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Applied Sports Coaching

This innovative part-time two-year postgraduate programme will give experienced coaches the opportunity to enhance their practice through engagement with practitioner leaders and pioneering researchers in the field of sport coaching. The programme is offered by the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences (PESS) in the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences, and is being considered for alignment with the higher levels of coaching qualifications, as part of the Coaching Development Programme for Ireland (a partnership between Sport Ireland Coaching and National Governing Bodies of sport). The programme also offers an entry route via recognition of prior learning for highly experienced coaches without an undergraduate degree in a relevant field, and an optional exit route at postgraduate diploma.

Entry requirements

Generic Entry Requirements: Applicants for a Master's programme must normally have a first or second class Level 8 honours degree (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent) in a relevant or appropriate subject (e.g. Sport Science, Sports Coaching, Physical Education), or equivalent prior learning that is recognised by the University as meeting this requirement. Applicants without a relevant degree may apply via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), if they can demonstrate significant coaching experience. Specifically, prospective candidates require a minimum of 5 years coaching experience along with appropriate sport-specific coaching awards (preferably minimum Level 2). An application via RPL requires a supporting statement uploaded with the application.

Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University. The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary.

Specific Programme Entry Requirements: Applicants must:

•Hold a sports National Governing Body Level 1 Coaching Award (minimum)

•Show evidence of previous experience in sports coaching and must be practicing coaches for the programme duration.

•Obtain Garda Vetting as a requirement of this Master's programme.

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved

•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above

•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)

•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6 in any one component.

•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1

•GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above

•Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B

•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Duration

2 years part-time

Further enquiries

Course Director
Dr Phil Kearney
Tel: +353 (0) 61 202844
Email: philip.kearney@ul.ie

Programme Administrator
Maeve Gleeson
Tel: +353 (0) 61 233632
Email: maeve.gleeson@ul.ie

Subjects taught

Year 1

Semester 1
• The Coaching Process & Practice

Semester 2
• Reflective Practice for Sports Coaches
• Performance Analysis in Coaching

Semester 3
• Athlete and Coach Development

Year 2

Semester 1
• Management & Leadership in Coaching
• Research Project Development

Semester 2
• Major Research Project

Semester 3
• Major Research Project

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