Equine science with an emphasis on the Icelandic horse
B.Sc. in Equine Science is a 3 year programme 180 ECTS credits of study which aims to give students a broad basic education in applied biology together with special knowledge in the basic subjects of agricultural science and in the biology of the horse, their management and training.
Programme director Sigríður Bjarnadóttir.
Students obtain a solid basis in the natural sciences upon which more applied subjects in agriculture and special subjects related to the horse are added.
After completion of their studies in Equine Science students should have obtained all around knowledge and understanding of animal science together with both scientific and applied knowledge of the main fields of equine science with an emphasis of the Icelandic horse.
Students that graduate from this Programme are prepared for specialised jobs connected with horse breeding, horse farming, running of small businesses in this field and in firms servicing the trade. In addition, students should have acquired the basic scientific skills in the field of biology and agricultural science to be able to take part in research projects, enter post graduate studies and seek scientific knowledge on their own.
Language(s) of instruction/examination
Icelandic, only occasionally in English or Scandinavian languages. Most textbooks are in English or Scandinavian languages
Level of qualification
Three years at first cycle (level 2) of higher education according to National Qualification Framework for Higher Education in Iceland.
Official length of programme
Full time study for three academic years.
Icelandic matriculation examination (studentsprof: school leaving examination after four years of secondary school) or another secondary examination which the University board regards as equivalent.
Mode of study
Full time studies - 180 ECTS
180 ECTS credits have to be completed for the qualification, 60 ECTS credits per year. Students have to complete all the first and second year credits before they commence on their third year. Obligatory courses are 152 ECTS credits, and optional courses are equivalent to 18 ECTS credits.
Students complete their studies with a research project of 10 ECTS credits. The students present the results of their research project in a written thesis and an oral examination.
This programme enters into the perspectives of the economic, biological and technical conditions for livestock and land utilization and various aspects of agricultural sciences, such as feeds and feeding, breeding, housing and animal well-being. Natural resources are addressed, emphasizing ecology, biology, livestock science, soil science, chemistry etc. Insights are provided into the technology of utilizing natural resources, for instance work procedures, machines, tools and the environment.