MSc, PgDip, PgCert Online

Equine Science (Online Learning)

72 months
1915 GBP/module
1915 GBP/module
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This Equine Science (Online Learning) programme from The University of Edinburgh involves an in-depth scientific approach to managing health and welfare, reproduction, behaviour, nutrition and exercise for horses. 


You will learn how to practically apply a scientific approach to benefit:

  • horse health
  • welfare 
  • performance

This Equine Science (Online Learning) programme from The University of Edinburgh is the first and only Equine Science programme to be hosted within an international centre of veterinary excellence. It provides students with detailed knowledge and understanding of equine science and its applications and is excellent preparation for enhancing your equine career or future independent research such as a a PhD.

Career opportunities

Graduates from this research-rich, taught MSc will be prepared for employment in research establishments, such as:

  • universities and research institutions
  • industry, such as feed companies, stud farms, pharmaceuticals and consultancy firms
  • government organisations, such as ADAS and DEFRA
  • welfare organisations such as the RSPCA, WSPA and WHW

Programme Structure

Certificate and Diploma courses:

  • Research Methods in Equine Science
  • Equine Digestion and Nutrition
  • Equine Behaviour and Welfare
  • Equine Orthopaedics
  • Equine Reproduction 
  • Equitation Science
  • Equine Exercise Physiology

Your final year dissertation of a maximum of 9,000 words will allow you to analyse and present relevant research data that you have collected yourself. Alternatively, you can undertake desk study to explore and develop your own area of interest.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 72 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits
  • MSc - 180
  • PgDip - 120
  • PgCert - 60
  • PgProfDev - 50



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in veterinary science or a biological science, with subject areas including zoology, animal/equine science or pharmacology/pharmacy.
  • We may also consider your application if you have a science degree that is below a 2.1 qualification, or you are an experienced veterinary nurse or farrier, or a degree in a non-science subject, and you hold Level 2 or above British Horse Society qualifications and/or have a minimum of 3 years’ experience working with or caring for horses. You may be admitted to Certificate or Diploma level only in the first instance. Please contact the Equine Science Programme team before applying. 

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    1915 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1915 GBP per module during 72 months.
  • National

    1915 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1915 GBP per module during 72 months.
  • MSc: 20 credits £1,915; 60 credits £5,735 
  • PgDip, PgCert, PgProfDev: 20 credits £1,915



Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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