Applied Techniques for Sustaining the Equine Resource
Development of analysis protocols for the recognition of threats to the equine and exploration of feasible preventative and prophylactic approaches to minimise risk.
Comparative Exercise Physiology
To systematically review the latest research findings and methodologies in application to athletic animals, including humans.
Current Issues and Innovation in the Equine Industry
A quest for solutions for complex issues currently impacting on the horse and the equine industry, incorporating consideration of cross-discipline techniques and approaches
Equestrian Sport, Culture and Society
Application of social science theories and concepts to evaluate the role of the horse in modern sport, culture and society.
Development of a critical awareness of the latest advances in techniques, research and scholarship relating to the scientific study of the horse: rider dyad.
The dissertation is a triple module and allows students to design and conduct a substantial piece of independent, supervised research in the field of equine science. The dissertation is an independent piece of academic work which allows the student to identify and work in an area of interest to them and manage the research process to agreed deadlines.
Research Methodology and Design
This module provides students with the essential personal, organisational, management, theoretical and statistical skills needed to work at Postgraduate Level. It will explore research philosophies, research process and design and the process of questionnaire development and design. The module will develop skills in advanced data organisation, presentation, dissemination and problem solving.
Applications are sought from individuals possessing a minimum of Lower Second Class (2.2) Honours Degree (or equivalent) in related subjects such as Equine Science, Equine Management, Equitation Science, Animal Science and Biology. Candidates not possessing an Honours Degree at the above grade but with relevant professional qualifications and experience will be welcomed. All non-standard applicants will be interviewed to assess suitability for the course.
Career experience with evidence of study skills may also be considered. Consideration will be given to non-traditional qualifications and relevant work experience. Applicants are encouraged to produce evidence of their potential to benefit from the course. Applicants who believe they may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Experience/Learning (APE/L) for certain modules will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to have an English qualification to IELTS 6 or equivalent.
Learning and assessment
This course makes the most of the extensive equestrian facilities on site including a wide range of horses, large indoor and outdoor arenas and specialist therapy and research equipment. Students will also have access to specialist IT hardware and software as well as to Myerscough's virtual learning environment. Learning activities on the course are diverse, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Students will be expected to undertake extensive independent study and research to support lectures, seminars and assessments.
Students will face a variety of assessments, including written reports, essays, literature reviews, examinations, dissertation, research proposal and presentations.
Study trips are organised to supplement the learning in specific modules. Examples include, veterinary centres, laboratories, race yards and competition training yards. Students are also strongly encouraged to attend research conferences, including Myerscough’s Annual Research Conference. Guest speakers also visit.
What work experience can I get?
There is no formal work placement on this course.
Students are encouraged and supported to submit their research to relevant journals or conferences, subject to the successful application for scholarship funding or self-funding.
On successful completion of the course, students may apply for a PhD.
The course prepares students to enter a diverse range of equine careers, including some within the following areas of the equine and associated industries:
Additional costs for items that are essential for the course include:
· Jodhpurs (plain navy or black), Riding Hat, Hair Net, Gloves - £90
· Laboratory Coat - £10
· College Polo Shirt, Sweatshirt and Jacket (or plain navy or black) - £80
· Strong Boots or Wellingtons for Yard Work - £30
Additional costs for opportunities and items that are optional for the course include:
· If Riding: Long and Short Whip, Non-Suede Gaiters, White Shirt and Tie - £75
· If Jumping; Body Protector - £70
· Field Trips and Visits (including possible overseas trips) - £400
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