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
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 employees. The practical and academic knowledge base that you build up with us on our equine science and business degree will enable you to grasp the growing number of opportunities available.
Those equine business opportunities are open to you as soon as you start, thanks to a work placement that will see you tap into our unrivalled network of industry contacts to gain transferable business skills to complement your studies. You could also see your research project featured in one of the many prestigious academic journals that regularly profile our students’ work.
Our well-connected and globally esteemed equine science teaching and research staff will help you to secure a 20-week work placement in the second year of this course, to extend your skill set and facilitate your career ambitions. Furthermore, the skills you gain during this critical period will set you up for your future, whether you continue in the equine or equestrian industry or look further afield.
Lectures, tutorials, laboratory exercises, demonstrations and visits are the mainstay of this equine science course, as is directed reading. Modules are assessed through essays, group work tasks and individual presentations via timed, unseen examinations at the end of each year.
The Research Project (dissertation) is an integral part of the course, leading to your 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.
Timetables are normally available one month before registration. 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 course are as follows:
- 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 individualized learning experience.
- 3002 Equine Developments
- 3015E Honours Research Project
- 3036 Advanced Equine Business Management
- 3224 Advances in Equine Science
- 3225 Negotiation in Business
Plus a 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.
The Royal Agricultural University is currently going through an internal review of its courses to ensure the best possible student experience through innovative teaching, learning and assessment in an industry-led context. As a result, the course information detailed here may be subject to some change. The course information will be updated by May 2018.
- 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.
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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.
For the academic year 2018-19 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£9,250 per year||£10,000 per year|
The tuition fees quoted for 2018/19 applicants may rise in line with inflation, subject to government policy.
For full details, please visit the fees and funding webpage.
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 top 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
You could find yourself working as:
- Event Manager
- Stud Manager
- Research Scientist
- Assistant Trainer
- Technical Sales Representative
On average over the past five years, 96% of our graduates have gone on to enter employment or further study within six months, 70% in graduate or professional positions.
Sarah Dolman, BSc (Hons) Applied Equine Science and Business graduate, 2015 - “I would thoroughly recommend the RAU to anyone looking to pursue a career in research. The lecturers have a genuine interest in your wellbeing and push you to achieve your full potential. After completing my undergraduate degree, I decided to further my education by completing a Masters by Research degree at the RAU working with a company called SoLab. Thanks to the RAU, I have now taken up a higher education lecturing position in equine science.”
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