Equine Studies (Top-up)
This course enables students from Foundation Degree and HND backgrounds in equine science, equine business management and related subject areas to develop their knowledge and understanding within a dynamic learning environment.
UCAS code: D422
Mode of studyFull time / Part time
Programme managerDr Andrew Hemmings
If you are looking for an equine studies course that offers you the flexibility you need as you advance your scientific, management and entrepreneurial knowledge base in a dynamic learning environment, this is the ideal solution.
Coming from a Foundation Degree or HND background, you will be able to tailor your studies to take in any number of the equine industry’s fascinating aspects and offshoots into the professional realm, including equine breeding, event management and journalism.
Our equine studies course is a reliable springboard to further research or employment in the racecourse industry, equine media, consultancy or any number of avenues successfully pursued by our former graduates. Should your studies inspire you to go further, you may transition onto either our taught or research led MSc programmes.
Do you wish to specialise in equine nutrition or genetics? Or does your business management experience steer you towards an interest in consumer trends and marketing? Whatever your preference, you can elect to study modules that reflect your aspirations once you have completed two core modules. Your dissertation is yet another opportunity to hone your expertise with a research subject of your choosing.
You will find yourself immersed in the subject via lectures, seminars, group projects, visits, and laboratory demonstrations. Modules are assessed through research projects, examinations, presentations, and case studies.
The Research Project (dissertation) is an integral part of the course, leading to your BSc (Hons) classification. It is yet another opportunity to hone your expertise by researching a subject of your choosing.
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:
- 3015E Honours Research Project
- 3058 Equine Behaviour and Welfare
- 3200 Equine Health
Plus a choice of FOUR electives, examples given below:
- 3009 Agricultural and Equine Journalism
- 3011 Rural Business Diversification
- 3034 Marketing Communications
- 3041 Corporate Finance
- 3059E Equine Genetics
- 3078 Equine Performance Nutrition
- 3081 Consumer Behaviour
- 3091 Event Management
- 3093 Farmland Ecology
- 3206 Equine Breeding Management
Course modules are subject to change.
This course is subject to revalidation.
The Royal Agricultural University is currently going through an internal review of its curriculum to ensure the best possible student experience through innovative teaching, learning and assessment in an industry-led context. The new curriculum will be fully launched in 2018 and will be designed to meet current and future needs of students and employers. As a result the course information detailed here is subject to some change. We will endeavour to ensure that the information is as up to date as possible, with the finalised curriculum then being published in May 2018. If you have any questions about the course or about the curriculum review please don’t hesitate to contact us email@example.com
- A foundation degree or a HND award (merit) in a subject related to the Honours degree.
- Depending on previous studies, you may be required to complete additional ‘bridging’ studies prior to enrolling on the Honours course in order to cover identified gaps in previous learning.
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 student's 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 graduates go on to pursue a range of careers in the equine, equestrian and related industries. Typical employers include:
- Larger stud farm enterprises
- Equine media
- Academic institutions
- Equine feed companies
- Equine nutrition and genetic consultancy services
- Research centres/laboratories
- Horse sport administrators (e.g. Weatherbys)
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 managerial positions.
Renshuai Yi, BSc (Hons) Equine Studies (Top-up) graduate, 2014 - “This is a brilliant course that combines equine science with business management modules. Lectures provided the solid, theoretical knowledge base, while the practical lab and farm sessions and trips to businesses provided the hands-on experience. After graduation, I was offered a place on the Godolphin Flying Start programme, and will spend two years travelling across five countries to gain experience of the international thoroughbred racing industry. The knowledge and contacts I have built through the RAU are the keys for my career development.”
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.
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