Course: BSc (Hons) Equine Studies (Top-up)

Course details

  • Qualification

  • UCAS Code

  • Location

    Royal Agricultural University Campus
  • Duration

    1 Year (Full time / Part time)
  • Academic Year

    30 September 2019 - 5 June 2020

This course is available through Clearing for 2019 entry. If you are looking for a course that offers you real flexibility and advances your scientific, management and entrepreneurial equine knowledge, this course is for you.

Course overview 

Coming from a Foundation degree or HND background, you will be able to tailor your studies to develop skills including horse breeding and genetics, bio-security, event management and journalism.This course is a springboard to further research or employment in the equine industry with careers in equine media, equine higher education or any number of avenues successfully pursued by our graduates.

Industry experience

You will benefit from lecturers who are experts in their fields and continue to produce vital research in topics such as horse nutrition, equine behaviour and parasitology. You will also benefit from guest speakers who will give industry insight. Previous guests have included Tim Hadaway (Founder of Games and Championships for the FEI) and Gillian Higgins (Founder of Horses Inside Out). 
You will also take part in field visits to equine organisations such as Cheltenham Racecourse and the Blue Cross rescue centre.

Careers and enterprise 

Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers within companies worldwide and within the following roles:

  • Lecturer in equine science
  • Equine journalist
  • Nutritionist
  • Research scientist
  • Racecourse management
  • Horse sports administration

93%* of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after leaving the RAU.

*2016/17 UK-based leavers studying a first degree, full time. Source: HESA

Renshuai Yi, BSc (Hons) Equine Studies (Top-up) graduate, 2014 - “This is a brilliant course that combines equine science with business management modules. Lectures provided the solid, theoretical knowledge base, while the practical lab and farm sessions and trips to businesses provided the hands-on experience. After graduation, I was offered a place on the Godolphin Flying Start programme, and will spend two years travelling across five countries to gain experience of the international thoroughbred racing industry. The knowledge and contacts I have built through the RAU are the keys for my career development.”


You will gain solid grounding with two modules that cover equine health, behaviour and welfare and then have the option to tailor your course to suit your career aspirations. You can choose to focus on applied equine science, business or both.
You will benefit from lectures, seminars, group projects, visits and laboratory demonstrations. Modules are assessed through research projects, examinations, presentations and case studies.
The research project is an integral part of the course, the successful completion of which leads to the BSc (Hons) classification. You can choose to focus on either science or business and you could also see your research project featured in one of the many prestigious academic journals that regularly publish our students’ work.


Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and societies activities.


Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Each credit equates to 10 hours of total study time. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.

Full-time students normally take modules worth 60 credits per 15 week semester but this can vary depending on your elective choice. Part-time students taking proportionally fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for your degree is based on marks obtained for modules taken at level 5 and level 6 (weighted 30:70 accordingly)

The modules available for this course are as follows: 

Plus a choice of FOUR electives, examples given below:

Disclaimer information

The University has established various rules and regulations that you must agree to and follow if you accept an offer to study with us. View our full disclaimer notice.

Entry requirements 

Typical offers

  • A foundation degree or a HND award (merit) in a subject related to the Honours degree.
  • Depending on previous studies, you may be required to complete additional ‘bridging’ studies prior to enrolling on the Honours course in order to cover identified gaps in previous learning.

Further information

Read more general information about our entry requirements.

For any further help, please contact our admissions team:  


Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. This usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not repeat or trailing modules, re-sit fees or coursework resubmission).  Any costs associated with work placements will be the student's responsibility

  • Re-sit examination or coursework re-submission fees are £5 per credit (for a typical 15 credit module, this will total £75).   

2019-20 Applicants

For the academic year 2019-20 the tuition fees for this course are: 

Full-time£9,250 per year£9,250 per year£10,000 per year

For part-time study, please contact for further information.

Please also refer to the funding your time at university page.

Tuition fees may be subject to an inflationary increase each year as set out in our Access and Participation Plan 2019/20.



The University offers a wide range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the these, please visit the bursaries, awards and scholarships page.

Ready to take the plunge? Apply now

Applications to study at the Royal Agricultural University must be made through the UCAS system. This applies to all undergraduate courses.

Applications need to be made by the UCAS deadline to ensure we are able to offer you a place on your first choice course.

If you would like to apply during UCAS Extra or Clearing, please check that we have places available.

Applicants wishing to study on a course on a part-time basis will need to apply directly to the RAU.

Please contact to discuss your requirements and obtain an application form.