This is a full-time one-year or part-time two-year postgraduate programme. The programme will prepare successful graduates for a career in sports performance analysis, specialising in strength & conditioning, video analysis and nutrition. The programme is offered by the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences in the Faculty on Education and Health Sciences. The course will increase understanding of the processes of advanced practice in sport performance analysis, by appreciating and challenging the current practice and designing innovative alternatives.
The aims and objectives of this programme, which includes a professional strength & conditioning (NSCA) qualification, reflect our commitment to the development of insightful, competent, critical and reflective sports performance practitioners who have the following dispositions, skills, and content knowledge:
Semester 1 30 credits (Spring)
Qualitative Research Methods, Speed Sports, Endurance Sports, Team Sports, Strength Sports.
Semester 2 30 credits (Summer)
Professional Competencies (Problem-Based Learning), Research Methods, Strength & Conditioning (NSCA CSCS Accreditation), Placement.
Semester 3 30 credits (Autumn)
MSc Research Dissertation.*
Semester 1 18 credits (Spring)
Qualitative Research Methods, Speed Sports, Strength Sports.
Semester 2 9 credits (Summer)
Research Methods, Strength & Conditioning (NSCA CSCS Accreditation).
Semester 3 (Autumn)
Semester 4 12 credits (Spring)
Endurance Sports, Team Sports.
Semester 5 21 credits (Summer)
Professional Competencies (Problem-Based Learning), Placement.
Semester 6 15 credits (Autumn)
MSc Research Dissertation*
Semester 7 15 credits (Spring)
MSc Research Dissertation*
*a graduate diploma exit point is available for those students who do not wish to undertake the MSc Research Dissertation, and students who may wish to progress to a structured PhD within UL.
An undergraduate degree, 2.2 honours (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) or higher, with preference given to applicants with related subjects such as health, sports science, physical education, nutrition, physiotherapy, anatomy or human biology. Relevant work experience in sport will also be advantageous.
Entry to the programme will be based on the result of a written application and appropriate academic references. There will be no interview.
RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) entry will be available.
Garda clearance will also be required for this programme.
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