Programme structure

The programme begins in September and runs part-time over a period of 3-6 years. The Equine Science Programme Pathways document can be downloaded from this page.

The programme is structured to allow sequential progression via certificate, diploma and MSc phases (final year). However, it is also possible to exit at the certificate or diploma phase. The certificate year can be studied over 1-2 years, the diploma year can be studied over 2-4 years and the full Masters can take from between 3-6 years to complete depending on how much time you have to dedicate to studying per academic year.

Thus, the programme is very flexible and students can also opt to take time out if work or family life impact too much on study time. Moreover, it is also possible to pay by course to help spread the cost of your studies.

Delivered using a blend of online learning methods, the programme is supported by the University’s award winning online learning environments.

Equine Science Programme Pathways

Download the Equine Science Programme Pathways document.

The Certificate & Diploma phases

The certificate phase comprises three compulsory courses which can be chosen from the options below. Each course is taught over a period of 10 weeks. The diploma phase comprises of six compulsory courses which can also be chosen from the options below. If students are indending to continue onto the final , masters phase then the Research Methods in Equine Science is a prerequisite.

Course Credits
Equine Digestion and Nutrition 20
Equine Behaviour and Welfare 20
Equine Orthopaedics 20
Equine Reproduction 20
Equine Exercise Physiology 20
Equitation Science 20
Research Methods Data Analysis (Equine Science) 20

Phase 3: The MSc phase - The dissertation

During the dissertation element of the programme, students will have the opportunity to further develop their scientific skills and use scientific theory, in a less structured environment.

The dissertation is a written assignment of 9000 words. This will allow the candidate to analyse and present relevant research data that they have already collected during the course of their own work. Alternatively, the candidate may wish to undertake a desk study to explore and develop a theme of relevance to their current working environment, or in an area of interest that has arisen during their period of study on the programme.

This feature will require a high level of commitment and application from the candidate and provides a valuable exercise in the writing and presentation of information to a standard that engages appropriately with academic conventions in relation to style, tone, structuring and referencing.

Supervision for this element of the programme will be provided by existing research staff and subject experts currently employed by the University of Edinburgh. Candidates will also be encouraged, where appropriate, to work closely with senior staff at their home institutions.

Overview of structure of the programme

Weeks 1 - 10(Sept-Nov) Weeks 11 - 20(Jan-Mar) Weeks 21 - 30(Apr-Jun)
Equine Digestion & Nutrition Equine Behaviour & Welfare Research Methods Data Analysis (Equine Science)
Equine Orthopaedics Equine Reproduction Equine Exercise Physiology
    Equitation Science
Dissertation Dissertation Dissertation

The taught curriculum is completed entirely online from one's own home or office during times that are convenient to the schedule of today's busy individual, and is comprised of study guides, lecture notes, textbook and journal excerpts, and online assessments. A key feature of the programme is the interactive online discussions, which enable students from a range of disciplines to bring unique perspectives to a variety of subjects. Online discussion groups offer students additional opportunities to interact with teaching staff and peers.