Animal Science – Equine

Course Information

BAgrSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN250
CAO Points Range 2019: 423
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


Ireland produces more thoroughbred foals than any other EU state. We are the third-largest producer worldwide and marketed globally as The Land of the Horse.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

In addition to the career opportunities available to Animal Science graduates, Equine Science 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-semester 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 Queensland, Australia
  • Texas A&M University, USA
  • Iowa State University, USA.


“Having grown up around horses choosing the Animal Science – Equine course at UCD was a natural progression. Moving to UCD for four years was most enjoyable and the friends I made still remain close to me today. I particularly enjoyed the equine modules and being able to apply what I had learned in the field at home. The opportunity to travel abroad for PWE in third year has set me up in the job I am in today. I completed my PWE in Dromoland Farm in Lexington Kentucky. Following graduation I worked for four years at Hunter Valley Farm. I am now the Assistant Farm Manager at Indian Creek Farm in Paris Kentucky.”

Leo Dooley Animal Science-Equine Graduate


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