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This suite of postgraduate courses provides a thorough understanding of equine health, performance and welfare within the context of the human use of horses. The courses have been designed to meet the growing number of equestrian professions that require a high level of theoretical knowledge, and strong research skills.
Why study Equine Performance, Health and Welfare at Nottingham Trent University?
How you're taught
You'll be taught through a mixture of lectures, laboratory classes, demonstrations, and project work. You'll also have opportunities to present your work to peers and academic staff.
Independent learning is required, and you'll undertake high-quality research for the Masters awards. You'll research your chosen topic in depth, then design and implement a relevant research project, and communicate the findings to an informed audience in a comprehensive scientific report.
Teaching is supported by our British Horse Society-approved Equestrian Centre, which has stabling for over 65 horses. Its facilities include international-size indoor and floodlit outdoor riding arenas, a research arena, horse walker, round pen, group housing pens, a dedicated performance analysis room with mechanical horse, and a variety of equine housing systems including, traditional style stabling, American-barn style housing and crew yards. You'll be able to use specialist equipment, including heart rate monitors, GPS equipment, Pegasys gait analysis system, DartfishProSuite®, Tekscanpressure mapping, infrared camera system, mobile eye tracking systems, and the Equistat Pro system. You'll also have access to specialised teaching and laboratory facilities.
Careers and employability
The course will provide you with the professional skills, experience and knowledge necessary to pursue a wide range of careers within the area of equine science and health and welfare. Potential positions and fields include:
In particular students wishing to pursue the MRes course may continue their career in research.
Research project: UK or abroad
Postgraduate students can undertake a research project in a chosen area of interest. This can be undertaken at Brackenhurst campus or elsewhere in the UK or abroad.
The School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences has many excellent links to partner organisations, conservation and welfare projects and academic institutions across the world. The programme team for Equine Health and Welfare has links with the University of Sydney Australia through our visiting professor Paul McGreevy, Guelph University Canada and Virginia TECH Mare Centre.
Current research activity includes
The Equestrian Centre and its many facilities at Brackenhurst campus are an essential resource for the students studying on equine courses here at Nottingham Trent University.
Mary King Arena
The Equestrian Centre's indoor riding arena was re-launched by six time Olympian Mary King in May 2012. This is a 60 x 40 metres with a Prowax sand riding surface which includes a seating gallery area capable of seating 279 people for events or observing training and research. Indoor Cross Country jumps are available as well as a full range of show jumps. The Mary King Arena is effectively used for research, allowing horses to be loose schooled and our camera system records both training and research that can then be analysed using various software for both staff and student use. In November 2013, a large screen was installed within the arena which has a record and playback facility. This will be used within teaching and research and can take footage from the four separate camera points around the arena.
Outdoor Riding School
60 x 40 metres with waxed sand and fibre surface, enclosed by fencing and fully floodlit with a full range of show jumps. We also have three permanent cross country fences that interlink onto a grass area to allow for cross country training.
This is a 40 x 20 metres waxed sand surface which is fully enclosed by seven foot fencing to allow loose schooling. Observation holes in the fence allow staff and students to observe the horse(s) from outside the arena to reduce any influence on natural behaviour.
The Equestrian Centre boosts a variety of housing for stabling the horses ranging from individual stabling in American barns to crew yards and pens. The varied housing allows for research and ensures the students experience a range of stabling options.
Park Hill is located a short drive away from our main Equestrian Centre and is home to five semi-feral ponies that are re-homed from Bransby Horses Rescue and Welfare Centre. The facility has grazing paddocks with field shelters, a round pen and an all weather surface area for working with the horses. The horses housed at Park Hill are used extensively for research and also teaching within horse human relationship and working horses from the ground modules.
Equine Centre Classroom
Seats 24 and has fully installed audio visual equipment.
Stabling for over 30 DIY student liveries that includes use of the Equestrian Centre facilities.
Performance Analysis Room
Houses mechanical horse, iJoy Ride, Balimo Chair, Tekscan Pressure testing equipment and mirrors, all of which are utilised for clinics and workshops.
Computer equipment for student use during project work including use of research software such as Observer, OnTrack and Dartfish. This room can also be used for downloading data from cameras, heart rate monitors, mobile eye and other data collecting equipment.
And much more...
We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.
Pre-masters and foundation courses
If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you're already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our pre-masters and foundation courses page.
English language entry requirements
If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.
Help and support
If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please email our international team for advice.
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