Sports Performance Analysis

What is Performance Analysis?
Performance Analysis provides the coach and athlete with objective information that helps them understand performance, and improve the coaching process by providing statistical and video information on athlete performance. This process is underpinned by a systematic observation process resulting in valid, reliable and detailed information.

What is the MSc in Sports Performance Analysis about?
This innovative MSc (NFQ Level 9, 90 Credit) programme will prepare graduates for future opportunities in performance analysis by offering a blend of theory and practice, ensuring practical knowledge underpinned by a theoretical foundation. The programme aims to provides graduates with the necessary academic, practical and research-based skills to become an effective performance analysis practitioner and feed into and drive the sports performance analysis demand in Ireland and internationally.

Postgraduate Diploma
The Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Sports Performance Analysis is an Embedded Exit Award.

Special Features of the programme
Learners undertake an 8-month experiential learning module. They also work with a sports team or teams during the year/season. This module provides the student with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained in their programme of study, in live sports performance analysis contexts and to facilitate the student in developing the practical competencies, soft skills and communications skills necessary to function as an effective sports performance analyst. This module runs parallel with the learner's studies. Students have worked with a range of sports teams at differing levels including: underage provincial rugby, senior and underage international basketball teams, senior club teams in Gaelic football, county senior hurling teams, club hockey teams and First Division soccer teams.

Entry requirements

Level 8 Degree (minimum 2nd class Honours) in:

• BA Sports Management & Coaching
• BSc in Sport Science
• cognate qualifications.

Applicants applying for entry via routes other than those listed above will be considered on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with IT Carlow's Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) policy.


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

Careers or further progression

Potential employment opportunities
This programme is highly vocational and practical and is carefully aligned to industry demands, yet underpinned by solid theoretical foundations. The programme will be beneficial to those wishing to seek future opportunities in performance analysis, those currently employed within a club or organisation with a performance analysis role, and coaches who want to enhance their knowledge and skill set.

Students also have access to our innovative Sports Performance Analysis Lab at IT Carlow. They will have the opportunity to learn how to use and apply the latest performance analysis software to their practice (Sportscode Elite, NacSport, Dartfish and Quintic).

Further enquiries

Head Of Department – Sport, Media And Marketing
Myles Kelly
BComm, DipCompSc, FCA, MA

Subjects taught

What subjects will I study?
Sports Analytics and Insights
Experiential Learning
SPA Theory to Practice
Technology in Sports Performance Analysis
Performance Analysis and the Coaching Environment
Biomechanics and Movement Analysis of Sport
Research Methods

Course fee

CWB05 Master of Science in Sports Performance Analysis CARLOW Full-time 9 90 €7,000*

CWB30 Master of Science in Sports Performance Analysis CARLOW Part-time day 9 90 €7,000*

CWB06 Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Performance Analysis CARLOW Full-time 9 60 €6,000

CWB31 Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Performance Analysis CARLOW Part-time day 9 60 €6,000

*Fees for ITC Major Award graduates only – €5,500.

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