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Strength & Conditioning


This MSc in Strength and Conditioning (S&C) is intended to provide students with an excellent opportunity to acquire a deeper understanding and knowledge in the fields of strength and conditioning and human performance.

The programme has been designed with a range of specialist modules to develop the knowledge and skills associated in the area of Strength and Conditioning. The balance of theoretical and practical content will examine advanced strength and conditioning methods, fitness testing and sport coaching technology, fundamental movement, entrepreneurship and management.

A unique feature of the programme is the inclusion of a Management and Entrepreneurship module. This is a core module for S&C coaches to embrace relevant skills of enterprise and marketing necessary to build an S&C profile, reputation, and if desired, business.

The programme has been designed and developed in conjunction with Setanta College and utilises our state of the art Sportslab facility at our LIT Thurles campus.

Entry requirements

(a) A minimum 2.2 honours bachelor degree (Level 8) in a Strength and Conditioning or Sports Science cognate discipline or

(b) A minimum 2.2 honours bachelor degree (Level 8) in a Sports non-cognate discipline with considerable (3 years or more) experience and/or ability evidenced by an RPL portfolio of prior experience and learning or

(c) Equivalent Qualifications. Applicants with equivalent qualifications on the European and International frameworks will also be considered. International students must evidence a proficiency in English language for example IELTS 6.0.

For those who do not meet the above criteria may consider applying for the Postgraduate Diploma. Further details are available from the Department of Flexible Learning.

Note: An interview may form part of the selection process for all application routes.


12 Months, September - August.

2 days on campus, September - May (normally Monday & Tuesday) Dissertation write-up, May - August.

Further enquiries

For further information:

Dept of Flexible Learning

Tel: 0504 28112


Course contact:

Ciaran Keogh & Craig Walters


Further information is also available from Setanta College at

Subjects taught

Semester 1

• Advanced Strength Training and Conditioning (10 credits)

• Sports Management and Entrepreneurship (10 credits)

• Performance Testing and Technology (10 credits)

Semester 2

• Biomedical Aspects and Sport Nutrition (10 credits)

• Human Motion and Movement Analysis (10 credits)

• Research Methods and Special Topic (10 credits)

Semester 3

• Dissertation (30 credits)



Students who complete Semester 1 and 2 successfully will be awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Strength and Conditioning. Those who proceed to complete Semester 3 Dissertation will be awarded a Masters of Science in Strength and Conditioning.

Location: Thurles

Assessment method

Assessment is through a range of continuous assessments for each of the 6 modules.

Assignments will involve completion of assignments, research and specific tasks and concepts demonstrated at our state of the art SportsLab in Thurles.

Course fee

Irish / EU resident citizen: €7,000

Non-Irish / EU resident citizen (international): €18,500

Please note that bursaries are available to Non-Irish/EU residents (international) students. Those interested in applying for such bursaries should email

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September

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