Masters

Master in Equine Science

Master in Equine Science

1st Edition 2023/2025


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- mce@fmv.ulisboa.pt

 

Objectives

The Master course in Equine Science (MCE) aims to:

  1. Provide high-level training in the area of horse production and use, based on updated technical and scientific knowledge, thus contributing to the training of professionals with a solid background in the basic and applied sciences of this area, through the strengthening of human and material resources of three Schools of ULisboa, with teaching and research in the fields of veterinary, agricultural and sport sciences.

  2. Contribute for the development and consolidation of scientific research in this field, promoting the application of specialized knowledge on innovative methodologies and techniques that allow the sector to develop, and to promote the integration of students into national and international research networks.

It is intended that MCE students acquire or consolidate skills that allow them to:   

  1. Know and understand the complexity of equine anatomy and physiology.
  2. Integrate and relate the physiological processes associated with exercise, allowing the application of appropriate methodologies for different uses.
  3. Understand the biomechanics of equine locomotion and its practical application to equestrian sport.
  4. Understand the importance of genetics and animal breeding as an essential tool in programs for the conservation and improvement of equine breeds.
  5. Outline, manage and evaluate equine production systems, applying the most appropriate techniques and methodologies according to the productive objective in the areas of feeding, reproduction, management, health and well-being.
  6. Know the technical characteristics and particularities associated with sportive and non-sportive practices and activities that involve the use of horses.


Target audience

Who can apply for the Master in Equine Science:

  1. Holders of a bachelor's or master's degree, or legal equivalent, in the areas of Veterinary, Animal Science, Agricultural and Biological Sciences or similar;
  2. Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum within the sector of horse production and use, that is recognized by the Scientific Committee as suitable for attending the cycle of studies.


Structure

The MCE is coordinated by FMV (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine) and has the formal involvement of two other Schools of the University of Lisbon, FMH (Faculty of Human Kinetics) and ISA (School of Agriculture). It also count with the collaboration of relevant entities in the organization and functioning of this sector, the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art (EPAE) and the Portuguese Equestrian Federation (FEP), whose contributions are valuable in terms of the use of the horse and the organization of equestrian sport.

Application

Applications for the admission to the Master in Equine Science (1st Edition) will take place in two periods for international and national students.

The information about the first and second applications period will be provided soonely

 

Operation & Schedule

The Master course takes place over 2 years (4 semesters), comprising a total of 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). It consists of a curricular part, during the first year, and a second year where students will carry out a curricular traineeship with the aim of developing their practical skills and consolidating their knowledge through the preparation of a dissertation and its public defense.

The Master's degree will be awarded to students who obtain approval in all the curricular units of the study plan. Students who successfully attend and complete all 1st year curricular units, corresponding to 60 ECTS, will be issued a Postgraduate Certificate in Equine Science. The curricular units of the curricular component will also be offered as isolated units, in accordance with the Portuguese legislation and internal regulations, and may be credited by FEP (Federação Equestre Portuguesa) and IPDJ (Instituto Português do Desporto e Juventude) for coaches continuous training.


Study Plan

Curricular Units ECTS

1st YEAR– 1st Semester

 

Anatomy and Physiology I

3

Nutrition and Feeding I

3

Pasture and forage production

3

Horse production

3

Equine reproduction

1

Genetics and animal breeding I

2

Behaviour and Welfare I

1

Biomechanics of exercise

2

Hygiene and Health I

2

Horse use I

6

Equestrian pedagogy

2

Equine podology

2

1º YEAR - 2nd Semester

Anatomy and Physiology II

2

Nutrition and Feeding II

3

Exercise and Sport Physiology

3

Equine Reproduction II

2

Genetics and animal breeding II

2

Behaviour and Welfare II

2

Biomechanics of movement and tissues

2

Hygiene and Health II

3

Horse use II

7

Economics and Management in equine production

2

Experimental design

2

2º YEAR– 3rd e 4th Semesters

Communication in Science

2

Internship

58



Vacancies

The number of vacancies assigned for the 2023/2025 Edition ranges between 15 (minimum) and 25 (maximum).


Tuition fee

National or equivalent student:

2.000 € - 1st year, and 1.500€ - 2nd year. In each year the payment of the annual attendance fee (tuition fee) can be made in 10 instalments.


International student:

3000 € - 1st year, and 2.500€ - 2nd year. In each year the payment of the annual attendance fee (tuition fee) can be made in 10 instalments.


Coordination

Coordinator
Professor Doutor Manuel Vasconcelos Horta Rui Caldeira

Scientific Committe
Professor Doutor Rui Manuel Vasconcelos Horta Caldeira - Coordenador da FMV;
Professora Doutora Ana Isabel A. Nascimento Rodrigues de Melo – Coordenadora da FMH;
Professora Doutora Teresa de Jesus da Silva Matos - Coordenadora do ISA;
Two more teachers from FMV.