The MSc in Sports Performance, offered by the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the University of Limerick, is a full-time one-year or part-time two-year postgraduate programme.
Our aim is to produce graduates with increased understanding of the processes of advanced practice in sport performance analysis, by appreciating and challenging the current practice and designing innovative alternatives.
The MSc in Sports Performance was awarded the Grad Ireland Higher Education Award for best postgraduate programme in the Health Sciences category in 2019. The reviewers commented that “this course bridges the gap between researchers and practitioners…”
Since 2012, the MSc Sports Performance programme has attracted students from all over the world including the US, UK, France, India, Australia, Malaysia, Poland, Canada, Germany and China to name some. The course has worldwide appeal therefore, as the skills, knowledge and competencies developed on the programme have global relevance and transferability.
The MSc in Sports Performance enables the development of both broad and specific knowledge bases in sport performance. The interdisciplinarity which constitutes best practice in sport performance domains is demonstrable in the programme’s content and delivery. The theoretical, laboratory and applied aspects of the programme are delivered in an outstanding teaching and learning environment whilst also utilising the most-up-to-date technologies available in the field. The programme comprise taught modules that deepen students’ understanding of theories and practice of sport performance and develop an advanced understanding of research methodologies and reflective practice, along with critical analysis skills.
As part of the programme, students are provided with an experience of working in a high performance environment before they graduate. The placement programme offers students the opportunity to develop contacts within business, industry, public and professional sectors whilst also helping students to develop the skills they will need to achieve their long-term career goals. Local, national and international placements are available for students with our strategic partners and organisations including Statsports, Redback Biotek, GAA, Coaching Ireland, Oxford United FC, Rugby Canada, Western Province Rugby / Stellenbosch Academy of Sport, Oriam Scotland, Triathlon Ireland and Munster & Connaught Rugby to name just some.
The MSc Sports Performance programme was established in 2012 and has graduated over 200 students (average of 24 per year). The programme has an outstanding record in that on average 83% of graduating students have found relevant work and/or career development opportunities either in Ireland or Abroad. Graduates from the programme are working in a number of other strength and conditioning, coaching as well as video / performance analysis roles. A number of students have become owners/managers of businesses related to Sport Science / Performance Analysis whilst others have progressed to further scholarship and PhD study.
Online applications for the programme commencing January 2023 open on June 1st and will remain open until the end of September 2022. Entry to the programme is based on the online written application with no interview. If there is any other information that you need about the course or any other aspect of applying for/studying on the programme please do not hesitate to contact me.
Enquiries to Dr. Catherine Norton, Course Director of the MSc Sports Performance, UL.