Applied Exercise for Health - Kerry

The MSc in Applied Exercise for Health provides learners with the theory and evidence-based practice of applied exercise leadership and lifestyle/behaviour intervention skills, in particular, for people with chronic illnesses or disability, in group or individual client contexts.

Subjects taught

Exercise in Disease and Disability
Principles, Policies and Practices of Health Promotion
Exercise and Health Psychology
Research Methodology and Project Design
Exercise Prescription for Clinical Populations
Adapting for Disability, Prosthetics and Transplants
Behaviour Change: Applied Practice
Physical Activity and Mental Health
Proposal to Methodology: Ethics and Responsible
Research Project

Entry requirements

Applicants must meet the following minimum entry requirements:

- Hold an NFQ level 8 (honours degree) 2.2 or higher in physical education, health and leisure, sports science, physiotherapy or related fields;

- Be eligible for registration on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) in Ireland for the following awards *:
Fitness Instructor;
Group Fitness;
Personal Trainer.

- Applicants must complete a Garda vetting process through IT Tralee;

- Sufficient conversational and written English language skills - an IELTS requirement of 6.5.

*Contact Eimear Foley ( for further information regarding fitness qualifications.


1 year full-time/part-time. Blended learning.

Course Delivery
It is intended to deliver this Master of Science (taught mode) programme as a full-time programme over two days per week for two semesters and with occasional group seminars/workshops. The third semester is entirely taken up with a major research project. Where sufficient applicants wish to pursue the programme in part-time mode, then learners may take half of the modules each semester (equating to approximately one day per week for four semesters) and then undertake the research project after all taught modules have been completed.

This programme will be delivered using a blended method, which is a combination of self-instructional learning materials, online lectures, traditional face-to-face lectures and workshops, online discussions and assignments. The first semester (January-May) is predominately delivered online with 2-3 intensive onsite blocks. The second semester (September – December) will include more regular onsite days to facilitate client work (Mondays) in addition to online classes (Tuesdays).

Post Course Info

Doctoral or PhD study.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime,Blended

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