• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
This Equine Science (Online Distance Learning) programme from The University of Edinburgh involves an in-depth scientific approach to managing health and welfare, reproduction, behaviour, nutrition and exercise for horses. You will also learn how to practically apply a scientific approach to benefit horse health, welfare and performance.


This Equine Science (Online Distance Learning) programme from The University of Edinburgh at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is the first and only to be mounted within an international centre of veterinary excellence.

Delivered through our online learning environment, our programme gives students detailed knowledge and understanding of equine science and its applications.

It is also excellent preparation for future independent research or a PhD programme.

Career opportunities

Graduates from this research-rich, taught MSc will be prepared for employment in research establishments, such as universities and research institutions; industry, such as feed companies, stud farms, pharmaceuticals and consultancy firms; government organisations, such as ADAS and DEFRA; and welfare organisations such as the RSPCA, WSPA and WHW.

Programme Structure

Certificate and Diploma courses:

  • Research Methods in Equine Science
  • Equine Digestion and Nutrition
  • Equine Behaviour and Welfare
  • Equine Orthopaedics
  • Equine Reproduction
  • Equitation Science
  • Equine Exercise Physiology

Your final year dissertation of a maximum of 9,000 words will allow you to analyse and present relevant research data that you have collected yourself. Alternatively, you can undertake desk study to explore and develop your own area of interest.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      MSc: 3-6 years PgDip: 4 years PgCert, PgProfDev: 2 years

  • Credits
    50 alternative credits
    PgProfDev:  50 credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in veterinary science or a biological science, with subject areas including zoology, animal/equine science or pharmacology/pharmacy.

If you have a degree in a non-science subject but relevant horse experience, your application may be considered. Please contact the Equine Science programme team before applying.

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1635 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1635 GBP per module and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1635 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1635 GBP per module and a duration of 24 months.
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Home / EU / Overseas
  • 20 credits £1,635
  • 60 credits £4,900


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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