MSc Equitation Science

For 2020 start

Duchy College Stoke Climsland LEVEL: 7 Equine

The welfare of equines used and cared for by humans is an area of increasing scrutiny. As a result there is a need for evidence based practice within equestrianism, and a requirement for highly trained and skilled scientists and practitioners who can assist in the understanding of the horse-human interactions and associated expectations. This MSc considers not only the use of equines within mainstream equestrianism, but also in allied industries such as in conservation projects, therapy riding, public services and entertainment.

This MSc Equitation Science is a higher-level qualification that allows those with a good knowledge of equine science to further develop and focus their skills and to advance their knowledge of the science and practice underpinning equitation. During the course you will quickly appreciate the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to this complex and continually developing area.

As a full-time student, you will study six taught modules covering key aspects of equitation science including equine behaviour, training, psychology, nutrition, management, human attributes and technological developments. You will also gain a thorough appreciation of ethical and sustainable equitation and examine contemporary issues within equitation science.

Modules are continuously updated to incorporate recent research findings and reflect current thinking. This programme also offers you the opportunity to study a specific aspect of equitation practice in-depth as, having completed the taught modules, you will then conduct a three-month research project of your choice culminating in your dissertation.

This programme offers you the opportunity to study a subject that truly inspires and engages you. You will advance and expand your skills in a supportive and personal environment. You will be taught by staff that are not only academically acclaimed and well connected on an international level, but also accessible and genuinely interested in helping you to develop your potential and achieve personal goals. Through the staff you will also have access to specialist equitation science equipment and international level research ideas and findings to enhance your education and future employability.

To request an application form, please email: dce.admissions.office@duchy.ac.uk

Additional Costs (approximate costs in year 1): 

  • Optional study tour £300
  • Equitation Science polo shirt, sweatshirt £30
  • If you are riding: hat £50, boots £50, jodhpurs £25, warm coat £50
  • All students are encouraged to bring a laptop
  • Stationary as required

2020 BHS Approvals Hat Guide

Possible careers available with this qualification

  • Welfare Advisor or Industry Consultant
  • Lecturer or Researcher
  • Equestrian training
  • Equestrian journalism
  • Higher level management

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: Apply direct to the college
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: University of Plymouth
  • Fees: Fees Explained
Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (minimum 2:2) or equivalent in a relevant discipline. Candidates with experience in a relevant area are also encouraged to apply.

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Course Documents

Equine degree booklet Digital
MSc Equitation Science Handbook 2019-20
MSc Equitation Science Module Appendix Handbook (2019-20)


Indicative Modules

- Postgraduate Research Skills & Methods
- Ethical & Sustainable Equitation
- Horse-Human Interaction
- Contemporary Issues in Equitation Science
- Technological Developments and Applications
in Equitation Science
- Equine Nutrition & Management
- Research Project (Dissertation)

*Modules are subject to change and availability




MSc Equitation Science

Start Date



Stoke Climsland


1 year part time

MSc Equitation Science

Start Date



Stoke Climsland


3 years part time

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.

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If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk

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