The Animal Science - Equine degree at UCD is a full-time four-year programme delivered by the School of Agriculture and Food Science.

This science-based Level 8 degree is an excellent choice for anyone interested in developing an equestrian-based career. The programme focuses on the applied sciences that underpin animal veterinary biosciences, with emphasis on the horse. Graduates will gain an excellent combination of both scientific knowledge and an understanding of the professional skills required for working in the industry.

Leading experts

Lectures are delivered by leading global equine science experts including Dr Barbara Murphy whose specialist knowledge area is reproduction and chronobiology and Prof Emmeline Hill who is recognised globally for her work on equine genetics research.

Small class sizes, professional work experience and the opportunity to study abroad in one of eighteen partner universities across the world in third year makes this a highly desirable course.


Career opportunities for graduates of this programme are endless with past graduates now working as stud farm managers, marketing managers, equine geneticists, business managers, equine scientists and many more.

UCD student


STUDYING Animal Science Equine in UCD has allowed me to get a glimpse into my future in the equine world. I have been involved with horses from a young age and always knew I would study an equine-related course at university. Equine Science is the perfect course for anyone looking to improve their knowledge and broaden their horizons. I studied a variety of topics from different modules such as Equine Genetics, Equine Nutrition, Equine Reproduction and Breeding Management, Equine Anatomy and Physiology of Exercise and Equine Industries.

The part I most enjoyed throughout my degree was definitely the professional work experience in third year. I worked for Emil Spadone at Redfield Farms, a show jumping and hunter jumper farm in America. I spent six months working and riding across their locations in Ocala, Florida and Califon, New Jersey. I learned a lot about the equine world in America, improved my riding and made some great connections, while also getting to travel to places like the World Equestrian Centre and New York City. It gave me a great insight into the competition scene in America, and I plan on going back to work in America once I graduate.

Overall, I got a lot out of the Animal Science - Equine course in UCD, from theory to practical work. Barbara Murphy, the module co-ordinator, is very helpful and provides a lot for students. I would recommend this course to anyone looking to expand their knowledge and pursue a career in horses.