Year 1 modules provide a sound foundation in scientific principles, with anatomy and physiology, and industry knowledge, as well as introducing you to data manipulation and statistics. A feature of your first year are tutorials with your academic adviser (a member of the lecturing staff who is responsible for overseeing your academic progress). Tutorials are designed to help you adjust to academic life at university and establish good study habits.
Year 2 offers a mixture of compulsory and optional modules. With in-depth study in subjects such as Nutrition, Behaviour, Equine Medicines and Veterinary Techniques and Performance Science you will develop an appreciation of the close relationship between scientific and management principles. Other modules which you can study at this stage include Equestrian Event and Racecourse Management, Injury and Rehabilitation, Introduction to People Management and Haematology and Immunology.
In your final year the choice of optional modules including Equine Genetics, Equine Ethics and Welfare, International Stud Management and Equestrian Land Management, together with your dissertation if chosen will allow you to develop specialist knowledge. Throughout the degree emphasis is placed on transferable skills such as research methods, communication and IT.
As courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown below.
- Equine Business
- Equine Anatomy and Physiology (double)
- Equine Breeding and Stud Practice
- Practical Horse Husbandry
- Skills for Life Scientists (double)
- The Equine Industry
Year 2 and final year
- Dissertation or Final Project (double)
- Equestrian Event and Racecourse Management
- Equestrian Land Management
- Equine Behaviour
- Equine Ethics and Welfare
- Equine Genetics
- Equine Injury and Rehabilitation (double)
- Equine Medicine and Veterinary Techniques (double)
- Equine Nutrition
- Equine Performance Science
- Equine Endocrine and Reproductive Physiology
- Evolution and Animal Development (double)
- Haematology and Immunology
- Infection, Immunity and Immunology
- Independent Study in Life Sciences
- International Business
- International Stud Management
- Introduction to People Management
- Research Methods for Sport and Health Sciences
- Training and Developing the Athletic Horse
Trips are arranged by module leaders to strengthen the learning experience and help students to 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, Tattersalls sales as well as racecourses, training establishments and seed specialists.
Field trip costs: 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 (see 'contact us' for details) if you would like more information about the field trip(s) on this course.
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Free language courses for students - the Open Module
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.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
You will need to budget for public transport between Oxford Brookes and Abingdon and Witney College (Witney Campus) where practical sessions are held. This is mainly in semester 1.
You will need to purchase suitable clothing and footwear to work on the yard for practical’s. Optional branded clothing is available from the college.
There may also be additional costs for learning resources such as books, journals and printer credits to aid with the production of coursework.
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