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Equine Degree Courses

Is your ambition to work in the equine industry? Perhaps you want to take your riding skills to a higher level?

Our equine degree courses will help you fulfil your career ambitions and, if you’re a keen rider, you’ll have lots of scope to train and compete.

At University Centre Bishop Burton (UCBB) you’ll have access to outstanding facilities. You’ll learn from experts, be exposed to the latest developments in equine science, participate in high profile events, meet valuable industry contacts and, for riders, there are unrivalled opportunities to develop your skills.

World class facilities

You’ll find some of the very best equestrian facilities in the UK at UCBB, including four outdoor and three indoor arenas for top-level showjumping and dressage.

Expert lecturers and instructors

You’ll study with the guidance of expert lecturers and instructors, many active in the industry alongside their UCBB commitments. Their expertise covers equine management, horse care, equine therapy, equine sports coaching, rehabilitation, and much more.

Theory, research, practice

Studying for an equine degree at UCBB you’ll explore essential theory, take part in leading equine science research, put theory into practice, work in depth on case studies, and, depending on your course choice, you’ll acquire valuable entrepreneurial, and business know-how.

Your equine degree can be tailored to your strengths, interests and aims!

You’ll also gain valuable experience working alongside equine staff on the regional, national, and international equine events we host.

Apply for our Equine Academy

Designed for experienced competitive riders, or those with the potential to be, our prestigious Equine Academy can offer you expert coaching to help you develop.

Careers focused

Our degrees have all been designed to meet the needs of the equestrian industry, so you can open the door to a range of careers, including:

  • Bloodstock agent
  • Coach/instructor
  • Equine nutritionist
  • Equestrian centre manager
  • Insurance advisor
  • Lecturer
  • Therapy practitioner
  • Yard manager

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Student Profiles

Paige Read B Sc Hons Equine Science

Paige Read - BSc (Hons) in Equine Science

“The facilities are better than at other universities. You’re treated like an individual and get amazing hands-on experience.”

Equine student Paige loves the hands-on learning at UCBB’s facilities which she thinks are fantastic. She finds the academic team incredibly supportive and values their expertise and the inspirational guest speakers that come onto campus. She enjoys the smaller class sizes, as she knows her fellow students and the lecturers really well. Paige loves that she is treated as an individual and that the atmosphere on campus feels like a family.

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Meet your tutors

Equine tutor Rebecca Brassington HEAL Equine

Rebecca Brassington

Higher Education Academic Lead for Equine

“I love being able to empower and inspire students, enabling and equipping them with the skills, knowledge and understanding to become the next generation of equine professionals.”

Rebecca is a senior fellow at UCBB with a wealth of industry and academic experience. She is the lead on Equine behaviour and welfare. 

With a background in microbiology, she worked for years as an equine therapist before moving into academia at UCBB. With a Post-grad Diploma - McTimoney Corley Animal Manipulation under her belt she has been involved in numerous research projects looking at equine kinematics on the water treadmill, equine behaviour, and equine injury. She has also been involved in a number of scholarly activities, including conferences, poster presentations and publications.

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