Animal Science – Equine

Course Information

BAgrSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN250
CAO Points Range 2021: 440
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 267

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:

  • Animal Biology & Evolution
  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Mathematics for Agriculture
  • Physics for Agricultural Science
  • Agricultural Economics & Business
  • Introduction to Biomolecules
  • Cell & Plant Biology
  • Information Skills
  • Optional Modules
  • 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, presentations), 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, Australia, top show-jumping and yards in Ireland and the US, 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
  • University of Queensland, Australia
  • Cornell University, USA


“Having grown up surrounded by horses choosing Animal Science-Equine at UCD was a given for me. During my four years at UCD I have learnt about the theoretical and practical aspects of the equine industry through lectures and field trips. I took lectures in exercise physiology, nutrition and genetics given by leading academics who are passionate about the topic. Outside of the classroom I enjoyed engaging in college life and was an active member of AgSoc, RacingSoc and the Equestrian Club. I completed my PWE in third year with the world-renowned trainer Aidan O’Brien in Ballydoyle where I gained practical experience and an insight into the tremendous work and passion that goes into creating a successful racehorse.”

Megan Sheedy, Student


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