Equine Leadership and Management PgCert

Course code D422

What is special about this course?

This fully online course is designed to help current and future leaders and managers in the equine industry prepare for the challenges and opportunities facing their organisations. 

Leaders need to take on greater responsibility to drive innovation and creativity within their teams, finding new solutions and new ways of working. It is also true that organisations need more people to take on leadership responsibilities even where they do not necessarily have a formal management position within the business. The niche pressures, challenges and range of external legislation and competition require managers of organisations in the industry to take responsibility to drive innovation and identify new solutions and new ways of working to be adaptable.

This course will provide you with the opportunity to think about your own leadership approach and preferences, as well as the needs of your organisation. It will encourage you to develop and make changes that can have a positive impact on yourself and your business.

The course focuses on leadership management and communication, with an equine specific module covering strategic and operational change in the equine industry. This is highly relevant in today’s fast moving industry.

An online induction, which is delivered at the beginning of the course, will introduce you to the online learning environment.

Special features

  • Online delivery allows you the flexibility to fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments
  • Provides an understanding of effective leadership and management
  • Provides you with the skills to become an effective leader/manager
  • Provides you with the skills to manage change within the industry
  • Provides professional and self-development
  • Allows you to focus on the equine industry
  • Improves confidence, communication, and decision-making

Entry requirements

  • 2.2 honours degree or above in Equine Business Management or Business
  • Other degrees may be considered where applicants are working in the equine industry
  • Applicants with other qualifications or experience are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis

Access routes


For the PgCert (60 credits) you will study two core modules plus one option (each 20 credit modules) from the following:

Modules available in the semester starting September:

  • Organisational leadership and management (core)
  • Managing strategic and operational change in the equine industry (core)
  • Effective communication (option)
  • Information decision-making (option)

Modules available in the semester starting January:

  • Managing strategic and operational change in the equine industry (core)
  • Information decision making (option)

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (structured): 1 year
  • Part-time (unstructured): 2 years

Where can I study my course?

  • North, West and Hebrides - Rural Studies Centre, Halkirk

Start date

  • September
  • January


Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.


UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course you might like to consider careers in more senior leadership and management positions within the public, private or voluntary sectors of the equine industry.

Can I progress into further study?

The course is designed for professionals wishing to develop their career opportunities but would also provide a strong base for progression to a PgDip or Masters programme. 

On successful completion of the course, it may be possible to progress on to our MSc Leadership and Management.

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