B.Sc. Equine Science and Thoroughbred Management

In Oxford

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  • Typology

    Bachelor's degree

  • Location



This Equine Science and Thoroughbred Management four-year course is the only dedicated degree of its kind in the UK. It is a joint venture between Oxford Brookes University and Abingdon and Witney College, with teaching mainly at Oxford Brookes, but also some sessions at Witney Campus and the college's stud farm.




Oxford (Oxfordshire)
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Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane, OX3 0BP


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  • Management
  • IT Management
  • Industry
  • International
  • Project
  • Skills and Training
  • Physiology
  • Teaching
  • University

Course programme

Course Content

The modules taken during Year 1 include Equine Breeding and Stud Practice, The International Thoroughbred Industry, and Equine Anatomy and Physiology. Our Skills for Life Scientists module will develop your data handling, statistics and IT skills. A feature of your first year is a series of tutorials with your academic adviser (a member of the teaching staff responsible for overseeing your academic progress). The tutorials are designed to help you adjust to academic life at university and establish good study habits.

Further in-depth study in these areas during Year 2, by selection of compulsory and optional modules, will extend your knowledge and help you make an informed choice of where to spend your third year in industry.

Year 3 will be spent on work placement at a thoroughbred institution of your choice, either in the UK or abroad. You are encouraged to use this time to explore the industry, and can elect to spend time in one or more locations. Many students also use this time to collect data for dissertations in their final year.

In your final year the choice of optional modules, including Equine Genetics, Thoroughbred Industry Placement project, Injury and Rehabilitation of the Racehorse, Training and Developing the Racehorse, Equine Ethics and Welfare, International Stud Management, and Equestrian Land Management, together with your dissertation, will allow you to develop specialist knowledge.

Study modules

As courses are reviewed regularly, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown below.Year 1
  • Equine Anatomy and Physiology
  • Equine Bioscience
  • Equine Breeding and Stud Practice
  • Equine Business
  • International Thoroughbred Industry
  • Practical Horse Husbandry
  • Skills for Life Scientists (double)
  • The International Thoroughbred Industry
Year 2 and Final Year
  • Applied Thoroughbred Industry Project
  • Dissertation or Final Project (double)
  • Equestrian Event and Racecourse Management
  • Equestrian Land Management
  • Equine Behaviour
  • Equine Ethics and Welfare
  • Equine Genetics
  • Equine Medicine and Veterinary Techniques (double)
  • Equine Nutrition
  • Equine Performance Science
  • Equine Reproductive Physiology and Endocrinology
  • Evolution and Animal Development (double)
  • Haematology and Immunology
  • Independent Study in Life Sciences
  • Infection, Immunity and Immunology
  • Injury and Rehabilitation of the Racehorse (double)
  • International Business
  • International Stud Management
  • Introduction to People Management
  • Microbiology
  • Research Methods for Sport and Health Sciences
  • Training and Developing the Racehorse

B.Sc. Equine Science and Thoroughbred Management

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