MSc Applied Sports Coaching – Online Application Open for September 2019 Intake

The Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences is excited to announce that online application for the new MSc Applied Sports Coaching is now open. This innovative part-time two-year postgraduate programme will give 20 experienced coaches the opportunity to enhance their practice through engagement with practitioner leaders and pioneering researchers in the field of sport coaching.

Programme Aims

The underlying aim of this MSc programme is to develop coaching expertise which can be employed by the graduates in their own context. We aim to develop graduates who:

  • Possess extensive knowledge of the coaching process and innovative applied practice in sport coaching.
  • Display originality and insight in the design, delivery and evaluation of coaching practice.
  • Possess enhanced practical skills in applied coaching practice, management, leadership, video analysis, planning, and the capacity to work, develop skills, and promote professional practice.
  • Possess the skills for conducting bespoke applied research on sports coaching to evidence and enhance their own practice and that of other coaches.
  • Are proactive in identifying and critically evaluating current research in domains such as sport and business, and drawing implications for their own context.

The coaches on the programme will form a community of practice, interacting with both practitioner leaders in the field of sports coaching and recognised experts within the UL community. If you attend this programme, your coaching will form the basis for the curriculum: why you coach the way you do, your plans, your behaviours during training and competition, your reflections, will all be examined in light of case studies from our external speakers, and the latest research in coaching science and sport science.

Programme Outline:

Fees: EU Part-time fees = €4,000 per annum

Coaching Development Programme for Ireland Higher Level Coaching Qualifications

The University of Limerick is currently in discussion with Sport Ireland Coaching and representatives from National Governing Bodies of Sport to explore how successful graduates of the programme may be eligible, subject to appropriate coaching experience and Sport Ireland Coaching-National Governing Body certification at all prerequisite levels, for additional higher level coaching qualifications in the Coaching Development Programme for Ireland.

Application & Programme Requirements

The programme invites applications from experienced coaches. We provide two entry routes. The first route is for applicants with a first or second class Level 8 honours degree (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent) in a relevant or appropriate subject (e.g. Sports Coaching, Sport Science, Physical Education).

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.

Entry to the programme is based on the online written application with no interview: APPLY HERE 

For both routes, supplementary evidence (e.g., qualification transcripts, certificates, workshop attendance, details of coaching experience, & birth certificate) needs to be provided with the application. Due to the nature of the programme, all applicants must be actively coaching.

For both routes, supplementary evidence (e.g., qualification transcripts, certificates, workshop attendance, details of coaching experience, & birth certificate) needs to be provided with the application. Due to the nature of the programme, all applicants must be actively coaching.

There are three decision points where applications will be reviewed and places allocated. Applications received before March 15th will be considered at the end of March decision point. If places remain on the programme, subsequent applications received before May 17th will be considered at the end of May decision point. If places remain on the programme, a final decision point will consider applications received before July 31st.

If you are interested in the programme or require further information please contact:

Dr Philip Kearney PhD
Course Director – MSc Applied Sports Coaching
Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences
University of Limerick
Limerick.
Ireland

Tel: 00-353-61202844
Email: philip.kearney@ul.ie

Dr Phil Kearney is the Course Director of the MSc Applied Sports Coaching within the PESS Department here at the University of Limerick. View Phil’s profile 

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