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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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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 Waggett (Taught Postgraduate Programmes Co-ordinator)
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 8783
Email: Equine.Science@ed.ac.uk
Caroline Hahn (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 minimum score
  • IELTS Academic module: 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each section)
Other accepted tests and scores
  • TOEFL-iBT: 92 (with at least 20 in all sections)
  • PTE: 61 (with no score lower than 56 in each of the 'Communicative Skills' sections - 'Enabling Skills' section scores are not considered)
  • CPE: Grade B; CAE: Grade A

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How to apply

Supporting documentation must be uploaded together with your application. You should have all this documentation ready before you start the process. If you do not upload these documents, this will delay the application process.

The closing date for applications for September 2014 is 22 August 2014. The closing date for applications for January 2015 is 15 December 2014.

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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 10-15,000 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.

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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