit the UKCISA website and consult the pdf guide “England HE – who pays Home Fees”. First check category ‘3 years in Republic of Ireland/UK/Islands, settled in UK’ or ‘Brexit temporary offer for courses starting before 2028: Irish citizens with residence in Europe or overseas territories’. You will possibly need to be fee assessed when you submit an application for study to the RAU.


The University offers a wide range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the these, please visit the bursaries, awards and scholarships page.

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Ready to take the plunge? Apply now

Applications to study at the Royal Agricultural University must be made through the UCAS system. This applies to all undergraduate courses.

Applications should be made by the UCAS deadline to ensure we are able to offer you a place on your first choice course. However, if you have missed the deadline please contact as there are usually places available.

If you would like to apply during UCAS Extra or Clearing, please check that we have places available.

Applicants wishing to study on a course on a part-time basis will need to apply directly to the RAU.

Please contact to discuss your requirements and obtain an application form.