Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH405

CAO Points : 357

Closing Date : 01 July 2018

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The Equine Business degree offers students insights into the equine business, thoroughbred and sport horse breeding and riding, and its management here in Ireland and internationally. The course combines a comprehensive business degree with an equine business specialism, granting students the ability to engage with a rapidly changing world by creating value for the equine industry and the wider economy.
Choose this degree if you are interested in
  • A comprehensive business degree with an equine business specialism;
  • Horse Racing Ireland and Maynooth University offer four Michael Osborne Equine Business Scholarships each year for the three years of the Equine Business degree. The objective of the scholarships is to promote Irish and international horse racing.
  • Equine business, thoroughbred and sport horse breeding, thoroughbred racing, equestrian sport and its management here in Ireland and internationally;
  • Understanding the equine leisure and tourism and stud farm management sectors of the industry and the functions of a business (including marketing, management, information systems, operations and optional modules);
  • An opportunity to take a one-year work placement (subject to availability) or spend third year studying in either the University of Arizona on the Racetrack Industry programme or at the University of Kentucky. Such opportunities enhance your CV with valuable experience and increase employment opportunities upon graduation.
A range of equine, business and management subjects are taken across the three years of the programme. Each year you develop your understanding of the business and how to manage within the equine industry and a wider appreciation of business, marketing and management. Students who opt in 2nd year to take a placement in 3rd year (subject to availability) are conferred with a BBA in Equine Business after four years.
Course Duration: 3 years (BBS) or 4 years (BBA)

Stud farm management, racetrack management, regulatory organisations, industry bodies, bloodstock sales, marketing/promotions, betting sector, equine leisure, recreation and tourism sector, ancillary businesses e.g. feed, transport, veterinary services, equipment, insurance, accountancy, teaching.
The School of Business currently offers the following range of postgraduate programmes:
  • MSc in Strategy and Innovation
  • MSc in Business and Management (for non-business graduates)
  • PhD in Management
This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
Subject Required Ordinary Level Grade Higher Level Grade
Irish Yes O6 H7
English Yes O6 H7
Language No N/A N/A
Math Yes O4 H7
Science No N/A N/A

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

A mature student is 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time degrees the mature age is 21. Admission is based on your application. Written assessment and/or interview. 
O4/H7 Leaving Certificate Mathematics or equivalent is required.
Apply to the CAO by February 1st 2018. Late applications from mature students may be accepted after this date - consult the Undergraduate Studies website for updates. Application may not be made to the CAO after May 1st 2018.
Mature students must complete the CAO section for mature applicants fully, indicating clearly past or current studies, and outlining educational goals and objectives. Applicants are assessed on the basis of the information provided on their CAO application form. All questions should be answered in full.

Mature student applicants who have a disability 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for any required written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2018 to the Access Office. Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline. 

For further information on the supporting documentation required, as well as examination and other supports visit the Access Office website.

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7, O6/H7 in Irish, English & O4/H7 Mathematics.
New Maynooth Education
Click here for details about 1st year optional Critical Skills courses and 2nd year optional Electives and degree pathways. 
DARE: The Disability Access Route to Education is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.
HEAR: The Higher Education Access Route is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

The application process depends on the type of applicant you are. Click here for all information about how to apply.

Categories of applicant:

  • School-leavers (Leaving Certificate students)
  • Mature students (23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University/part-time degrees the mature age is 21)
  • EU/EFTA/UK students
  • International students (outside the EU)
  • QQI (Further Education) students
  • Transferring students
  • Deferring students


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