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Strength & Conditioning

There is a growing demand for strength and conditioning practitioners both within professional sport structures and working with physiotherapists, sports rehabilitators of injury and athletic therapists in the prevention of injury and rehabilitation of athletes.

This new two-year programme will provide an opportunity for students to study for an MSc in Strength and Conditioning, corresponding to a Level 9 Qualification (90 ECTS credits).

The programme is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and analytical techniques in areas such as: advanced resistance training; explosive conditioning; metabolic conditioning; sports nutrition and periodisation. Electives include: injury rehabilitation and reconditioning; high performance testing; strength and conditioning for pediatric and geriatric population groups.

Entry requirements

This programme is suited to graduates from a range of disciplines including sports science, physical education, physiotherapy, athletic therapy and sports rehabilitation and coaching [minimum requirement relevant Level 8 (Honours Degree) minimum 2nd class honours)].
• Candidates with significant experience in the Rehabilitation/Sport Science field (as determined by Recognition of Prior Learning), in addition to an Honours Primary Degree in another discipline area may also be considered for entry.
• Applicants applying for entry via routes other than those listed above will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Criteria to be considered will include academic qualifications and recognition of prior learning.
• Applicants may be called for interview as part of the application process


Full Time Day - one calendar year
Part Time Day - typically over two years

Careers or further progression

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Students who successfully complete 60 credits of the programme will be eligible for the Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Level 9) should they opt to leave the programme (Embedded Exit Award).

Further enquiries

Declan Browne
BSc, MSc, PgDip
Programme Leader

Paula Rankin
BA, MSc, PgDip
Head of Department
T: 059-9175500

Subjects taught

Advanced Resistance Training
• Explosive Conditioning
• Metabolic Conditioning
• Periodisation for Strength and Conditioning
• Sports Nutrition
• Paediatric Strength and Conditioning
• Strength and Conditioning for the Older
• Adult
• High Performance Sports Testing
• Injury Rehabilitation and Reconditioning
• Research Methods
• Strength and Conditioning Research Dissertation


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

Application date

Closing Date The closing date for receipt of Online Applications is 30th June 2017

How to Apply

• Applicants should complete the Application Form

• Supporting documentation such as Examination Transcripts, Employment Details, Personal Statements etc can be emailed to

• Applicants due to take examination in Summer 2017 must forward transcripts of results as soon as they become available

NOTE: Your application cannot be processed until all the relevant supporting documents have been received

How are the Masters/Postgraduate/Higher Diploma applications evaluated?

Where demand for programme places exceeds supply, all eligible applicants will be ranked in accordance with their academic and/or academic equivalent experience. Entry requirements are outlined in the course information details.

When will Place Offers be issued?

First Round Offers: Date to follow
Closing Date for Acceptance of Place Offer: Date to follow

• Applicants are advised to review the status of their Masters/Postgraduate/Higher Diploma application regularly.

• Applicants eligible for a place offer will receive an email advising them to check the status of their application on the IT Carlow website

• There will be a facility to Accept place offers online

• The Institute will issue a formal letter to all Applicants who have accepted a place offer at the beginning of August 2017.

• Some additional offers may be made mid-August 2017

Course fee

This programme is not eligible for Free Fees. Programme Fees 2016/17 €7,800. Fees under review for 2017/18.

Enrolment and start dates

Course will commence in September 2017. Courses are offered subject to viable numbers.

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