This degree will allow you to explore and apply the scientific principles that underpin equestrian sport, management and the health of equine athletes. You'll develop a clear understanding of the global equine sports industry and become a confident and ambitious scientist.
Why choose this course?
The course provides the knowledge to improve the husbandry, performance and welfare of the horse as a leisure animal and as an equine athlete. You'll develop your ability to think critically and solve problems, the practical and investigative skills required by the industry, and a thorough background of equine science.
- Brackenhurst Equestrian Centre has international-sized indoor and outdoor arenas, plus modern laboratories for the scientific study of nutrition, physiology, disease and genetics.
- You will have the option to take a work placement during your third year of study.
- Equestrian industry guest speakers and eventing professionals give lectures and demonstrations to students.
- The Mary King Arena was opened in May 2012 by the Olympian herself.
- NTU is recognised as a centre of world-class research into all aspects of equine and equestrian science.
- You can spend six months on international exchange with a partner university in Australia, Canada or Hungary during your second year of study. The equine team have close links with the University of Guelph, Canada.
How you're taught
You will be taught through a variety of methods including group seminars, lectures and practical sessions.
- Year 1 coursework (50%), written (33%) and practical (17%).
- Year 2 coursework (67%), written (33%) and practical (0%).
- Year 3 coursework (66%), written (17%) and practical (17%).
A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:
- Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (28%), independent study (72%) and placements (0%).
- Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (27%), independent study (73%) and placements (0%).
- Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%), independent study (80%) and placements (0%).
A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study.
Careers and employability
Your career development
This course will give you the skills you need to become a:
- feed research officer
- horse passport officer
- horse trainer
- insurance assessor
- medical lab assistant
- national hunt groom
- postgraduate researcher
- research assistant
- RSPCA inspector
- stud manager
- trainee equine veterinary nurse
- traveling groom
- yard groom.
You could be working for companies such as:
- British Dressage
- British Horseracing Authority
- Cambridge University
- Myler Bits
- Newmarket Equine Hospital
- Om El Arab
- Pet Plan
- University of Glasgow
- World Horse Welfare.
Some students may also wish to continue their studies at MSc or PhD level.
Excellent placement opportunities
You will have the option to take a year's placement in industry.
Why undertake a placement?
- You will gain vital experience in a vocational position.
- It will boost your CV and build useful contacts for your future career.
- There are some exciting and challenging opportunities available within organisations such as Kentucky Equine Research, and Sydney, Edinburgh and Liverpool Universities.
- You will also have the opportunity to carry out research for your final year dissertation.
- Your placement opportunity may lead to a supplementary Certificate or Diploma in Professional Studies.
Students have gained valuable experience through recent placements such as:
- Australian Equine Behaviour Centre (Andrew McLean)
- Bellerive Stud, Australia
- Bennett Equine Sport Rehabilitation
- Fittocks Stud Newmarket
- Hartstone Equestrian Ltd
- Pakiri Beach Horse Riding, New Zealand
The Equestrian Centre and its many facilities at Brackenhurst are an essential resource for the students studying on equine courses here at Nottingham Trent University.
Mary King Arena
The Equestrian Centre's indoor riding arena was re-launched by six time Olympian Mary King in May 2012. This is a 60 x 40 metres with a Prowax sand riding surface which includes a seating gallery area capable of seating 279 people for events or observing training and research. Indoor cross country jumps are available as well as a full range of show jumps. The Mary King Arena is effectively used for research, allowing horses to be loose schooled and our camera system records both training and research that can then be analysed using various software for both staff and student use. In November 2013, a large screen was installed within the arena which has a record and playback facility. This will be used within teaching and research and can take footage from the four separate camera points around the arena.
Outdoor Riding School
Measuring 60 x 40 metres with a waxed sand and fibre surface, enclosed by fencing and fully floodlit with a full range of show jumps. We also have three permanent cross country fences that interlink onto a grass area to allow for cross country training.
This is a 40 x 20 metres waxed sand surface which is fully enclosed by seven foot fencing to allow loose schooling. Observation holes in the fence allow staff and students to observe the horse(s) from outside the arena to reduce any influence on natural behaviour.
The Equestrian Centre boosts a variety of housing for stabling the horses ranging from individual stabling in American barns to crew yards and pens. The varied housing allows for research and ensures the students experience a range of stabling options.
Park Hill is located a short drive away from our main Equestrian Centre and is home to five semi-feral ponies that are re-homed from Bransby Horses Rescue and Welfare Centre. The facility has grazing paddocks with field shelters, a round pen and an all weather surface area for working with the horses. The horses housed at Park Hill are used extensively for research and also teaching within horse human relationship and working horses from the ground modules.
Equine Centre Classroom
Seats 24 and has fully installed audio visual equipment.
Livery Stabling for over 30 DIY student liveries that includes use of the Equestrian Centre facilities.
Performance Analysis Room
Houses mechanical horse, iJoy Ride, Balimo Chair, Tekscan Pressure testing equipment and mirrors, all of which are utilised for clinics and workshops.
Technical Room Computer equipment for student use during project work including use of research software such as Observer, OnTrack and Dartfish. This room can also be used for downloading data from cameras, heart rate monitors, mobile eye and other data collecting equipment.
And much more...
- cross country schooling paddock
- horse walker
- round pens for lunging / research
- stocks and solarium
- project rooms for staff and student research
- large lecture rooms complete with A/V equipment located in the Bramley building
- laboratory facilities located in the Bramley building and Veterinary Nursing Unit.