Applied Equine Science and Business
This course will provide you with a grounding in the scientific and business skills essential to the current equine industry.
UCAS code: L5BB
Mode of studyFull time / Part time
Programme managerDr Andrew Hemmings
Over recent years, many exciting and dynamic career opportunities have become available within the expanding equine industry. Building upon its impressive knowledge base and unrivalled network of industry contacts, the RAU has developed a degree which produces graduates with the skills and aptitude to meet the demands of the equine and equestrian world in the years ahead.
This course provides you with a grounding in the scientific and business skills essential to the current equine industry. You’ll develop an understanding of recent developments in equine research which will help you to respond to the challenges facing traditional equine businesses.
Equine students frequently publish material from their dissertation research in academic journals, and present findings at national and international conferences.
The course will be delivered through a series of lectures, tutorials, case studies, directed reading, laboratory practical exercises, demonstrations and visits.
Modules are assessed through a range of methods, including essays, group work tasks and individual presentations. There are timed, unseen examinations at the end of each year.
The Research Project (dissertation) is an integral part of the course, the successful completion of which leads to the BSc (Hons) classification. It provides essential experience in the design and execution of a research project focussing on either science or business subject matter, with a view to publication of any significant findings.
You’ll complete a 20-week work placement in the second year of the course, which enhances and develops key transferable skills. In conjunction with University staff, students are encouraged to organise placements that extend their current skill set, and align with career goals. Overall, this is an excellent opportunity to develop a range of links within the growing equine industry.
- 1003 Business Environment
- 1010 Equine Industry
- 1033 Business Finance
- 1034 Personal Development Planning
- 1040 Equine Evolutionary Anatomy
- 1247 Breeding and Genetics
- 1248 Equine Bioveterinary Science 1
- 1249 Nutritional biochemistry and Feeding
- 2014 Equine Law
- 2036 Sandwich Placement Incorporating Personal Development Planning
- 2069 Rural Business Enterprise
- 2074 Equine Grassland Management
- 2076 Equine Alternative and Complementary Therapies
- 2166 Equine Business Finance & Taxation
- 2252 Equine Research and Ethics
- 2253 Equine Bioveterinary Science 2
In the third year you’ll select specialist electives and complete a research project on a topic of your own choice, giving you a truly individual learning experience.
- 3002 Equine Developments
- 3015E Honours Research Project
- 3036 Advanced Equine Business Management
- 3224 Advances in Equine Science
- 3225 Negotiation in Business
Plus choice of THREE elective modules selected from:
- 3009 Agricultural and Equine Journalism
- 3011 Rural Business Diversification
- 3034 Marketing Communication
- 3038 Critical Issues in Organisations
- 3040 Management Accounting
- 3041 Corporate Finance
- 3058 Equine Behaviour and Welfare
- 3059E Equine Genetics
- 3078 Equine Performance Nutrition
- 3081 Consumer Behaviour
- 3091 Equine Event Management
- 3200 Equine Health
- 3206 Equine Breeding Management
- 3217 Advances in Training the Equine Athlete
- 3226 The Irish Bloodstock Industry (Study tour)
Course modules are subject to change.
- A Level: CCC – min.96 UCAS Tariff points (to include at least two A Level passes – Desirable to have one science subject. For Science subject: Pass in practical element is not required.)
- BTEC: MMM
- GCSE: (Minimum five GCSEs) - English and Mathematics (or Maths Numeracy for Welsh applicants) at Grade C / 4 or higher are required.
- International Baccalaureate: 26 points, desirable to include one science or technology subject at higher level.
- Access to HE: 45 credits at level 3, of which 15 must be awarded at Distinction. (Pass at Literacy & Numeracy skills at level 2 are accepted in lieu of GCSE English & Mathematics)
- A period of practical experience is also highly recommended.
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.
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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 students responsibility.
- Fees for 2017 Applicants
UK and EU students
Full-time fees - £9,250 per year
Full-time fees - £10,000 per year
The tuition fees quoted for 2017 applicants may rise in line with inflation, subject to government policy.
For full details, please visit the fees and funding webpage.
- Fees for 2016 Applicants
UK and EU students
Full-time fees - £9,000 per year
Full-time fees - £10,000 per year
The University offers a wide range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the scholarships, awards and bursaries available, please visit the scholarships webpage.
Our students have been entering responsible scientific and managerial positions in the equine industry for more than two decades. Graduates pursuing the science-based route have found employment in feed companies, laboratories, universities and veterinary clinics. Those with business based aspirations start exciting careers in the management of stud farms, racecourses and organisations overseeing equestrian sports. A list of recent graduate destinations is given below:
- Haygain (forage health specialists)
- Dengie Horse Feeds
- Newbury Racecourse
- Highclere Castle
- Juddmonte Stud
- Barton Stud
- Tattersalls sales venue
- Blair Castle Horse Trials
- DS Event and Charity Solutions
- Equinome (pioneers of the speed gene test)
- Weatherbys (Thoroughbred breed registry, insurers and bankers)
- National Trainers Federation
Within these destinations graduates fulfil a wide range of roles:
- Event Manager
- Stud Manager
- Research Scientist
- Assistant Trainer
- Technical Sales Representative
Applications to study at the Royal Agricultural University must be made through the UCAS system. This applies to all undergraduate courses.
Applications need to be made by the UCAS deadline to ensure we are able to offer you a place on your first choice course.
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.
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