Build on your knowledge and gain skills in research methodologies, communication and entrepreneurship by undertaking an independent research project in the Bachelor of Equine Science (Honours).

  • This one-year research program is designed for students who have completed a Bachelor of Equine Science or a related animal science program – see Program Details for entry requirements. It offers valuable experience relevant to a career in equine research.
  • Undertake high level analysis as you complete an independent research project. Assessment involves preparation of a literature review on your selected topic, a research seminar and poster, and an extensive research thesis outlining your findings.
  • Work closely with an equine specialist researcher throughout your honours year and gain valuable experience and networks to pursue a research career or move into a diverse range of employment within the equine industry.
  • Graduate with an honours qualification that provides valuable experience in independent analysis and research. It is excellent preparation for postgraduate study by coursework or a higher degree such as a PhD.

Design, implement and present an equine research project that emphasises the importance of your chosen topic, establishes methodology, and uses data analysis to draw defensible conclusions.

  • In the classroom

    Work closely with experts

    During your honours year, you'll work closely with internationally respected researchers and academics who will guide your studies. Students also undertake coursework in small and supportive groups, which facilitates more in-depth class discussions.

  • Campus Facilities

    Specialist equine facilities

    Specialist equine 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.

Career outcomes

Following completion of an honours year you will have the opportunity to continue in research through government, tertiary and private institutions. You will be able to hone your research skills and make significant contributions to our knowledge about horses with an aim to improve their care, welfare, nutrition, and training.

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.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements


Bachelor of Equine Science or Bachelor of Applied Science or equivalent with a GPA of 5; and satisfied any additional requirements set by the Head of School; or

Satisfied the Executive Dean and Head of School that the applicant is qualified to undertake honours based on the applicant's academic records; and subject to completion of additional work if set.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Equine Science (Honours) 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 (Honours). 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.


Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Further study options

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

Courses and Programs

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