Education & Health Sciences - Structured Research

Course Content:
The taught core modules are 'Introduction to Post Graduate Research', 'Research Integrity' and 'Entering the academic community'. Students will take 6-12 credits worth of Research Methods modules and 6-12 credits worth of Specialist modules from the suite of existing faculty modules. Students will also complete a research project. Exemptions for non-core taught modules may be awarded on review of application. Applicants who hold either a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma will be able to apply for exemptions for up to six ECT's of the specialist module credits. No Exemptions will be offered for the core credits or the research elective modules.

Entry requirements

Applicants will be expected to hold an honours primary bachelor's degree or equivalent (minimum 2.2). Candidates with an equivalent qualification and a period of appropriate professional experience may also be considered for this programme.

English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application): IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 for Business, Arts, Humanities or Education programmes with no less than 6 in any one component.

IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 for Business, Arts, Humanities or Education programmes with no less than 6 in any one component.


2 Years Full Time

Depending on the module, the academic work may include classes, seminars, summer schools, self-directed learning and/or E-learning, both on and off campus. This programme aims to offer flexibility to students with competing time demands.

Further enquiries

Subjects taught

Sample Route for SMres in Physical Education & Sport Sciences

Year Autumn

1 Core Module:

ECTs Spring

Core Module:
Introduction to Postgraduate Research (ES8021)* 6 ECTS
Research Integrity (ES8002)** 3 ECTS

Research Methods:
Health Research Methods & Methodology (NS6036) 12 ECTS

2 Core Module:

Entering the Academic Community (ES8003) 3 ECTS

1-4 Research Project 150

Perinatal Bereavement and Loss (NS6122) 9 ECTS

Research Integrity (ES8002)** 3

*Offered in both spring and autumn semesters depending on point of entry
**Offered in summer semester as flexible option particularly for part-time candidates

Application date

Application Procedure

Applicants in the first instance must discuss their application with their potential supervisor. Where a potential supervisor is not identified applicants will need to complete an Expression of Interest form and a Research Proposal.

Postgraduate application forms can be obtained from or contact:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick
Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287

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