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BSc (Hons) in Sport & Exercise Science

South East Technological University

What is the BSc (Hons) in Sport & Exercise Science?

The BSc (Hons) in Sport & Exercise Science is a full-time, four year, honours degree course of study that can be chosen within the Exercise Sciences Common Entry Route. The Sport and Exercise Science programme will give graduates the knowledge and skills to evaluate sport and athletic performance from a biomechanical, physiological and psychological perspective.  They will then be capable of working with athletes and coaches on an ongoing basis to improve performance, health and well-being. The programme will emphasise the traditional sports science disciplines of biomechanics, physiology and psychology but also newer applied sports science disciplines including strength and conditioning, sports nutrition and team performance analysis.

At the end of the programme, graduates will be able to:

  • Measure, analyse and evaluate athletic performance using sports science laboratory apparatus and analysis software

  • Evaluate psychological profiles and mood states using sports psychology assessment tools

  • Assist athletes and coaches in improving performance during the training year and in preparation for major competitions in challenging environments

  • Plan sports-specific strength and conditioning programmes for athletes and teams

  • Assist athletes and coaches in distinguishing fact from fiction with reference to the sports science research literature

Programme features


Department staff have extensive experience providing sports science support to elite athletes and teams. Staff currently or recently

  • Assist elite teams and athletes of the region in monitoring body composition changes during the training year

  • Work with intercounty GAA teams and various athletes in strength and conditioning, psychology and nutritional support roles

  • Provide ongoing performance testing for elite cyclists and triathletes as well as teams

  • Work with the Sport Ireland Institute to assist elite student athlete development

  • Are accredited sports psychology service providers with the Institute of Sport, working with Olympic athletes and teams

  • Provided sports science support to the Irish Paralympic team over 2 Olympic cycles

  • Provided sports psychology and backup team support at the Olympic Games in London and Rio


Laboratories and apparatus available for practical classes and research projects include 3 human performance laboratories, a high-performance gym, DEXA body composition analyser, Dartfish performance analysis software.  Certain classes are delivered in the teaching and laboratory facilities of the WIT ARENA.


A 12-week work placement offers supervised experience in a sport and exercise science environment. The Department has an extensive network of placement opportunities or students may be able to organise their own. Examples include:

  • Undertaking performance analysis with Premiership football clubs

  • Assisting with strength and conditioning programmes with professional rugby clubs

  • Personal trainer in community and private enterprises

  • Providing sports science support to athletes or teams

  • Working in sports science centres and laboratories

Research and Project Work

Students in the programme have an opportunity to experience the full research process culminating in the completion of a dissertation in the final year of the programme.  Students will benefit from exposure to the sport and exercise science PhD research ongoing in the Department including:

  • evaluation of functional movement screening for injury prevention

  • relative age effect in soccer talent development

  • psychological distress and mental health in jockeys

  • sprint performance and resistance-based training interventions

  • physiological demands of horse racing

  • career transitions in student athletes


REPS Ireland recognised fitness instructor awards are built into the programme, including Fitness Instruction, Group Fitness Instruction and Personal Training that can be obtained by the end of year 2.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The programme combines classroom teaching, tutorials with practical experience through exercise science laboratories and work experience. Assessment approaches utilise continuous assessment, practical examinations, group work and written examinations.

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Listed below are the documents required to apply for this course.
4 years


Sep 2024

Start Month

Aug 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • September 2024

Mode of Study

  • Full Time