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.

Practical Placement

During the eight-week Practical Placement Program, students will be able to gain relevant work experience on prominent horse establishments across the world. 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 Practical Placement 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 this placement in New Zealand.

Some of the businesses our students have undertaken their Practical Placement include:

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.