Sports Performance, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #501 (WUR) ,
The aims and objectives of this programme, which includes a professional strength & conditioning (accredited) 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


The aims and objectives of this programme, which includes a professional strength & conditioning (accredited) 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:

  • Display originality and insight in the field of strength and conditioning for team and individual sports.
  • Demonstrate the skills of utilising video notational analysis to provide feedback to individuals participating in strength sports and/or in a strength training environment.
  • Understand nutritional planning for elite sports performance.
  • Understand psychological principles underlying elite sports performance and demonstrate the application of psychological skills training to optimise sports performance
  • Construct a variety of integrated training practices combining sport-specific skills and related conditioning challenges to optimise player development and progression.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of current research within the area of speed sports.
  • Organise and perform lab and field-based skills related to research on selected human movement activity and defend the results.
  • Graduates will develop a sound understanding of the physiology, psychology and biomechanics background behind sports performance for speed, endurance, team and strength sports.


Officially accredited/recognized by the Department of Education and Skills, Ireland, University of Limerick (UL) is a large (enrollment range: 10,000-14,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Limerick (UL) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Speed Sports
  • Endurance Sports
  • Team Sports
  • Strength Sports
  • Professional Competencies (Problem-Based Learning)
  • Research Dissertation Development,
  • Strength & Conditioning (professional accreditation)
  • Placement
  • Research Dissertation.* (30 credits)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade A):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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 for those without a related degree.

Garda clearance will also be required for this programme.

What to include with your application

  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • English language qualification(s) if English is not your first language
  • Certified English translation of your transcripts/certificates where the original transcripts are in a language other than English
  • A CV (Curriculum Vitae)
  • Scanned copy of any laboratory, sports/coaching related certification or workshop attendance
  • A copy of your birth certificate (long document)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    11500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11500 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    5700 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5700 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Limerick

  • 850 - 1150 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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