Full time bachelor programme international equine business management Aeres university of applied sciences

First year

The first year consists of 4 modules:

Module 1: Applied Equine Research

In this module, you will be setting up and implementing an applied research in the international equine sector.

Subjects in this module:

  • Applied Equine Science (equine behaviour, welfare, health, exercise physiology, digestion and nutrition).
  • Research methods and data analysis.
  • Writing a mini thesis.


  • To cooperate: You will be part of group work in order to conduct research and achieve the desired result by delivering a research report and a presentation.
  • To present: You are able to communicate the setup and the results of the research in presentation. The final presentation assessed by the assessment checklist.
  • To research: You identify and describe a problem or a development, formulate a practice-based research question and answers this using a suitable research method. This will be presented in the form of a research report and a poster presentation.

Module 2: International Business and Strategy

In this module you will learn how to develop a strategy for a business in the equine sector.

  • Strategy and Change management: You will learn methods to analyze the strategic position of a company. You will learn how to make strategic choices and organize new strategies.
  • International Business: You will develop competencies to analyze the environment of international business. You will obtain competencies in order to assess opportunities in the global market and will learn to develop a successful strategy for international businesses. You will learn how to organize transportation and deliver customs documents for international businesses.
  • Financial Management 2: You will learn to draw up budgets and make reliable cost calculations for an organization. You will learn how to analyze financial information.
  • Human resource Management: You will learn the role and importance of human resource management in organizations and will learn to define the major HRM activities. This course covers the subjects of recruitment, selection, training, retention and motivation, and the importance of HRM in the ever-changing work environment.

Module 3: Equine Policy International

In this module, you will advise an organization on a current issue in the equine sector, such as doping in equestrian sports or identification and registration, in which business law, stud book policy strategy and intercultural communication are integrated.

Subjects in this module:

  • Law and the international Equine sector: You will be able to understand the basics of civil law, its effect on the international equine industry, the relation between civil law and international trade agreements, the principles of a contract and its obligations, and settlement of disputes.
  • Policy Equine Contagious diseases: You will be able to understand the risks of movement of livestock (horses) around the world and how this can be managed.
  • Policy equine stud books and breeding: Provides you with knowledge of important issues in the genetics of horses on which the stud books make decisions and plan strategy. You will learn how strategies are formulated based on internal and external analysis.
  • Research and writing policy statement: Gives you a notion of current and relevant equine topics and required abilities of policy-forming in a variety of equine businesses and organizations. You will be able to write and structure reports according to academic standards according to APA style, as well as present information from reports in an official and academic way.
  • Training intercultural communication: You will know your own culture, can identify intercultural differences (based on theory). You will be able to deal with intercultural differences when dealing with people abroad. You will also be able to make an intercultural strategy for a company.

Module 4: International Equine Event Management

In this module, you will be preparing and implementing the script during an equine event.

Subjects in this module:

  • Equine event management (theory): project-based work, risk analysis, meeting legal requirements surrounding the organisation, marketing and communication, evaluation of the event.
  • Equine event management (practice): sales management, stress management, personal branding, soft skills.
  • Report writing & Presentation skills: write and structure reports according to academic standards according to APA style as well as present information from reports in an official and academic way. 

Second year

The second year of the programme consists of:

  • Two elective minors
  • A thesis and an international internship