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Bachelor of Equine Science


Transform your passion for horses into a career with a program focussed on strategies to improve their management, performance and welfare across the global equine industry.

Build a strong understanding of horse and animal biology, structure and function in the Bachelor of Equine Science program.

You'll specialise in agricultural biochemistry, microbiology and its relationship to health and disease, horse behaviour, physiology, biomechanics, breeding, nutritional physiology and diet.

Choose from a range of electives, including agribusiness, biosecurity, pasture and production courses. Throughout, you'll work extensively with horses from the UQ Australian Stock Horse stud, alongside UQ’s expert instructors and lecturers.

At graduation, you'll have the scientific knowledge and practical skills required for careers in all aspects of the equine industry.

3 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021)
Program Code
Level 7
A$45248 (indicative per year)
3 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021)
Program Code
Level 7

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Acquire all the career skills you need from internationally renowned equine academic staff.
  • Access an extensive range of facilities at UQ's Gatton campus, including breeding and horse-handling facilities, day yards and stabling amenities.
  • Study the program either internally on campus or externally off campus, with practical components for external students completed during intensive residential schools.
  • Participate in a three-week study tour of equine and production animal facilities in the USA.

28 in the world for veterinary science

QS World University Rankings 2020

1 in Queensland for biological sciences

QS World University Rankings 2020

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Online study
  • Overseas study
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Seminars

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Equine Behaviour and Performance
  • Equine Breeding and Stud Management
  • Equine Exercise and Rehabilitation
  • Equine Nutrition and Health Fundamentals of Equine Science

Dual programs

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Equine welfare officer
  • Equine reproduction veterinarian
  • Bloodstock agency representative
  • Horse riding coach
  • Equine health marketing manager
  • Equine industry development officer
  • Animal nutrition and health specialist
  • Racing and competition stables manager
  • Equine adviser
  • Equine journalist

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)


Graduate salary

Veterinary science (undergraduate)


Next steps after graduation

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.

You can also choose to further your research ambitions and enrol in an honours year to develop your research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

Find out more about careers that started in science

Entry requirements


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


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

Entry score threshold


These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2020. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

Learn more about English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Additional application information

International students must undertake this program on campus at UQ on a full time basis to be eligible to apply for an Australian student visa. Please contact UQ International.

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Equine Science for Semester 1, 2020

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest5 / 925 / 92
Median10 / 7910 / 79
Lowest13 / 7312 / 75

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2020:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study


(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study


(C) Work and life experience

(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor

International students




"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Equine Science are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $45,248

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Equine Science for the 2021 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about undergraduate fees


Domestic places in the Bachelor of Equine Science are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $9,673

Indicative annual fee 2020 Commonwealth supported place

Fee information for 2021 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2020.

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Equine Science for the 2021 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about undergraduate fees



How to apply

Applying online

How you apply depends on what type of applicant you are.

Your senior schooling is from Australia or New Zealand

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian Year 12 (either in Australia or offshore) or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate in Australia.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Equine Science is 787109.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to QTAC

All other international applicants

Submit your application to UQ. If you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelor of Equine Science is 2385.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to UQ

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is: 

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Admissions schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Pathway options

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Learn more about pathway options

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit