The three year full-time degree programme has been carefully designed to enable students to develop appropriate scientific skills and knowledge to prepare for a career within scientific support and management of the performance horse.

The BSc (Hons) Equine Science has access to excellent teaching facilities across all subject areas, with the Equine Centre and laboratories playing a pivotal role.

Sparsholt College combines the professional teaching environment of the BHS-approved Equine Centre with cutting-edge teaching resources and expert staff. The College’s Equine team are all BHS qualified and bring extensive industry experience, and the centre has hosted equine leaders such as the Australian Paralympic Equestrian Team for their London 2012 pre-Olympic Games training and research by world famous equestrian expert Monty Roberts.

Our staff are regularly called upon to present their research at conferences and events, as well as encouraging industry-relevant student research, for example in conjunction with food manufacturers.

Teaching and Learning

Our excellent learning resources will enable you to develop riding and husbandry skills in Year 1, through to using the laboratory resources for your dissertation in Year 3. For example, a Year 3 student recently completed a study analysing stress levels in horses being trained by conventional methods and those of more modern methods. Year 1 students also work collaboratively with Year 3 BSc Equine Studies students to manage an inter-college event each year.

Optional units in Year 3 will enable you to choose a study path appropriate to your career needs with a focus on equine science subjects including Equine Exercise Physiology and Equine Genetics.
Delivery of the course is complemented by a range of visits to studs, sports horse centres and veterinary centres with guest speakers in nutrition, physiotherapy, genetics, exercise science and other subjects.
An international study tour is invaluable in widening your awareness of the equine industry, as well as being great fun and a chance to get to know your fellow students better.

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