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Equine Science and Thoroughbred Management

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2021 / September 2022

Course length

Full time: 4 years, including a 1-year industry placement

Part time: part-time study is possible

UCAS Tariff Points



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
  • Academic.
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How to apply

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

For more information about how we are supporting applicants impacted by Covid-19, please see our information for applicants page.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30


Further offer details

Preferred subjects include: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physical Education.

We seek to admit students who have the potential to make good scientists and accept that qualifications are not the only indicator of future potential. Typical offers also include:

  • A-level grades BB plus 2 AS-levels at grade C (equivalent to 112 UCAS Tariff points for 2017 entry). Students studying more than one science subject may receive a lower offer
  • 1 12-unit vocational A-level at grade BB plus 1 A-level or 2 AS-levels at grade C
  • other recognised qualifications, eg BTEC Nationals or Scottish qualifications (equivalent to 112 UCAS Tariff points).

If your combination of qualifications doesn't match our typical offer, please contact our admissions tutor.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics, English Language and Double Integrated Science (or equivalent) at grade C minimum

You must have studied science post-16, either at A-level or equivalent. 

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.

Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home (UK) applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International / EU full time

International / EU sandwich (placement)

Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to OfS confirmation)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to OfS confirmation)

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International / EU full time

International / EU sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International / EU full time

International / EU sandwich (placement)

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to OfS confirmation)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to OfS confirmation)

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International / EU full time

International / EU sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

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. 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 students at the maximum permitted level.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

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.

You will need to budget for public transport between Oxford Brookes and Abingdon and Witney College (Witney Campus). From there, a college minibus with take you to the Common Leys stud farm where practical sessions are held. This is mainly in semester 1. 

There will also be additional costs for learning resources such as books, stationery and for the production of coursework.

Field trips

Your course tuition fee covers the cost of all mandatory field trips. The cost of an optional field trip is not included in your course tuition fee, and a separate fee will apply. Please contact our Enquiry Centre if you would like more information about the field trip(s) on this course.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements. In the event of changes made to the government advice and social distancing rules by national or local government, the University may need to make further alterations to the published course content. Detailed information on the changes will be sent to every student on confirmation in August to ensure you have all the information before you come to Oxford Brookes.

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.

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Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

The Practicing Scientist (double)

Equine Anatomy and Physiology (double)

Equine Business

The International Equine and Thoroughbred Racing Industry

Equine Behaviour and Cognition

Applied Equine Health

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Research methods

Equestrian Land and Resource Management 1

Thoroughbred Breeding and Stud Practice (double)

Equine Nutrition (double)

Exercise Physiology

Optional modules

Equine Event and Racecourse Management


Year 3 (placement year)

Optional modules

Placement year

Year 3 will be spent on work placement at a thoroughbred institution of your choice, either in the UK or abroad. Students have worked in thoroughbred marketing, at racecourses, equine rehabilitation centres and international thoroughbred studs, with bloodstock agents, and for well-recognised thoroughbred trainers. Market research indicates that the thoroughbred industry places great value on work experience, providing you with a distinct advantage in the graduate job market. Any research undertaken, or data collected, during this time may be used to form the basis of your final-year dissertation project, subject to gaining permission from your employer.

Year 4

Compulsory modules


Ethics for Racing and Sports Horses

Advanced Development for the racing and performance equine athlete

Applied Equine Rehabilitation (double)

Bloodstock Production and Management

Industry Placement and Personal Development 2

Optional modules

Equestrian Land and Resource Management 2

Equine Event and Racecourse Management


Critical Care of the Neonate

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

The majority of teaching takes place here at Oxford Brookes. In the first year, you will spend one day a week at the stud farm At Witney & Abingdon College.

The farm runs as a commercial enterprise so you will gain real-life experience of the day-to-day management of a stud farm. Facilities include modern dissection laboratories for teaching anatomy and physiology modules.
We organise guest lectures and external visits. This helps you to stay informed about the latest research in the industry.

You will also have opportunities to take part in research or commercial projects.

Other teaching methods include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • group projects
  • independent research.

Field trips

Trips are arranged by module leaders to strengthen the learning experience and help link theory to practice. Visits in recent years have included a variety of studs, artificial insemination and embryo transfer specialist centres, UK and international conferences and Tattersalls sales, as well as racecourses, training establishments and seed specialists.

For field trip costs see the Tuition fees section. 


Assessment methods used on this course

Throughout the course we place emphasis on transferable skills. We assess these skills during individual modules. 
We use a variety of assessment methods.
At least 50% of the assessment in all modules is coursework-based. Project work is assessed entirely by coursework.

Study Abroad

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

Career prospects

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.

Information from Discover Uni

Full-time study

Part-time study

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.