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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

• The minimum entry requirement is a Second Class Honours Grade 2 Degree in Strength and Conditioning or Sports Science related area or approved equivalent qualification.

• Non-standard entry will be considered for applicants who hold a Pass Level 8 Degree with considerable relevant experience (minimum 3 years). Consideration may also be given to ability and experience evidenced by an RPL portfolio of prior experience and learning. An interview may form part of the selection process.


Duration: 12 Months, from September to August. 2 days on campus Sept - May (normally Monday & Tuesday).

Dissertation write-up from May to August.

Careers or further progression

Jobs Include
This is a practical based MSc programme that will produce graduates capable of coaching, planning, managing and implementing an S&C programme. As such, it is expected that graduates will be well prepared to accept high levels of responsibility within a variety of sport and fitness industry sectors as well as education and business fields.

They include but are not limited to:
• Elite and Amateur Level Strength and Conditioning in Sport
• National Governing Body of Sports (NGB) in Strength and Conditioning
• Research and Academia
• Education, Health and Public Sector
• Health and Fitness Industry
• Freelance and Consultancy
• Sports Equipment and Exercise Technology
• Community Activity

Further enquiries

For further information: Dept of Flexible Learning
Tel: 0504 28112 Email:

Course Contact: Dr. Philip Hennessy & Craig Walters

Further information is also available from Setanta
College at

Subjects taught


Stage 1
• Advanced Strength Training and Conditioning (10 credits)
• Sports Management and Entrepreneurship (10 credits)
• Performance Testing and Technology (10 credits)

Stage 2
• Biomedical Aspects and Sport Nutrition (10 credits)
• Human Motion and Movement Analysis (10 credits)
• Research Methods and Special Topic (10 credits)

Stage 3
• Dissertation (30 credits)


Location: LIT Thurles

Students who complete Stage 1 and 2 successfully will be awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Strength and Conditioning.

Those who proceed to complete Stage 3 Dissertation will be awarded a Masters of Science in Strength and Conditioning.

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

€7,000 for Irish / EU resident citizen; €18,500 for Non-Irish / EU resident citizen (International). 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

For further queries contact LIT’s Flexible Learning Office by emailing

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