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Equine Science and Thoroughbred Management
Our Equine Science and Thoroughbred Management course is the only degree of its kind in the UK.
We teach this course in partnership with Abingdon and Witney College. Most of the teaching is here at Oxford Brookes, with some sessions at the college's stud farm at Witney Campus.
Our partnership with the Common Leys stud means that you will put theory into practice. You will:
- spend time with thoroughbreds as you learn about anatomy and genetics
- see youngstock reared and sold from the stud
- deepen your understanding of what makes a good racehorse.
Raising thoroughbreds is a billion-pound international industry. As a result there is a demand for highly qualified professionals. Possible careers include:
- Racehorse Manager
- Horse Breeder
- Stud Farm Manager
- Equine Occupational Therapist
- Horse Trainer
How to apply
Questions about fees?
Questions about fees?
Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.
Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.
Learning and assessment
Years 1 and 2 will give you a good grounding in all aspects of equine science and thoroughbred management.
Year 1 modules include:
- Equine Breeding
- Stud Practice
- The International Thoroughbred Industry
- Equine Anatomy and Physiology
- Skills for Life Scientists.
In Year 2 you’ll study a combination of compulsory and optional modules to deepen your understanding. You will also make an informed choice about where to spend your work placement.
You will spend Year 3 on placement in industry either in the UK or abroad. You can elect to spend time in one or more locations and we encourage you to use this time to explore the industry. Many students also use this time to collect data for dissertations in their final year.
In your Final Year you will choose from a range of optional modules, such as:
- Equine Genetics
- Training and Developing the Racehorse
- Equine Ethics and Welfare
- International Stud Management
- Equestrian Land Management.
You will also write a dissertation about a subject that suits your interests.
- Lectures and seminars
- Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)
Year 3 (placement year)
Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.
Many students undertake their work experience abroad and this enriches their final year of study. Students have worked in large veterinary hospitals and international thoroughbred breeding centres in Australia, the USA and Ireland.
After you graduate
This course will equip you for a variety of roles in research, business and industry. Contacts made in the industry placement and specialisation in Years 3 and 4 will help to determine your career path. Recent graduates have secured roles at Coolmore Stud in Australia, Dalham Hall Stud in the UK, Newbury racecourse, the British Horseracing Authority and various non-thoroughbred enterprises.
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. Other potential destinations include careers as equine scientists, yard managers, insurance agents, bloodstock agents, trainee accountants, nutritionists, journalists, facility managers and equine business advisers, and roles in nominations sales and pharmaceutical sales, as well as non-equine marketing and HR positions.
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.
Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.