The UK’s youngest university has launched a unique new degree course – the only one of its kind in Wales.
The two year foundation degree in equestrian psychology is the latest addition to a range of exclusive courses offered only at Wrexham’s Glyndr University.
The course, which has already attracted interest from more than a dozen students, focuses on horse behaviour and the training of horses and their welfare.
It also looks in detail at the unique relationship between the horse and human, be it the trainer, handler or rider.
The degree is being run from Glyndr University’s campus in Flintshire, in partnership with the Welsh College of Horticulture at Northop.
Students are able to access some of the best practical equestrian facilities at the Northop site, with academic aspects of the course taught at the University’s Wrexham campus.
Tamsin Young, programme leader, said students would also be able to gain valuable industry experience through study placements in the UK or abroad.
She said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this course and believe we have a unique programme incorporating some of the most up-to-date research available in the equestrian sector.
“Students will investigate the special bond fostered between horse and human and how this can be manipulated to achieve success.”
Tamsin, who is currently completing a PhD in equine behaviour, looking at the behaviour and welfare of race-horses, explained that the area of equine behaviour is an expanding niche that will have increasing significance in the future.
She added: “The course looks in detail at the way horses learn and examines some of the newest training methods available. We will make use of the excellent practical facilities offered at Northop to provide students with opportunities to practice training techniques and attend practical short courses.”
The foundation degree in equestrian psychology is included alongside illustration for graphic novels, renewable and sustainable technologies and play and playwork studies in a portfolio of other unique degree courses introduced by Glyndr University for 2008/2009.
The equestrian psychology course is aimed at both school leavers and mature students who are interested in returning to learning.
Both full and part time courses are available.
Further details are available from www.glyndwr.ac.uk, by calling the university’s Student Information Desk (SID) on 01978 293439 or e-mailing email@example.com.