Sports Performance Analysis

Portobello Institute

Sports Performance Analysis

The demands are extensive for those hoping to progress in the industry of elite sports performance. In addition to fundamental academic capabilities and professional competencies, specific technical and analytical skills are required to be competitive in the rapidly evolving industry of sports technology and performance.

A masters from a recognised global leading sports science university

This MSc is designed to professionally develop practitioners to progress in both their applied and academic career. Awarded by Liverpool John Moore’s University (LJMU), graduates will hold an instantly recognised masters from one of the world’s leading universities for sports science and performance analysis.

A career in sports technology or professional performance domains

The course is designed for those students considering entering employment in sports technology or professional performance domains. Excellent links with sports technology companies and performance sport domains will allow all students to experience a practical-based placement as part of their course.

The course furthermore aims to develop students’ ability to work independently, in proposing and developing solutions to problems in a systematic and effective manner, and in communicating confidently and clearly both in writing and verbally. It enables the demonstration of the graduate attributes of self-awareness; performance in a variety of idioms and contexts; and ethical and creative considerations.

Combine working full-time with study from anywhere

These modules have been designed by Portobello Institute for blended online learning so you can study from anywhere and in your own time. This online blended learning option gives mature students and those working or training full-time, the opportunity to access this masters degree qualification.

Who will recognise my qualification?
Upon completing this level 9 degree, you will hold a MSc in Sports Performance Analysis awarded by Liverpool John Moore’s University (LJMU), one of the leading universities globally for sports science and performance analysis.

You will be registered as a student of LJMU for the duration of your studies.

Qualifications Frameworks in Ireland and the UK

The Irish and UK qualifications authorities have collaborated on initiatives that promote the transparency, recognition and mobility of qualifications between our respective jurisdictions. The qualifications authorities in the UK and Ireland have agreed the qualifications frameworks in operation, Brexit will not impact this agreement. Further guidance on this framework is available

Subjects taught

This programme offers you the opportunity to develop and progress your career by providing a rigorous, in-depth and relevant focus on applied and academic sports performance analysis skills. You will develop your understanding and ability to apply knowledge and analysis to various contexts through a range of opportunities, including the use of your own work experience, case studies, performance analysis scenarios, presentations, problem-based learning exercises and study visits.

Biomechanical Analysis for Sports Performance (20 credits)
Notational Analysis for Sports Performance (20 credits)
Performance Analysis for Individual Sports (20 credits)
Performance Analysis for Team Sports (20 credits)
Personal and Professional Development (20 credits)
Research Methods for Sports Performance Analysis (20 credits)
Sports Performance Analysis Dissertation (60 credits)

Delivery Mode
This MSc has been specifically designed for delivery by online learning with live interactive webinar sessions. It is very suited to you if you have a busy work and home life and want to fit study around this. Blended Learning takes the schedule of a traditional face to face learning programme and re-structures it to reduce the contact tuition time by introducing more online learning together with one to one tutor support.

This mode of delivery includes contact tuition via web-based e-learning and interactive webinar sessions. The e-learning platform is interactive including live and recorded sessions, webinars with weekly content and assigned tasks to themes and topics. The time commitment will be greater than a blended learning programme. A blended learning programme usually has a single workshop at the start of a module whereas a flexible delivery programme will usually have a minimum of 1 weekend per month attendance required.

Entry requirements

Applicants will be required to have a minimum of a 2.2 (or equivalent) in a related subject discipline. You should also submit an up-to-date CV and copies of awards/professional qualifications.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the use of the English Language.

Application dates

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college.


3 academic semesters blended learning.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 7th October 2023

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Career prospects
There are a number of different career routes that graduates can take, broadly the options fall in to three categories, technology, applied practice or entertainment.

Sports Performance Analysts can progress in careers in the sports technology industry, working on developing, researching and delivering the next innovations from software and hardware to the world of elite sports.

Sports Performance Analysts are also employed as key members of multidisciplinary professional sports teams, working closely with coaches providing performance support to teams and athletes.
Sports Performance Analysts play a key role in providing performance footage, review and analysis for TV commentary. This could include coverage of major world championships as well as weekly league requirements.

What is the role of a sports performance analyst?
If you are interested in assessing performance in sport to develop an understanding of actions that can inform decision-making, optimize performance and support coaches and players in their journey towards optimal results, then a role in sports performance analysis will be of interest to you. Professional sports teams employ performance data analysts to manage the data they gather and analyse to manage the development of their athletes. When working in this area of sport you will be helping professional athletes and teams achieve optimum levels of performance. As a sports performance analyst, you will utilise the principles of measurement and assessment strategies in sport, exercise and physical education.

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