University of Northampton

University of Northampton

Equine Behaviour and Welfare

The course aims to provide training for students in skills associated with postgraduate learning, particularly the approaches, methods and techniques required for research in the field of equine behaviour and welfare. It allows students the opportunity to extend their knowledge in this important area through the use of theoretical and applied practical work and training of horses. The course includes theoretical and practical based modules. Students will study the underpinning principles of equine and animal welfare science as well as studying and developing techniques for assessing behaviour and welfare in different settings. The course also includes consideration of human attitudes to animals and the influence this has on their welfare and care. The ways in which animals perceive their environment and the impact this has on their welfare is also discussed.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to have a 2.2 Honours degree or higher in a relevant discipline (such as animal science, animal management, equine science and so on) but applicants from other disciplines may be admitted where they can demonstrate a willingness and ability to tackle the course. Practical competence with regard to the husbandry and management of a range of animal species will be an important criterion for entry to this course. International applicants must demonstrate an equivalent entry qualification and have an IELTS score of at least 6.5.

Course modules

Assessing animal welfare; principles of animal welfare science; equine ethics and welfare; management of equine behaviours; research and analytical methods; research thesis; the animal brain and behaviour.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods are varied and include reports, essays, seminars, presentations, time constrained assessments, fieldwork projects and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,350 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 11,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Moulton College Northampton NN2 7AL East Midlands

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