STOKE CLIMSLAND'S Duchy College has welcomed its first research master's degree students to the campus in a new move for the 2011 academic year.
The students are studying degrees in equitation science, agriculture and food which are accredited by the University of Plymouth.
They began by attending an intensive research methods week in order to prepare them for their research projects.
Postgraduate student Eleanor Boden, 22, completed a national diploma in horse management and equitation at Myerscough College and then went onto complete a BSc honours degree in equine science and physiology at the University of Central Lancashire.
She is now studying the research masters (equitation science).
She said: "I wanted to specialise in equitation science as that is where my interests lie, as well as being applicable to my undergraduate research and nowhere else offered an opportunity like this one."