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Bachelor of Science in Equine Science

University of Limerick
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Bachelor of Science in Equine Science

Equine science is a specialization within animal science, which involves the study of the reproduction, physiology, behavior and nutrition of horses.

Would you like to follow a professional career in the horse industry? The four-year BSc degree in Equine Science provides you with the opportunity to underpin your career aspirations with specialist knowledge and skills. This programme, unique in Europe, has been developed because of the economic importance of the horse and related industries and the consequential need to produce highly qualified personnel with the specialised knowledge to exploit the potential of these industries.

The overall aim of the programme is to equip you with degree-level competence in the disciplines of Equine Science and a choice of professional studies in either Equitation* (the art or practice of horse riding or horsemanship) or Equine Business Management. Graduates of the programme contribute to the continued development of the horse industry through the application of their knowledge, skills and research in Science, Equitation and Business Management.

Admission requirements

Minimum grades

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include:

Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or Four H7 (Higher Level) grades

Subject requirements

Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation Maths is not reckonable for scoring purposes.

In addition applicants must hold a H4 grade in one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry, Biology, Agricultural Science, Applied Maths.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Biology 1
  • General Chemistry 1
  • Microeconomics (Non Business)
  • Introduction To Horsemanship
  • Equine Anatomy & Physiology

Semester 2

  • Biology 2
  • Macroeconomics (for non-business)
  • Equestrian Skill Analysis
  • The Horse Industry
  • Equine Reproduction

Year 2

Semester 3

  • Foundations Of Equine Locomotion
  • Equine Feeding & Behaviour
  • Equine Health & Environmental Management
  • Marketing
  • Introduction To Information Technology
  • Business Information Systems

Semester 4

  • Accounting For Financial Decision Making
  • Foundations Of Equine Performance
  • Equine Physiology
  • Equine Nutrition
  • Equine Health & Disease

Year 3

Semester 5

  • General Microbiology
  • Cell Biology & Biochemistry
  • Grassland And Grazing Management
  • Equine Breeding & Genetics

Semester 6

Cooperative Education

Year 4

Semester 7

  • Project 1 (Equine Science)
  • Biometrics
  • Principles Of Risk Management

Semester 8

  • Project 2 (Equine Science)
  • Advanced Equine Physiology
  • Equine Pharmacology

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Full Time Tution fee for 2021/2022:

  • EU Fee: 8,804€
  • Non EU Fee: 17,848€


NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

Employability skills from this degree

  • Working independently and in teams
  • Working at all levels of the horse industry
  • Knowledge of equitation and business
  • Familiarity with the national and international horse industry
  • Thinking critically

Continuing studies

  • Master’s Degree Research
  • MSc in Animal Behaviour
  • MSc in Equine Science
  • MSc in Project Management
  • MSc in Reproduction Science
  • Veterinary Medicine

Career paths

Graduates from this programme may choose from a wide variety of career opportunities in areas such as:

  • Equine Enterprise Management (Stud Farms, Show Jumping Yards, Racing Yards, Equestrian Centres).
  • Leisure, Recreation and Tourism based on Equine activities.
  • Equestrian Marketing and Sales Enterprises.
  • Equine related service industry (food supply, equipment manufacturing, laboratory servicing, management information (IT)).
  • Equine Research and Development.
  • Sports Journalism.
  • Equine related organisations, including state and semi-state.
  • Self-employment in the equine industry.
  • Postgraduate studies

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University of Limerick

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University of Limerick
V94 T9PX Limerick

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