BA Equine Business Management

The UK horse industry’s gross output is worth approximately £4 billion per year, attracts around 4.3 million riders, and directly or indirectly employs up to a quarter of a million people. The Equine Business Management programme aims to produce graduates capable of involvement within this highly diverse and thriving industry.

Studying at Hartpury

This programme provides the opportunity to combine pure business modules, developed by the Bristol Business School, with equine business and equine science modules. You will study core business and equine modules and then select optional subjects, enabling you to tailor your degree to suit your needs and interests. Subjects as diverse as Equine Behaviour and Psychology, Estate and Facility Management, Breeding, Nutrition, Therapy and Equitation are also available to study within the programme.

As a BA (Hons) student, you are encouraged to reflect on the theories and principles related to the equine business industry. A period of compulsory work experience between the second and third year facilitates this reflection. During the third year, you will complete a retrospective piece of work linked to your work experience. Learning is through a variety of methods, incorporating lectures, work placements, field trips, laboratory-based practicals, seminars, and discussion groups.

Relationships with external organisations and professionals also ensure students benefit from a range of guest speakers. You will be assessed via a range of methods, including written examinations, multiple choice questions, practical assessments, oral examinations, written assignments, practical notebooks and seminar presentations. A number of programme- specific initiatives are also in place to support the academic development of students.

Areas of study

Level 1

  • Equine Structure and Function
  • Foundation Business Modules - including finance, management and organisational behaviour
  • Equitation
  • The Equine Industry
  • Equestrian Facilities Management

Level 2

  • Human Resource Management
  • Statistics and Research Methods
  • Equine Therapy
  • Equine Event Organisation
  • Stud Management
  • Marketing
  • Equine Nutrition
  • Equine Behaviour

Level 3

  • Vocational Business Experience (equivalent to a dissertation)
  • Rural Diversification
  • Analysis of Equestrian Sport
  • Nutrition
  • Equine Behaviour and Psychology
  • Strategic Management
  • Equine Therapy 2

Programme overview

UCAS code

BA (Hons) – DN42 A

Programme length

BA (Hons) – three years full-time

Part-time option


Work experience opportunity

Yes, a four-week placement between Level 2 and 3


As a graduate from our Equine Business Management programme, you have the potential to pursue a range of careers. Previous graduates have gone on to roles in sales, event and yard management, bloodstock agencies, accountancy and teaching. Alternatively, you can progress on to postgraduate education including the MA Equine Business Management or the MA Sports Business Management.

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