Turn your passion for horses into a career managing their performance and welfare across the growing global equine industry.

  • This three-year program is dedicated to the study of equine welfare, behaviour, nutrition, reproduction, health, rehabilitation, exercise, and physiology.
  • Learn the scientific and practical aspects of the horse industry and related social and community issues, including general animal science and specialised equine courses.
  • Study in specialised facilities in the Equine Units at the Gatton Campus, which includes performance testing facilities, a reproduction laboratory, teasing lanes, and equestrian training arenas.
  • Graduate with the knowledge and skills to improve equine management, performance, and welfare across industries including racehorses, work horses, and recreational and performance horses.

Prepare for a career working with horses to improve their training, welfare, performance and management.

  • Campus Life

    Hands-on experience

    Hands-on experience

    During your studies you’ll work with horses from the UQ Australian Stock Horse stud and learn from expert instructors and lecturers. You'll participate in laboratory and field-based activities and contribute to the management and upkeep of the Equine Unit.

  • Campus Life

    Specialist facilities

    Specialist facilities

    Along with a $1.5 million Equine Unit, Gatton campus is also home to the Equine Specialist Hospital, which provides a range of services including emergency treatment, diagnostic imaging, and surgery.

  • Campus Life

    Participate in a vibrant culture

    Student organisations like the UQ Equestrian Club, the UQ Equine Association, and the Gatton Students' Association provide plenty of opportunities for you to network, socialise and build relationships outside of the classroom.

  • Fast Facts

    Economic contribution

    The equine sector is a fast-growing global industry. In Australia alone, the sector contributes billions of dollars annually to the country's economy.

Career outcomes

As an equine specialist, you will establish a career in fields and industries such as:

  • equine enterprise management
  • agribusiness firms servicing the equine industry
  • animal nutrition and animal health companies
  • bloodstock agencies
  • breed societies, equestrian centres and riding schools
  • equine industry organisations and educational institutions
  • equine journalism
  • horse studs
  • preconditioning and training businesses
  • racing and competition stables
  • sales and marketing
  • statutory bodies administering racing and trotting.

Other graduates choose to further their research ambitions and enrol in an honours year to develop their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

  • Students
    "I would suggest to any students wanting a career with horses, even if you haven't had much experience previously, to take this opportunity. You will complete this degree well-prepared and comfortable with anything the equine industry can throw at you." - Jordan Watson, Bachelor of Equine Science
    Current student
  • Beyond the classroom

    International experience

    During your studies you'll be able to participate in a three-week tour of equine and production animal facilities in Kentucky and Texas, USA.


  • Program code
  • 787109
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 7

Entry requirements


Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English plus one of Mathematics A or Mathematics B.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Equine Science are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Equine Science. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Dual programs

Dual programs let you study two degrees at the same time. Each dual program has a single set of Program Rules.

The following dual programs are available with the Bachelor of Equine Science:

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Equine Science have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Eligibility for honours is based on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules for the honours program.

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