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Equine Behaviour and Welfare, BSc (Hons)

Hartpury University, the United Kingdom

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About Equine Behaviour and Welfare, BSc (Hons) - at Hartpury University

If you're passionate about the human-horse relationship from an equine welfare perspective, and want to understand how horses interpret our world to enhance their wellbeing, then this is the ideal course for you. You don't need to ride horses, you simply need a keen interest in horse behaviour, learning and welfare.

During your degree, you'll develop your understanding of contemporary ethical approaches to horse training and management based on the most up-to-date scientific research, applying theory to practice in real-world settings including our commercial equine yard that's home to 230 horses and riders of all levels.

We'll support you to adopt an innovative and scientific mind-set, building both specialist and transferable skills to help you stand out when you graduate. Alongside developing equine-specific expertise, you'll refine entrepreneurial and leadership skills. Work placements will enable you to build a successful career while improving the wider industry.

Graduate opportunities are diverse and could include working for equine charities and welfare organisations or with individuals to improve horse-rider relationships. Graduates of this course will play a vital role in education and implementation of best practice.

Learn more about Equine Behaviour and Welfare, BSc (Hons) - at Hartpury University

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Fees, Funding and Scholarships at Hartpury University

Hartpury has a number of scholarships and bursaries available to support students from outside the UK.

You can apply for more than one bursary, but only one bursary will be awarded (usually the highest value for which you're eligible).

Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship

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Student reviews of Hartpury University

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Hartpury is an amazing place with an amazing campus. You really get to know the people around you and make a close family.

WONGA MATUBATUBA

Wonga is from Johannesburg, South Africa and is a student on Hartpury’s BSc (Hons) Agriculture with integrated placement year programme. He has successfully applied to join the Breaking Barriers Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) Scholarship scheme 2023, run in partnership with McDonald's UK and Ireland.

Why Hartpury?

“I chose to study at Hartpury after being offered a Rugby scholarship there. I thought an Agriculture degree would really uplift my farming knowledge and help me back home commercially.

Hartpury is an amazing place with an amazing campus. You really get to know the people around you and make a close family.

As an international student leaving home for the first time, my classmates and tutors are really helping me in my learning and life in general – and sparked my love for agronomy!

The knowledge, real-life experience, and industry contacts I’m gaining at Hartpury are preparing me for my future. I’d love to continue studying and specialise in agricultural law or commercialise my family farm in South Africa – and Hartpury is making this possible.”

Student

We get lots of support with study skills and great materials to help us to prepare for lectures. Hartpury is such a nurturing place to be.

DHRUVPAL ANCHAN

Dhruvpal studied MSc Applied Equine Science at Hartpury, as well as studying with us for his diploma and undergraduate degree.

Dhruvpal's Hartpury experience

"I really enjoyed studying my diploma at Hartpury College, so Hartpury was an obvious choice for university-level study too.

Adjusting to university study after three years working took some time, but the module leaders and academic support teams have been great. We get lots of support with study skills and great materials to help us to prepare for lectures. Hartpury is such a nurturing place to be.

My goal on this degree is to uncover the science behind classical equine training methods, and use this to understand and improve horse welfare and performance."

Student

If you want to play at the highest level, it’s a great place to study. You’ll also get a great education and make unforgettable memories.

MATT EVANS

Matt studied BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching at Hartpury and now plays Championship rugby for the Cornish Pirates and is part of the Canadian national team.

Matt's Hartpury Experience

"Being at Hartpury really shaped me into who I am. Although you’re supported throughout, you have to grow up quickly and learn how to be an adult.

You get a great education as well as a professional environment to train in. You learn to manage your time, balancing playing with your studies. It gives you a strong educational platform and the experience of what it takes to train and play at an elite level.

If you want to play at the highest level, it’s a great place to study. You’ll also get a great education and make unforgettable memories."

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