Equine degree courses

Become an employable and dynamic graduate with a degree that delivers a blend of equine science and business, along with agriculture based subject matter.

Based in the Cotswolds, you are ideally positioned to take full advantage of world-leading sporting venues, including Cheltenham Racecourse and Badminton Horse Trials. Due to our close links with equine enterprises, you can gain a firsthand appreciation of the business aspects and the day-to-day running of equestrian sporting events.

Gain transferable skills in science and business and complete an industry work placement to boost your employability. You will be equipped to progress to managerial positions in companies such as Dengie, bloodstock and equestrian accountants including Smith and Williamson and laboratories such as Plusvital Equinome. 

You will be taught by a team of research-active and industry-linked staff with decades of teaching experience between them. Members of the equine team publish their work in internationally-renowned journals and we enjoy industry derived research sponsorship from companies such as Haygain Natural Animal Feeds.

Throughout your time with us, we will support and nurture your career aspirations in the global equine sector.

BSc (Hons) Applied Equine Science and Business

Student working in RAU Fosshill stablesGain a solid grounding in both scientific and business skills and grasp the growing number of opportunities available through our network of industry contacts.

As well as benefitting from a blend of practical exercises and academic knowledge, you will gain essential experience with a work placement. 


Equine science and business with foundationBSc (Hons) Applied Equine Science and Business with Foundation Year 

This degree course with a foundation year incorporates an extra year of study at the start of your course, so that you can progress with confidence. The equine industry generates huge amounts of revenue for some of the world’s major economies, which are increasingly on the lookout for bright, skilled graduates. 


BSc (Hons) Bloodstock and Performance Horse Management

Horse and rider clearing a fence at Cheltenham RacesIf you aspire to to have a career in the thoroughbred or sports horse industry, our specialist Bloodstock and Performance Horse Management course will teach you all you need to know about training, breeding, racecourse management and enterprise.

Industry experience is at the heart of this degree with a work placement in your second year, and visits to leading racing businesses in Newmarket and Ireland.


Bloodstock degree with foundation yearBSc (Hons) Bloodstock and Performance Horse Management with Foundation Year

This specialist course compares science and business practices to those within the sports horse industry and equips you with the skills to step into the professional world. With an incorporated foundation year at the start of this course, you will develp the skills and confidence to progress throughout your degree.


BSc (Hons) International Equine and Agricultural Business Management

Horses exercising on the beachBecome a multi-skilled graduate with a thorough grounding in agricultural and equine developments, equine science, business including marketing, finance, law and negotiating skills.

You will also delve into the changing dynamics of the UK horse industry, as well as international equine business and science, covering Northwest Europe, the USA, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia.


International equine agricultural business management foundationBSc (Hons) International Equine and Agricultural Business Management with Foundation Year

This degree course with a foundation year incorporates an extra year of study at the start of your course, so that you can progress with confidence. It will develop the skills you need for your later studies. 

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.


BSc (Hons) Equine Studies (Top-up)

Horses jumping in front of sunsetIf you are looking for a course that offers you real flexibility and advances your scientific, management and entrepreneurial knowledge, this course is for you.

Coming from a Foundation degree or HND background, you will be able to tailor your studies to develop skills including horse breeding and genetics, biosecurity, event management and journalism.


Your horse can come too!

Fossehill is the home of the Royal Agricultural University equine enterprise, situated in glorious Cotswold countryside and within easy reach of the main University campus. RAU Fossehill is a commercial unit providing DIY livery, as well as supporting the RAU with equestrian education and academic research.