Strength & Conditioning

ATU - Galway Campuses

Strength & Conditioning

Strength and conditioning is the application of scientific principles in order to understand and enhance sport and exercise performance and health and well-being.

The course is designed to provide students with an evidence-based understanding of the scientific method in the context of strength and conditioning. Key areas of study include physiology, coaching, psychology, nutrition and metabolism with a focus on the practical application of strength and conditioning.

In the past decade, there has been a marked growth in the career opportunities available for sport and exercise scientists, S&C coaches and individuals who are multi-disciplined in health, fitness and well-being.

In combination with a growing demand for S&C coaches, there is a demand for providing appropriately qualified and accredited individuals to undertake such roles.

The Master of Science in Strength & Conditioning, therefore, seeks to provide students with an opportunity to study at postgraduate level, to develop their knowledge of sport and exercise science and to increase their skills in applying such knowledge in a sport and exercise setting.

TU Galway has recently been recognised as a National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) Education Recognised Program (ERP 2020-2023).

The ERP recognises and distinguishes schools with standardised, approved strength and conditioning or personal training curricula in undergraduate and graduate settings designed to prepare students for the NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® (NSCA-CPT®) and NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) certifications.

Subjects taught

Year 1
Strength & Conditioning Science & Application 5 credits
Psychology - Coaching and Motivation 5 credits
Applied Sport Technology 5 credits
Strength and Conditioning Theory & Practice 5 credits
Exercise Physiology, Nutrition & Human Performance 5 credits
Research Methods 5 credits
Research Project 60 credits

*Exit Award option available.

Entry requirements

Students must have a minimum of a 2.2 in an honour's degree in any science or related health-discipline. Students with Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) may also be considered for entry, however, they may be required to complete prerequisite assessments prior to acceptance.

Application dates

Postgraduate Applications

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Full-time. On Campus.

It is expected that the programme will be delivered over 10/12 contact hours per week. (TBC).

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Job Opportunities
Specific job opportunities for graduates have included:
• Strength and conditioning coaches with amateur or elite teams
• Performance analysis
• Athlete development programmes
• Public health improvement
• Addressing inequalities in health
• Developing/commissioning and implementing policies and programs
• Monitoring, evaluation and assessment of training needs in individuals/teams
• Education and generating research evidence linking training regimes and sport and exercise performance across a range of employers
• Professional sports clubs and organisations (nationally and globally)
• National sporting associations, governing bodies and other related sporting agencies
• Private health and fitness clubs and public sports and recreation facilities
• Entrepreneurial projects and product development (e.g. biofeedback technology)
• Local authorities (e.g. local sports partnerships)
• Schools, further education and higher education institutions
• The health sector (e.g. Healthy Ireland)
• Performance optimisation (preventative health and post-rehabilitative)
• Advisory positions in weight management, physical activity or similar
• Broader roles in health promotion and health improvement
• Project delivery or advisory work with government agencies, e.g. HSE, local authorities
• Research and data analysis at various higher education institutes
• National health assessment groups

The career opportunities available to strength and conditioning experts in Europe are expanding all the time, and this expansion appears likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

Most sports now recognise strength and conditioning as an integral part of their sport's development, and success and most athletes consider the application of strength and conditioning as an important part of everyday preparation for training and competition.

Examples of careers from similar programmes in the UK include:
• Elite Performance Coach
• Exercise Physiologist
• High-Performance Director
• Strength Specialist
• Rehabilitation Specialist
• Lecturer in Higher Education
• Athletic Performance Specialist
• Researcher
• Youth S&C Coach
• Movement Specialist
• Elite Player Development Officer
• Self-employment (as a consultant, contractor or entrepreneur)

In the UK, typical employers include:
• Sport England
• Professional football teams
• Professional rugby teams
• British Paralympics
• Sports Management
• Government agencies (e.g. NHS)
• Local authorities
• Academic appointments

Similar job opportunities are available throughout Europe and the US.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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