MSc Funded Studentship Opportunity in PESS – Rugby Research Project


Funded MSc by Research in Sport & Exercise Sciences
Connacht Rugby Player Retention & Volunteer
Recruitment Research Programme

Closing date: Thursday 17th October 2019.


Data on youth rugby players in the province of Connacht suggest that dropout is particularly severe between the ages of 16 and 20 years. The successful candidate will support a project examining ways in which Connacht Rugby could develop the underage player pathway to better facilitate the playing experience, reduce drop out and ultimately see more players continuing to adulthood as participants in rugby at all levels.

The successful candidate will work closely with the principal investigator Dr. Phil Kearney of the Physical Education and Sport Sciences department. The successful candidate will be based at the University of Limerick with time also spent in Connacht Rugby sites as required to support participant recruitment and other project related tasks.

The successful candidate will enrol upon the structured MSc by research programme run by the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences, and must complete research integrity training and GDPR training if not already completed. During this time, you will be given the opportunity to contribute to undergraduate modules; this will be agreed by your supervisor and managed to ensure that it provides necessary continuing prof

For detailed information on this funded MSc studentship project,  terms of the award, essential and desirable applicant criteria and application process: view this link

Potential candidates are encouraged to contact Dr Philip Kearney, Principal Investigator, for further information – via email or telephone 061 202844.

For any enquiries relating to the application process, please contact the PESS Senior Administrator Maeve Gleeson at

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