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Coaching Science in Sport

In this MSc programme you will learn about the cutting-edge science that underpins diverse aspects of coaching, e.g. tapering and peaking to optimise performance, the coach-athlete relationship, performance and notational analysis in sport. You will also undertake original research of your own on a topic that is relevant to you. Critical evaluation of academic knowledge and its practical application is a distinctive feature of this advanced programme.

Good practice in sports coaching is fundamental at all levels and ages for athlete development and success. This programme is intended for sports coaches, coach developers/educators and those working in closely related fields, to extend their scientific knowledge and understanding of the coaching process.

We value and encourage our students to be autonomous learners. We expect them to share their own experience with faculty and peers, as well as critically reflect on their own practice in order to enhance their existing knowledge and skills.

We aim to provide a learning environment that facilitates the comparison and contrast of theories and ideas from a range of relevant disciplines in order to integrate them into personal coaching practice.

In this programme we use a blend of the most innovative teaching and learning approaches and assessment strategies, such as seminars, laboratory-based experiential learning, web-based interactive learning, case-studies, group work, etc. These are informed by the world-class research carried out by our faculty in addition to the prestigious guest speakers.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Course Description

Programme modules will be delivered on Thursday evenings (18:00-21:00) and Fridays (10:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00) across both academic semesters (September-December and February-May). The 'Research Methods and Applied Statistics' module in the second semester and the 'Dissertation' module in the third semester will enable students to choose a relevant research topic, which will be carried out over the summer months. The submission date for dissertation is generally set for the end of July.

Part-time students are required to take three modules in year 1, and three in year 2. In each year, students may choose whether to take two modules in semester 1 and one module in semester 2 or vice versa. Students are required to take modules in the opposite pattern in year 2 (modules will run at the same times irrespective of year) in order to complete all six of the required modules.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree is required in Sport and Exercise Science, Sport and Exercise Physiology, Sports Coaching, Sports Development, Physical Education, Recreation and Leisure Studies or another relevant degree discipline from a recognised University.

In exceptional circumstances an alternative entry route will be considered for candidates without a degree, but with significant experience and involvement in sports coaching and with a coaching qualification recognised by their national governing body.

All applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element) or equivalent.


Duration: 1 Years / 2 Years
Attendance: Full Time / Part Time

MSc Coaching Science in Sport (X772) Full Time
MSc Coaching Science in Sport (X773) Part Time

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Graduates may gain employment as sports coaches, coaching officers, game development officers, coach developers/educators, in the following agencies and sectors:

Professional and national sports teams
National governing bodies
Sports and fitness clubs
Physical and sport education
Sports training camps
Performance analysis in sport

Further enquiries

Contact Name:
Linda Stone
Contact Number:01 716 3271

Subjects taught

What modules can I Take?

Semester 1:
The Science of Coaching: Theory and Practice (10 credits). Thursday, 18-21. Module leader: Dr. Seamus Kelly

Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition (10 credits). Friday, 10-13. Module leader: Prof. Giuseppe De Vito

Applied Sports Psychology and Skill Acquisition (10 credits). Friday, 14-17. Module leader: Dr. James Matthews

Semester 2:
Sports and Performance Analysis for Coaches (10 credits). Thursday, 18-21. Module leader: Dr. Denise McGrath

Planning in Strength and Conditioning (10 credits). Friday, 10-13. Module leader: Dr. Massimiliano Ditroilo

Research Methods and Applied Statistics (10 credits). Friday, 14-17. Module leader: Dr. Massimiliano Ditroilo

Semester 3:
Dissertation (30 credits). Module leader: Dr Massimiliano Ditroilo

Application date

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Coaching Science in Sport FT (X772)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

MSc Coaching Science in Sport PT (X773)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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