Sports Coaching - Applied Sports Coaching

Key programme benefits to future students
Engage with practitioner leaders in the field of sports coaching, recognised experts from UL with extensive experience supporting coaches, and peers from a diverse range of sports.

For individuals without a primary degree in Coaching, Sport Science or a related discipline, there is also a popular entry route based on providing evidence of extensive coaching experience.

Workshops are held on Mondays. To make it more accessible, the course is predominantly delivered online, supported by several on campus days each semester.

Key Fact: Your coaching will form the basis for the curriculum: your plans (for sessions; for seasons; for club culture; for long term athlete development), your behaviours (during training sessions and during competitions), your reflections, your philosophy of practice, will all be examined in light of case studies from our external speakers, and the latest research in coaching science and sport science.

Subjects taught

Year 1
Autumn Modules
• The Coaching Process & Practice

Spring Modules
• Reflective Practice for Sports Coaches
• Performance Analysis in Coaching

Summer Modules
• Athlete and Coach Development

Year 2
Autumn Modules
• Management & Leadership in Coaching
• Research Project Development

Spring Modules
• Research Project 1 Sports Coaching

Summer Modules
• Research Project 2 Sports Coaching

Entry requirements

Applicants without a relevant degree may apply via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), if they can demonstrate significant coaching experience. Specifically, prospective candidates require a minimum of 5 years coaching experience along with appropriate sport-specific coaching awards (preferably minimum Level 2). An application via RPL requires a supporting statement uploaded with the application. Completed Additional Application Documentation form - please click here for link to form

Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University. The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary.

Garda Clearance is also required for this programme.

Specific Programme Entry Requirements: Applicants must:
Hold a sports National Governing Body Level 1 Coaching Award (minimum)
Show evidence of previous experience in sports coaching and must be practicing coaches for the programme duration.
Obtain Garda Vetting as a requirement of this Master's programme.
What to include with your application

Qualification transcripts and certificates
Completed Additional Application Documentation form - please click here for link to form
A copy of your birth certificate (long document)
If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate

Application dates

Preparing your Application:
1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


2 years part-time, blended.

Enrolment dates


Post Course Info

Graduate careers
Graduates are engaged in a variety of coaching, coach development, strength & conditioning and athlete development roles within soccer, rugby, basketball, swimming, tennis, karate, tennis, Gaelic football, hurling, camogie, athletics, triathlon, gymnastics, rowing and horse sport.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Blended,Part time

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