The Animal Science - Equine (Hons) degree from University College Dublin provides the scientific knowledge and transferable skills necessary for professional leadership roles within many aspects of the animal and equine science industries.
You’ll learn about:
Key Fact: Ireland produces more thoroughbred foals than any other EU state. We are the third-largest producer worldwide and marketed globally as The Land of the Horse.
In addition to the career opportunities available to Animal Science graduates, Animal Science – Equine graduates are equipped to pursue careers in:
You can pursue equine science research and development, master’s and PhD opportunities in Europe and the US.
A five-month PWE placement is integral to your degree and is an invaluable learning and networking opportunity. Exciting options include placements on stud farms in the Kentucky Bluegrass region and Japan, top show-jumping and eventing yards in Ireland, and with Tattersalls Ireland and Horse Sport Ireland.
There are also opportunities to participate in the Study Abroad Programme in third year, at universities including:
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
You’ll study the basic sciences at the start, which are complemented by specialist modules in:
First & Second Year
Third & Fourth Year
Animal practicals are delivered at UCD’s Lyons Research Farm, where excellent new equine teaching and research facilities exist. Anatomy classes are conducted at UCD’s Veterinary Hospital, while exciting research programmes in equine and animal science support the taught elements.
Students’ time is spent primarily attending lectures and undertaking independent study. In most modules this also involves attending practical sessions, laboratory workshops and/or tutorials.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Book IELTS
Minimum required score (Grade A):
The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
Depending on your country of origin there are a number of ways that you can obtain a place on UCD undergraduate degree programmes.
To find out more about which application requirements apply in your case, select the description that best matches you: https://myucd.ucd.ie/admission/apply.ezc
Leaving Certificate: Passes in six subjects including English, Irish, Mathematics, one laboratory science subject & two other recognised subjects. You must obtain a minimum of Grade H5 in two subjects and a minimum of Grade O6/H7 in the remaining four subjects.
When submitting an application to the CAO it must be accompanied by the following documentation (or followed by the documentation if applying on-line):
In the absence of these documents and translations the application will not be processed.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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