What will I learn?

Equine science is a specialization within animal science, which involves the study of the reproduction, physiology, behavior and nutrition of horses.

Would you like to follow a professional career in the horse industry? The four-year BSc degree in Equine Science provides you with the opportunity to underpin your career aspirations with specialist knowledge and skills. This programme, unique in Europe, has been developed because of the economic importance of the horse and related industries and the consequential need to produce highly qualified personnel with the specialised knowledge to exploit the potential of these industries.

The overall aim of the programme is to equip you with degree-level competence in the disciplines of Equine Science and a choice of professional studies in either Equitation* (the art or practice of horse riding or horsemanship) or Equine Business Management. Graduates of the programme contribute to the continued development of the horse industry through the application of their knowledge, skills and research in Science, Equitation and Business Management.

Employability skills from this degree

Working independently and in teams
Working at all levels of the horse industry
Knowledge of equitation and business
Familiarity with the national and international horse industry
Thinking critically

Career opportunities

Graduates from this programme may choose from a wide variety of career opportunities in areas such as:

Equine Enterprise Management (Stud Farms, Show Jumping Yards, Racing Yards, Equestrian Centres).
Leisure, Recreation and Tourism based on Equine activities.
Equestrian Marketing and Sales Enterprises.
Equine related service industry (food supply, equipment manufacturing, laboratory servicing, management information (IT)).
Equine Research and Development.
Sports Journalism.
Equine related organisations, including state and semi-state.
Self-employment in the equine industry.
Postgraduate studies

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
€17,848.00 (US$ 20,703) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 July 2022

More details

Start date

5 September 2022


University of Limerick


Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Be registered in the General Division of the Register of Nurses maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) or entitled to be so registered. Have a minimum of 6 months post-registration experience as an RGN* within the past 3 years, working a minimum of 78 hours per month. Irish Leaving Certificate English: Ordinary Level Grade D or above; TOEFL: 580 (paper based) OR 90 (internet based); IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any component; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Minimum score of 61 (with no section score below 59)

For international students

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include:

Two H5 (Higher Level) grades


Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or Four H7 (Higher Level) grades

Irish Leaving Certificate English: Ordinary Level Grade D or above

TOEFL: 580 (paper based) OR 90 (internet based)

IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any component

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Minimum score of 61 (with no section score below 59)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Limerick

The University of Limerick is an affordable place for students to gain a top-class education which will boost their future career prospects.

  • Named the Sunday Times Irish University of the Year 2019
  • Voted best Student Campus in Ireland in 2019 and 2020
  • 3rd in Europe for Employability and Career Preparation
  • Affordable cost of living, with scholarships available