Sports Performance

Key programme benefits to future students
The aims and objectives of this programme, which includes a professional strength & conditioning (accredited) qualification, reflect our commitment to the development of insightful, competent, critical and reflective sports performance practitioners who have the following dispositions, skills, and content knowledge:
• Display originality and insight in the field of strength and conditioning for team and individual sports.
• Demonstrate the skills of utilising video notational analysis to provide feedback to individuals participating in team sports.
• Understand nutritional planning (assessments and recommendation) for elite sports performance and demonstrate competency in application.
• Understand psychological principles underlying elite sports performance and demonstrate the application of psychological skills training to optimise sports performance
• Construct a variety of integrated training practices combining sport-specific skills and related conditioning challenges to optimise player development and progression.
• Demonstrate an appreciation of current research within the area of speed sports.

Key Fact: The aims and objective of this programme, which includes strength & conditioning (accredited) qualification, reflect our commitment to the development of insightful, competent, critical and reflective sports performance practitioners

Subjects taught

Spring Modules
• Qualitative Research Methods
• Speed Sports
• Endurance Sports
• Team Sports
• Strength Sports

Summer Modules
• Professional Competencies I, Professional Competencies II, Professional Competencies III (three distinct 6 credit modules, each Problem Based Learning)
• Research Dissertation Development AND Strength & Conditioning (Professional Accreditation) AND Placement (3 modules)

Autumn Modules
• Research Dissertation

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree, 2.2 honours (Level 8 - QQI) or higher, with preference given to applicants with related subjects such as health, sports science, physical education, nutrition, physiotherapy, anatomy or human biology. Relevant work experience in sport will also be advantageous.

Entry to the programme will be based on the result of a written application and appropriate academic references. There will be no interview.

RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) entry will be available for those without a related degree.

Garda clearance will also be required for this programme.

What to include with your application
Qualification transcripts and certificates
Qualifications and certificate - a certified English translation of your qualifications where you have studied in language other than English
A CV (Curriculum Vitae)
Personal Statement - 1 page
Scanned copy of any laboratory, sports/coaching related certification or workshop attendance
A copy of your birth certificate (long document)AND
English language competency certificate
For applicants applying under Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) please upload the following

Supporting Statement
Appendices evidencing relevant experience

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.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time, taught.


An Application Fee of €35 (electronically) or €40 Bank Draft/Cheque will apply to all taught postgraduate programmes

Enrolment dates


Post Course Info

Graduate careers
The first programme of its kind in Ireland, is now accredited and certifies its students in the following: Certified Conditioning Coach (CCC) accreditation; International Society of Performance Analysis in Sports (ISPAS) Video Analysis; International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK); ‘Cardiac First Response’ (AED).

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Daytime,Full time,Part time

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