Nottingham Trent University: Equine Performance, Health and Welfare (MSc)

InstitutionNottingham Trent University View institution profile
Department School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Science
Telephone +44(0)115 848 4200
Study type Taught


This suite of postgraduate courses provides a thorough understanding of equine health, performance and welfare within the context of the human use of horses. The courses have been designed to meet the growing number of equestrian professions that require a high level of theoretical knowledge, and strong research skills.

This suite of courses is unique in the UK. The courses focus on the recent advances in equine health and disease, sports horse nutrition, behaviour, ethics, exercise physiology, equitation science, and genetics in the context of enhancing equine performance, health and welfare.

They combine advanced research and academic skills with applied science skills. We are one of the few universities in the UK to offer taught multidisciplinary modules that develop the scientific expertise and understanding that employers are looking for.

You’ll study the current issues and insights at the forefront of equine performance, health and welfare, and the philosophical, ethical and legal issues related to these. You’ll gain insight into the latest scientific research findings, and critically examine these in a practical context. The research project enables you to undertake and develop your own research interests with the support of experienced supervisors.

The MRes courses offer you the chance to develop even further your understanding of equine research and specialise within the fields of either performance or health and welfare. On these courses, you’ll enhance your research expertise, enabling you to analyse and report findings to a high scientific standard, and communicate them to a wide range of audiences.

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Qualification MSc
Level RQF Level 7
Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2.2 or equivalent honours biological sciences degree. In the absence of the above requirement, applicants will be considered according to the following criteria: mature students with non-traditional qualifications at degree level and a minimum of 5 years relevant work experience, acquired in the UK or internationally may be considered; such other qualification(s) and experience as the admissions panel deem to be equivalent in subject content and level of attainment. These will be assessed following an interview with the prospective student, who will be asked to provide oral and written evidence of attainments.


Performance is assessed by written assignments, dissertation, oral presentation and examinations.


Modules include: Research Methods and Data Analysis; Ethics and Consultation; Ethology and Welfare; Equine Health; Equestrian Performance; Research Project.

Location Brackenhurst Campus
Brackenhurst Lane
NG25 0QF


EU 7800 GBP for Whole course
International 13900 GBP for Whole course
England 7800 GBP for Whole course
Scotland 7800 GBP for Whole course
Wales 7800 GBP for Whole course
Northern Ireland 7800 GBP for Whole course

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