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Equine Science (Online Distance Learning) MSc, PgDip, PgCert, PgProfDev

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MSc Equine Science (Online Distance Learning) (ICL) - 6 Years (Part-time Intermittent Study)
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PgDip Equine Science (Online Distance Learning) (ICL) - 4 Years (Part-time Intermittent Study)
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PgCert Equine Science (Online Distance Learning) (ICL) - 2 Years (Part-time Intermittent Study)
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PG Professional Development in Equine Science (Online Distance Learning) (ICL) - 2 Years (Part-time Intermittent Study)
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Where available, individual programme fees are linked above. For details information on fee status, policies and payment see:

If you are studying on a part-time intermittent basis, you will pay for each course as you study.

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Contact information
Bryony Lancaster (Taught Postgraduate Programmes Co-ordinator)
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 8783
Email: equine.science@ed.ac.uk
Dr Neil Hudson (Programme Director)
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 6236
Email: equine.science@ed.ac.uk
Address: Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
Easter Bush Veterinary Centre
Easter Bush
Roslin
EH25 9RG

This programme involves an in-depth scientific approach to managing health and welfare, reproduction, behaviour, nutrition and exercise for horses. You will also learn how to practically apply a scientific approach to benefit horse health, welfare and performance.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree, with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK), in veterinary science or a biological science, with subject areas including zoology, animal/equine science or pharmacology/pharmacy.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the 'Enabling Skills' sections are not considered)
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)

If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2015 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.

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How to apply

You must submit a reference with your application.

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

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Programme description

Our online Equine Science programme at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is the first and only to be mounted within an international centre of veterinary excellence.

Delivered through our online learning environment, our programme gives students detailed knowledge and understanding of equine science and its applications.

It is also excellent preparation for future independent research or a PhD programme.

Programme structure

The taught part of the programme consists of a series of courses, while the final year is devoted to a dissertation.

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 10,000-15,000 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.

Read more about how the programme is structured:

Programme duration

The full MSc Equine Science programme can be completed within two years if students wish to study several courses at any one time so all taught courses are completed in one year and the second year is devoted to a dissertation project.

Alternatively students can take up to 6 years to complete the full MSc programme and there is also the option to graduate with either an Equine Science postgraduate certificate or diploma.

Postgraduate Professional Development

If you are looking for a shorter course option, we offer online credit-bearing courses which run for 11 weeks at a time. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit.

You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses through our Postgraduate Professional Development scheme. These credits will be recognised in their own right at postgraduate level, or may be put towards gaining a higher award, such as a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc.

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

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; and welfare organisations such as the RSPCA, WSPA and LPH.

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