Bachelor of Science in Equine Science
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree
If you are the type of person who enjoys working with horses and are motivated by the business and science behind the horse industry, then this programme might suit you.
Why Study Equine Science at UL?
The four year B.Sc. degree in Equine Science provides students, who wish to follow a professional career in the horse industry with the opportunity to underpin their 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* 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.
* Entry to the Equitation Science option is dependent on achieving a satisfactory standard in Equitation Science over the first two years.
The programme is four years in duration with two semesters per academic year. All students undertake common modules for the first two years providing a strong base in science. You will take modules in Anatomy and Physiology, Feeding and Behaviour, Reproduction, Health and Disease, and Nutrition. In addition, a strong base in business is established with modules in Economics, Marketing and Accounting.
All students take modules in Equitation in the first two years. These modules involve horse riding and hands-on working with horses.
In the third year of the programme you will select one of the major professional options- Equine Business Management or Equitation. The Equine Business Management option offers modules in Enterprise Formation and Development, Principles of Risk Management, Business Consulting and Strategic Management.
With this option, you can also choose to undertake the study of a language selected from Spanish, French, German or Japanese. The Equitation option offers modules in the Young Horse, Equestrian Facilities, Performance Rider Development and Training and Managing the Performance Horse.
All students undertake an eight month Cooperative Education placement, either at home or abroad, in an equine or related enterprise. This work placement will give you the opportunity to exploit and develop the skills that you have already acquired while simultaneously gaining professional experience of the industry. In year four all students conduct a research project on some aspect of the horse industry.
Throughout the programme, you will be brought into contact with the industry, through visits to centres of excellence, through participation in seminars conducted by expert speakers and through hands-on experience of handling and riding horses.
|Year 1||Semester 1||Semester 2||Summer|
|BY4001||Biology 1||BY4002||Biology 2|
|CH4701||General Chemistry 1||EC4112||Macroeconomics (for non-business)|
|EC4111||Microeconomics (Non Business)||EQ4032||Equestrian Skill Analysis|
|EQ4051||Introduction To Horsemanship||EV4032||The Horse Industry|
|EV4012||Equine Anatomy And Physiology||EV4042||Equine Reproduction|
|Year 2||Semester 3||Semester 4||Summer|
|EQ4013||Foundations Of Equine Locomotion||AC4214||Accounting For Financial Decision Making|
|EV4003||Equine Feeding And Behaviour||EQ4014||Foundations Of Equine Performance|
|EV4023||Equine Health & Environmental Management||EV4013||Equine Physiology|
|CS4911||Introduction To Information Technology||EV4015||Equine Health And Disease|
|CS4913||Business Information Systems|
|Year 3||Semester 5||Semester 6||Summer|
|BY4013||General Microbiology||CO4320||Cooperative Education|
|BY4045||Cell Biology & Biochemistry|
|EV4005||Grassland And Grazing Management|
|EV4025||Equine Breeding & Genetics|
|Business Management Option|
|EQ4025||The Young Horse|
|Year 4||Semester 7||Semester 8||Summer|
|EQ4907||Project 1 (Equine Science)||EQ4908||Project 2 (Equine Science)|
|ER4708||Biometrics||EQ4058||Advanced Equine Physiology|
|IN4003||Principles Of Risk Management||EV4017||Equine Pharmacology|
|Business Management Option||Business Management Option|
|PM4003||Human Resource Management 1||MK4006||Marketing Management (Non Business)|
|Language 1||Language 2|
|EP4407||Enterprise Development||MG4037||Strategic Management|
|EP4408||Small Business Consulting|
|Equitation Option||Equitation Option|
|EQ4027||Equestrian Facilities||EQ4038||Training The Performance Horse|
|EQ4037||Performance Rider Development||EQ4048||Managing The Performance Horse|
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. 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.
It is desirable that candidates applying for this programme should have a reasonable level of competency in horse riding and/or have experience of working with horses.
A Special Mathematics Examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certificate results for those students who did not achieve the Mathematics requirement. We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.
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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Sean Flannery - Graduate
Having grown up around horses I always knew that I wanted to pursue a career involved in racing. The BSc in Equine Science at the University of Limerick afforded me the opportunity to expand my knowledge of the horse and the many sports they compete in.
The option to take either a Business or Equitation route after the second year offers an excellent choice and was instrumental in my decision to choose Equine Science at UL over similar courses.
There is an ideal balance of group and individual work throughout the course and that will prepare you for working as part of a team as well as using your own initiative in the working world. The range of modules covered on the programme is extensive and I found that the practical elements perfectly complement the theory. This course provides students with both skills and knowledge that can be applied to many different areas within the equine industry and beyond.
UL’s Cooperative Education placement was invaluable to me. I split my placement between Coolmore Australia and Goffs in Kildare. I was lucky enough to secure an intern position at Goffs upon graduating. Completing the Equine Science course provided me with the skill set necessary to gain employment as well as advance my career in Goffs.
Sean is currently employed as a Bloodstock Manager at Goffs in Kildare.
Declan Ryan - Graduate
I was involved in horse racing before choosing the Equine Science course at UL. The Equine Science Degree provided me with a wealth of learning relevant to the equine industry and with it, the opportunities to gain practical experience and make contacts within the industry.
The course provided me with the science behind the practical aspects of the horse. I chose the business management option and it provided me with the skills needed to start an enterprise as a racehorse trainer. During the programme, I spent a full summer period at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Kentucky.
During my coop placement, I spent 6 months working with racehorse trainer Jessica Harrington and 2 months working at Del Mar racetrack in California. While on placement at Del Mar, I met Breeders' Cup-winning trainer Bruce Headley, and I am now currently working with Bruce at Santa Anita in California. After this year in California, I plan to return to Ireland to set up a training yard and take out a licence to become a National Hunt trainer.