Animal Science – Equine

Course Information

BAgrSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN250
CAO Points Range 2020: 453
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 175

Leaving Certificate:

O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject and two other recognised subjects

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Why is this course for me?

Animal Science – Equine focuses on the applied sciences that underpin animal and veterinary biosciences, with emphasis on the horse. The degree provides the scientific knowledge and transferable skills necessary for professional leadership roles within many aspects of the animal and equine science industries. You’ll learn about:

  • The growth and development of farm animals, how they function and their behaviour and welfare
  • The equine industry in Ireland,its global context and entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Equine health, reproduction, genetics, breeding, nutrition and exercise physiology
  • Advances and future directions in research with emphasis on equine genetics and reproduction


Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

In addition to the career opportunities available to Animal Science graduates, Animal Science Equine graduates are equipped to pursue careers in:

  • Equine enterprise management
  • Equine leisure, recreation and tourism activities
  • Equestrian marketing and sales enterprises
  • Sports journalism
  • Academic teaching

You can pursue equine science research and development careers, and Master’s and PhD opportunities in Europe and the US.

What Will I Study

You’ll study the basic sciences at the start, which are complemented by specialist modules in:

First & Second Year:

  • Principles of Animal Science
  • Animal Biology & Evolution
  • Genetics & Biotechnology
  • Animal Nutrition & Equine Industries

Third & Fourth Year:

  • Equine Anatomy & Physiology of Exercise
  • Equine Genetics
  • Equine Reproduction
  • Equine Nutrition
  • Farm Business Management
  • Equine Health & Husbandry

Animal practicals are delivered at UCD Lyons Farm, where excellent new equine teaching and research facilities exist. Anatomy classes are conducted at UCD’s Veterinary Hospital, while exciting research programmes in equine and animal science support the taught elements.

Students’ time is spent primarily attending lectures and undertaking independent study. In most modules, this also involves attending practical sessions, laboratory workshops and/or tutorials.

A combination of continuous assessment (class quizzes, MCQ tests), research projects and end-of-trimester examinations is used.

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International Study Opportunities

A five-month PWE placement is integral to your degree and is an invaluable learning and networking opportunity. Exciting options include placements on stud farms in the Kentucky Bluegrass region, Japan, racing yards in Sydney, Australia, top show-jumping and eventing yards in Ireland, and with Tattersalls Ireland and Horse Sport Ireland.

There are also opportunities to participate in the Study Abroad Programme in third year.

  • University of Illinois, USA
  • Texas A&M University, USA
  • Iowa State University, USA
  • Purdue University, USA


“Choosing to study Animal Science – Equine at UCD has provided me with the strong foundation I need to pursue a career in the equine industry. Lectures are delivered by researchers who are experts in their fields and passionate about their subject which makes for challenging and yet exciting class discussions. Outside of class I thoroughly enjoyed life at UCD and took advantage of lots of extracurricular activities on offer. I got involved with the Horse Racing Society. The highlight of my time in UCD was my six-month professional work experience (PWE) in third year, which I completed in Hunter Valley Farm, Kentucky, USA. Here I gained practical experience rearing and producing young thoroughbreds. My time at UCD has been unforgettable, providing me with many life-long friends and memories.”

– Hayley Rooney, Student


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