Course Structure

This one-year higher education Diploma of Equine Management consists of eight units. Each unit carries equal weighting and all eight units must be successfully completed to be awarded the Diploma.

Course Units
  • Human Resource & Information Management
  • Equine Business Systems 1
  • Equine Business Systems 2
  • Equine Science 1
  • Equine Science 2
  • Equine Husbandry & Management
  • Horse Industry Elective
  • Equine Business Management

For further details on what each unit covers see Course Units.


The Horse Industry Elective Unit requires students to select one of two electives. One of the electives focuses on racing and thoroughbred breeding and the other on equestrian and sport horse training. Both electives have some common learning outcomes.

The Equine Business Management Unit includes a Special Interest Study Contract (SISC) and an eight-week Industry Training Program, providing an opportunity for the student to allocate extra focus and experience in a particular area of interest to them.

Industry Placement

During the eight-week Industry Training Program, students will be able to gain relevant work experience on prominent horse establishments throughout Australia and New Zealand. Students have the opportunity to work in racing, harness, equestrian stables, race clubs or breed society administration, insurance, horse transport logistics, horse breaking, agistment, veterinary practises, marketing, media and financial institutions.

In addition to the Industry Training Program there is also a three-week Practical Thoroughbred Stud Placement (a component of Equine Science 2 Unit) working at a stud to apply and consolidate the theory covered in the classroom. There is an opportunity to complete these placements overseas.

Study Experience

Marcus Oldham’s program delivery offers a unique opportunity to gain the most from your study experience. Students are able to stay full-time on campus and provision is also made for their horse on campus.

The collegiate environment provides an opportunity to draw upon the broad network of experiences and contacts to enhance the learning outcomes. The course is delivered using case studies, industry visits, practical demonstrations and experiential learning along with a strong industry related curriculum.

Equine Facilities

Want to bring your horse to Marcus Oldham? Our facilities are complete with an indoor arena, outdoor arena, stable complex, round yard and more.

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Here's some frequently asked questions

The postgraduate units are delivered online via a Learning Management System called D2L. Majority of the units are offered at each enrolment except for those with a workshop component (LDP605 and ARM503). You can individually tailor a study plan to include a combination of part-time and full-time study, and the flexibility to choose the order in which units are taken.

Full details on the courses and units offered can be found on the website. New students will be requested to complete the compulsory core units (CMI502 and ASA501) in the first four units of study, regardless of whether they are enrolled in the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master course.

The postgraduate program has several enrolment intakes that align with the Trimesters. The first round of enrolments occur in January, second round in May and third round in September (only for existing students). New students to the program who are enrolling for the first time can only enrol in the first or second round.

The enrolment process requires you to submit a copy of your curriculum vitae and certified transcript of results to the Director Postgraduate studies. To complete the eligibility process you will also need to answer some questions and do a brief phone interview.

Whilst eligibility for the postgraduate program is preferably a bachelor degree level, it is not mandatory to have previous study in agriculture or agribusiness. However, an understanding of Australian agriculture/ finance /business is beneficial.

Equine Management students are provided with paddock agistment with supplementary hay, for one horse. The additional costs associated with farriery, dentistry, veterinary and hard feed, are to be borne by the student. If a student cannot bring a horse, the College will lease a horse to the student for the year at a nominal rate. Equine students might also be able to seek reimbursement for some event entry costs by agreement with the course Director.

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