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BSc (Hons) Equine Bioveterinary Science with Placement Year

Combine your passion for both equine and science with this technical course and explore the science behind the latest advances in the equine industry, both at UCR and during a valuable placement year.*

You will study key veterinary science modules from Equine Nutrition and Health to Veterinary Microbiology and Immunology during this four-year course, while you develop key laboratory skills which will be essential when working in scientific and technical roles within the industry.

*To be eligible for the placement year you must achieve at least 50% in your Level 5 modules.

Equine Bioveterinary Science degree at UCR practical
Equine Bioveterinary Science degree at UCR

Course Overview

In preparation for your rewarding career, you will gain a good understanding of the scientific principles and management practices associated with maintaining optimal equine health and full athletic performance.

You will develop your ability to identify and solve problems within the sphere of equine science, as well as advancing your interest and understanding of equine related scientific research. This will stand you in good stead to conduct ground-breaking research of your own.

As part of your course, you will also complete a placement year in the middle of your studies, for important industry experience. 

UCR Equine Bioveterinary Science student in labs

Course Features

  • 4-year, full-time course with a one-year work placement
  • Use of our commercial equestrian centre including indoor and outdoor arenas, 60-stable accommodation and 8-stall Claydon horse walker
  • Gain extensive laboratory experience using key laboratory techniques such as bacteria culturing, PCR-analysis and metabolic profiling
  • Study microbiology and diseases of equids
  • Explore advances in genetics and breeding technologies and their application in the equine industry
  • Study nutrition, welfare, ethics and equine rehabilitation
  • Opportunities to engage with industry partners

Career Options

After completing your BSc (Hons) Equine Bioveterinary Science degree with placement year, there are a wide variety of careers you could go into, including: 

  • Consultancy
  • Equine rehabilitation
  • Equine nutrition
  • Research and development in equine and para-veterinary fields
  • Equine research
  • Veterinary physiotherapy
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Progression to postgraduate study such as MSc or PhD

Course Information

Find out more about the BSc (Hons) Equine Bioveterinary Science with placement year, including entry requirements, modules, assessment methods and more using the drop down menu below.

    • A minimum of 96 tariff points from A and AS levels to include Biology
    • Access to HE Diploma – a minimum of 96 tariff points
    • Scottish Higher – A minimum of 96 tariff points from Higher and Advanced Higher in an Animal, Equine or Science related subject
    • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) – a minimum of grade MMM in an Animal, Equine or Science related subject
    • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) – a minimum of grade DD in an Animal, Equine or Science related subject
    • T Level – a minimum grade of Pass (C or above)
    • Mature students (aged 21+) will be considered on an individual basis on their prior knowledge and experience. This may be assessed by interview, completion of coursework/essay or other methods. There may be a requirement for a formal qualification to be completed first e.g. Access to Higher Education course


Interviews may be used to help make decisions on applications, mature applicants and those where further information is required. It is strongly suggested that students undertake industry-relevant work experience either before or during the length of the degree. This could take the form of additional BHS qualifications, practical experience working in a research laboratory, working with a physiotherapist etc. depending on your interests and desired career pathway. 

  • Equine Sports Horse Industry and Management
  • Introduction to Genetics and Breeding
  • Veterinary Biosciences
  • Introduction to Scientific Communication
  • Equine Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Behaviour in Animals

Level 5 (Year 1)

  • Equine Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics
  • Research Methods
  • Advances in Equine Breeding


  • Equine Health and Epidemiology*
  • Animal Nutrition*
  • Veterinary Physiology and Microbiology**
  • Equine Nutrition and Health**
  • Work Based Learning for the Land Based Industries
  • Experiential Learning


* must be studied together

** must be studied together

Level 5 (Year 2)

  • UCR Placement Year
  • Advanced Equine Nutrition
  • Advanced Equine Welfare and Ethics
  • Recent Advances in Equine Science
  • Dissertation at Reaseheath (40 credits)



  • Biomechanical Analysis of Equestrian Performance
  • Veterinary Microbiology and Immunology
  • Animal Parasitology

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity, plus field trips. Your actual contact hours may depend on which optional modules you select, but the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each year of the course: 

Year 1:  

30% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity 

Teaching, Learning and Assessment:       360 hours 

Independent Study:                                    840 hours 

Year 2:  

22% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity 

Teaching, Learning and Assessment:       252 hours 

Placement:                                                    100 hours 

Independent Study:                                     848 hours 

Year 3: 

15% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity 

Teaching, Learning and Assessment:         174 hours 

Independent Study:                                       1026 hours 

Class sizes average between 10 – 60 for modules exclusively delivered on the programme. For those modules offered across several programmes, class size could be as high as 80 individual learners. 

Assessments are designed to encourage both academic skills and skills valued in the workplace. They include a combination of coursework and timed online assessments.

Coursework may take many forms including essays, reports, data processing, presentations, academic posters, seminar discussions, interviews, critical reviews, portfolios of evidence and practical competency assessments.

The timed online assessments vary, depending on the nature of the module and level of study, but may take the form of multiple-choice papers, essays, practical assessments, data handling questions, and short answer quizzes.

In your third year the placement will be a minimum of 9 months and will be credit bearing with a portfolio assessment and professional discussion required to evidence your achievement.

The balance of assessment by timed online assessment and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:

Year 1
68% coursework
32% timed online assessment

Year 2
79% coursework
25% timed online assessment
6% practical

Year 3
30% presentation and plenary discussion
70% placement portfolio

Year 4
66% coursework
30% timed online assessment
4% practical

Students will be able to access course timetables for the academic year in September.

Timetables are subject to change, but most students can expect to spend four days per week on campus in their first year, three days in their second year and two days in their final year.

Tuition fee for placement year is £1,850 (all other years charged at £9,250).

Optional study tours may be organised by your course team. Costs vary depending on location, duration and activities although have typically cost £350 in previous years.

Equipment costs include equestrian yard uniform, consisting of grey jodhpurs and a grey polo shirt, which is expected to be worn for all practical sessions.

Branded UCR polo shirts are available through the UCR online shop for approximately £15. Students would be expected to provide their own PPE with minimum riding hat standard of PAS015 and suitable leather riding boots (not chaps).

Students should also be prepared to purchase riding gloves and a waterproof coat without a hood. You can expect equipment costs to be in the region of £200 depending on brand and retailer.

Lab coats are provided however students can purchase their own if preferred.

Apply directly through UCAS


A minimum of 96 UCAS points

September 2024
September 2025

Full-time: 4 years

Useful Information

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