Sports Performance Analysis

Performance analysis is the newest of the sports science disciplines and investigates actual sports performance or performance in training. Analysis can include technical, tactical, KPIs, coaching behaviour and movement analysis within a game. It can also cover pre-match, live, post-match analysis, scouting, talent identification and trend analysis.

This course has been developed in response to the marked growth in demand for people with performance analysis knowledge, competencies and skills across a range of sporting clubs and organisations and it will be an area of expansion in the future.

The course is aligned with a number of national governing bodies of sport to facilitate experiential learning. Graduates will be well equipped to work with sport organisations and teams (national and international), and feed into and drive the sports performance analysis research agenda in Ireland and internationally.

Exit Award - Yes.

Entry requirements

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

• BA Sports Management & Coaching
• BSc in Sport Science or
• 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.

All Non-EU applicants should refer to the International section of the website.


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

Careers or further progression

Study & Career Opportunities
The Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Sports Performance Analysis is an Embedded Exit Award at Level 9 which requires completion of 60 credits.

Successful graduates of this programme may pursue Level 10 (PhD) study opportunities upon successful completion of this programme.

This programme is highly vocational and practical in nature and is carefully aligned to industry needs, 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/or those wishing to move into such a role.

Further enquiries

Myles Kelly BComm, DipCompSc, FCA, MA
Head of Department - Sport, Media & Marketing
P: 059 917 5304

International (Non-EU) applicants may contact:
P: 00353-59-9175205

Subjects taught

What subjects will I study?
Sports Analytics and Insights
Experiential Learning
Performance Analysis 1
Performance Analysis 2
Performance Analysis and the Coaching Environment
Biomechanics and Movement Analysis of Sport
Research Methods


Postgraduate Opportunities - Institute of Technology Carlow. Institute of Technology Carlow has a range of high-quality courses that offer suitably qualified primary degree holders (NFQ Level 8) exciting opportunities to progress to higher awards (Masters and Doctoral degrees). These opportunities are by research and thesis or taught courses, with many available on a full-time or part-time basis across our three campuses in Carlow, Wicklow and Wexford.

Higher Degrees by research are normally obtained by undertaking a research project, guided by an experienced supervisor. The average duration of a research Masters degree (NFQ Level 9) is 2 years full-time study. A PhD (NFQ Level 10) should take from 3 to 4 years (full-time) to complete.

Taught courses are available at three levels: Higher Diploma (NFQ Level 8); Postgraduate Diploma - NFQ Level 9 (60 credits); and Masters - NFQ Level 9 (90 credits). Individual full-time postgraduate courses are described in the forthcoming sections. Details of part-time taught courses are available in the Lifelong Learning prospectus.

Research Masters and Doctoral Degrees
Institute of Technology Carlow offers postgraduate research supervision for both Research Masters and Doctoral Degree candidates (NFQ Levels 9 and 10). Research supervision is closely tied to the priorities and expertise of staff attached to specialist research centres at Institute of Technology Carlow. Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) is an integral part of Institute of Technology Carlow's activities and a vital aspect of its interaction with industry and other research centres, both nationally and internationally.

Application date

How to apply
1. Research & choose your course from our wide range of postgraduate offerings on our website or in our prospectus.

2. Check out all of the relevant entry requirements, course code and closing dates, taking time to read IT Carlows FAQs and application instructions on the Admissions section of the website.

3. Get started on your postgraduate journey at IT Carlow!

For admissions queries from Irish or European applicants, please email:

All Non-EU international applicants may refer to the International section of the website for further details or email:

Course fee

This course is not eligible for Free Fees. Programme Fees 2017/18 €7,000. Fees under review for 2018/19.

Enrolment and start dates

Postgraduate application procedure
Postgraduate applicants should refer to the Study/Postgraduate section of the website for more information:

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