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On our Equine Science degree you will study the reproduction, physiology, behaviour and nutrition of horses.
We run this course in partnership with Abingdon and Witney College. You'll be taught at Oxford Brookes with some sessions at Witney Campus and the college's stud farm at Common Leys. The farm runs as a racehorse stud producing youngstock for thoroughbred sales. So you have the chance to gain real-life commercial experience. And spend time with thoroughbreds as you learn about anatomy and genetics.
You will have opportunities to publish your own research and attend relevant conferences.
On graduating you will have an up-to-date understanding of scientific principles and management theories. As well as the skills to implement them, whether progressing into employment within the equine industry or elsewhere.
Possible careers include:
- Horse Breeder
- Equine Occupational Therapist
- Lab Technician
- Pedigree Analyst
- Artificial Inseminator
- Broodmare Manager
- Veterinary Assistant or Technician.
How to apply
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Questions about fees?
Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
Financial support and scholarships
Learning and assessment
Years 1 and 2 ground you in all aspects of equine science and thoroughbred management. The Skills for Life Scientists module will develop your data manipulation, statistics and IT skills.
In Year 2 you will study compulsory modules that deepen your understanding of the relationship between scientific and management principles. These are:
- Equine Medicines
- Veterinary Techniques
- Performance Science
You can also choose from a range of optional modules.
At the end of the year you will make an informed choice about where to spend your work placement.
In Year 3 you will spend the year on an industry placement either in the UK or abroad. You will experience your chosen career path. Many students also use this time to collect data for dissertations in their final year.
In your Final Year you will specialise further by choosing some optional modules. You will also produce a dissertation on a subject of your choice.
After you graduate
There is a range of employment opportunities for our graduates, and specialisation in your final year can help to determine your professional area.
Recent graduates have gained positions in racecourses, biomechanics consultancies, event management and further education colleges as lecturers. Others have secured roles in owner services at Weatherbys, gained entry into veterinary colleges or continued in higher education with a Veterinary Physiotherapy MSc, for example, or other postgraduate options, such as PhDs or MBAs.
Careers as equine scientists, yard managers, insurance agents, trainee accountants, nutritionists, journalists, facility managers and equine business advisers are also potential destinations.
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.