Strength & Conditioning

What is this programme about?
The Master of Science in Strength and Conditioning has been designed to meet the growing demand for highly skilled, qualified strength and conditioning practitioners. The aim of the programme is to provide an intellectually challenging, applied postgraduate programme of study that will prepare graduates with advanced knowledge, understanding and practical coaching skills in Strength and Conditioning. This will enable them to work with elite athletes, recreational and specialist population groups.

Postgraduate Diploma
The Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Strength & Conditioning is an Embedded Exit Award.

Special features of this programme
Guest lectures
The programme will be delivered by staff who all have significant professional practice experience working with athletes and players at all levels, up to international standard.

Alongside the wealth of on-site knowledge, guest lectures will be delivered by international experts in the field.

On-site strength and conditioning resources include a dedicated stateof- the-art performance facility, comprising Eleiko equipment, a 3- metre indoor mondo track, sports halls, 4G pitches and athletics track. The Department of Science and Health is equipped with physiology and biomechanics laboratories, each with a comprehensive range of performance evaluation equipment.

Entry requirements

A Level 8 degree with a minimum Second Class Honours Grade 2, in a relevant field of study. Candidates who do not meet the requirements but have relevant professional experience are also invited to apply as each application is considered on a case-by-case basis.

For more information on this programme and on how to apply, go to the Study section of the IT Carlow website:


1 Year Full-time, 2 Years Part-time.

Course Delivery
The part-time offering is delivered one day per week over two academic years. Semester two of year two will comprise a supervised research dissertation. The research topic may be work-place based.

The full-time programme is delivered on the basis of two full contact days per week over a one year period.

Careers or further progression

What will I be able to do when I finish this programme? Graduates of the programme will be eligible to apply for membership to the Irish Institute of Sport (IIS), the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) based in the United States of America. It is anticipated that students will apply for these independent professional accreditations and will be suitably prepared to meet the stringent competencies of each. In addition, programme graduates will have developed and honed the advanced skills required of an applied strength and conditioning practitioner and they can implement these skills in their respective fields.

Further enquiries

Head Of Department – Science & Health
Dr Paula Rankin
BA, MSc, PgDip. PhD

Subjects taught

What subjects will I study?
Strength and Conditioning Research
Advanced Resistance Training
Explosive Conditioning
Metabolic Conditioning
Periodisation for Strength and
Sports Nutrition
Higher Performance Sports Testing
Research Methods

Elective Subjects
Strength and Conditioning for the
Older Adult
Injury Rehab and Reconditioning
Paediatric Strength and Conditioning

Course fee

CWS05 Master of Science in Strength and Conditioning CARLOW Full-time 9 90 €7,800

CWS30 Master of Science in Strength and Conditioning CARLOW Part-time day 9 90 €7,800

CWS06 Postgraduate Diploma in Strength and Conditioning CARLOW Full-time 9 60 €6,000

CWS31 Postgraduate Diploma in Strength and Conditioning CARLOW Part-time day 9 60 €6,000

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