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Strength & Conditioning (Level 9, Master of Science)


This MSc in Strength and Conditioning (S&C) is intended to provide students with an excellent opportunity to acquire a deeper understanding and knowledge in the fields of strength and conditioning and human performance.

The programme has been designed with a range of specialist modules to develop the knowledge and skills associated in the area of Strength and Conditioning. The balance of theoretical and practical content will examine advanced strength and conditioning methods, fitness testing and sport coaching technology, fundamental movement, entrepreneurship and management.

A unique feature of the programme is the inclusion of a Management and Entrepreneurship module. This is a core module for S&C coaches to embrace relevant skills of enterprise and marketing necessary to build an S&C profile, reputation, and if desired, business.

The programme has been designed and developed in conjunction with Setanta College and utilises our state of the art Sportslab facility at our LIT Thurles campus.

Mode of Delivery

This programme is completed over a 12 month period. From September to May students will attend classes at our LIT Thurles campus two days per week (normally Monday and Tuesday). From May to August students complete their dissertation.

Entry Requirements

Master’s Degree Admission Criteria

(a) A minimum 2.2 honours bachelor degree (Level 8) in a Strength and Conditioning or Sports Science cognate discipline


(b) A minimum 2.2 honours bachelor degree (Level 8) in a Sports non-cognate discipline with considerable (3 years or more) experience and/or ability evidenced by an RPL portfolio of prior experience and learning


(c) Equivalent Qualifications. Applicants with equivalent qualifications on the European and International frameworks will also be considered. International students must evidence a proficiency in English language for example IELTS 6.0

For those who do not meet the above criteria may consider applying for the Postgraduate Diploma. Further details are available from the Department of Flexible Learning.

Note: An interview may form part of the selection process for all application routes.


Assessment is through a range of continuous assessments for each of the 6 modules. Assignments will involve completion of assignments, research and specific tasks and concepts demonstrated at our state of the art SportsLab in Thurles.


Students who complete Stage 1 and 2 successfully will be awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Strength and Conditioning. Those who proceed to complete Stage 3 Dissertation will be awarded a Masters of Science in Strength and Conditioning.

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