MSc Equine Performance Science

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Take your equine knowledge, academic skills and research practice to the next level with our MSc Equine Performance Science at ARU Writtle.

Our Masters degree focuses on horses’ performance through the study of gait evaluation, pathophysiology of injury, advanced and applied nutrition, exercise physiology, equitation science, human influences on equine performance, and methods to evaluate and enhance performance.

Study at our dedicated equine campus at ARU Writtle, set in rural Essex, and learn from a research-led teaching team. Our tutors are industry specialists supporting competitive horses in training. Through lectures and demonstrations, you’ll fully integrate theory with ongoing case studies to gain a real-life understanding of the ages and stages of training in relation to nutrition, farriery, training, breeding, behaviour and more.

We’ll look at current research-focused materials and work with cutting-edge technology to monitor and evaluate performance and welfare.

Our MSc Equine Performance Science is ideal if you want to develop your knowledge of performance development and enhancement in horses, and take the next step in your career.

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Equine Academy: support for talented riders

The Equine Academy at ARU Writtle supports a group of competition-level riders every year. It offers training sessions for the rider, stabling for the horse, and access to our equine facilities and experienced support staff.

Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.


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Specialist facilities

Our Equine Training and Development Centre offers extensive facilities to optimise students' experience:

  • stabling for up to 92 horses
  • around 70 horses on campus
  • three indoor riding arenas, and one outdoor arena
  • oval horse walker
  • equine water treadmill and therapy barns
  • semen collection area
  • 150-hectare campus with local bridleways and hacking.

It's possible to bring your own horse to university; for further details see our DIY Livery Yard page.

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Outstanding student support

Join our postgraduate student community and:

  • learn from expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • benefit from extensive library and IT resources
  • receive full support from our Employability Service, while you're studying with us and after you graduate
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, health and wellbeing, and more.


Our Masters degree is aimed at those wanting a wide base of knowledge of all aspects of equine performance development and enhancement.

As a graduate, you could apply your knowledge in a number of areas across the equine industry, including nutrition, design and development of equine training aids and technologies, consultancy, or research. Or you might put it to use in a practical business enterprise.

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Life in Writtle

Close to major cities, ARU Writtle is located on a picturesque 150-hectare campus in the heart of the Essex countryside.

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