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Bachelor of Science in Sports Studies

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  • Type of Qualification:

    Ordinary Bachelor Degree

  • Field of Study

    Business & Administration,Combined,Combined Life Science,Economics,Marketing and advertising

  • Type of Study:

    Full Time,Part Time,Distance Education

  • Application Closing Date:

    Not Specified

About the Course

The BSc in Sports Studies is a 3 year full time level 7 degree programme, designed to meet the needs of coaches and sports administrators. The programme aims to develop, from evidence-based theory and practice, the students’ ability to coach athletes (individually and in teams), manage sports teams and individual athletes, and manage programmes of work for sporting bodies. The programme integrates Sport Science, Coaching Science and Sports Administration and Governance. Sports Studies is a relatively new academic discipline in Ireland and brings together the key disciplines which can support employments within the sport and health sector.

If you’re thinking about a career in sport, a Sports Studies degree from the Technological University of Dublin will help you be the difference. We’ve integrated our academic courses with the University's world-class sports facilities to provide a unique and rewarding studying and sporting environment.

We enjoy strong partnerships with many national governing bodies of sport, so you’ll benefit from seminars with industry experts and numerous opportunities to gain valuable networking and practical experiences. You’ll graduate with a breadth of knowledge and practical experiences that can be applied to a wide range of sport related careers, from developing national sport to personal coaching.



On Completion of the Programme students may pursue an add on level 8 (BSc Hons) in Sports Science and Health XP (Exercise Professional) within TU Dublin.  Upon completion of the level 8 programme students may be eligible to pursue a M.Sc. degree or a Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.) by research. Students may also be eligible to apply for other research and taught Masters Programmes and Doctoral research projects at other third level institutions, subject to the admissions policy of the institution. 

Entry Requirements

Entry to the course is via direct entry. All current Leaving Cert students, Post Leaving Cert students and Mature students our eligible to apply.

If you are under 23 years in 1st Jan 2020 you must have achieved Grade D3 or higher in five Leaving Certificate subjects including Mathematics and English or Irish. That is 5 subjects: O6/H7, English or Irish: O6/H7: and Mathematics: O6/H7, or better may apply. Results from a number of leaving certificate sittings may be combined to meet these requirements. A pass in Foundation Level Mathematics at A2 or higher will be considered as meeting the minimum entry requirements for Mathematics.

Applications from Mature students and non-standard applicants are also welcome. Mature applicants need not meet the above requirements and acceptance will be based on experiential learning, commitment to the programme and interview.

Holders of relevant FETAC level 5 awards are also eligible to apply and may be eligible for exemptions in some modules. Where exemptions are sought, evidence based decisions will be made on an individual basis in line with Institute policies in this area.

Instruction will be through English and applicants who do not have Leaving Certificate English will have to provide evidence of equivalent competence (IELTS score of > 6.0).

Offers on this programme are conditional on applicants successfully completing Garda Vetting as this is a HEI requirement.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this BSc in Sports Studies will provide leadership and scientific expertise in exercise planning, guidance, and prescription, sports coaching, low and high performance training, health and nutrition for sporting success and related health areas, relevant sports administration and governance for NGB’s and not for profit organisations. The following are some of the areas where graduates may find employment.

Personal and Group Fitness Instructors - Personal and Group Fitness instructors exercise instructors can be employed in a variety of settings including commercial fitness centres, employee fitness programs, and hospitals.

Sports Development Officers - Promoting sports within the community, usually amongst particular target groups, or develops one sport on behalf of a local authority or sporting organisation

Administrator - Working within National Sports Agencies and National Governing Bodies of Sport in Ireland and abroad. Incorporating a significant emphasis on Sport Science Knowledge, Administrative and Financial aspects.

Fitness Centre / Leisure Centre Manager - Fitness Centre Managers are employed mainly in commercial public and private sector health clubs and gymnasia to manage the provision of physical fitness and lifestyle programmes.

Health promotion officers - Working with the Regional Health Boards to promote the role of Sport and Exercise in Health and Wellbeing.

Health and Fitness Advisors - Health and Fitness Advisors can find employment in either the public or private sectors. Opportunities include fitness testing, exercise prescription, fitness consulting, and exercise rehabilitation for specific populations providing broad-based health promotion and wellness education programs.

Teaching - College teaching opportunities in sport studies and health science and other related fields in third level colleges, FETAC Level Colleges and independent schools.

Lifestyle consultant - employed mainly in the private sector to provide physical fitness instruction and prescription of exercise/fitness programmes for individuals.

Sports coach/instructor - This work can also form part of the work of a sports development officer or a recreation assistant in a sports centre.

Research Scientist - conducts studies from either a basic or applied science perspective such as ways to increase athletic performance or how to improve health and reduce disease.

Scientific Support Functions - Scientists are also required for many support functions such as information science, patent work, product registrations and technical writing.

How To Apply

Applications can be made online through the TU Dublin Tallaght website.

Year 1 Apply Here

Year 2 (Advanced Entry Only)  Apply Here

Applicants should attach a copy of their CV and leaving cert/college exam results if applicable. All Applicants will be interviewed for a place on the programme.

Further Information

For further information – course specific

Please Contact: Paul.Hudson@tudublin.ie

For queries on the application process

Please contact Lifelonglearning.tallaght@tudublin.ie or

phone the Lifelong Learning Team at 01 404 2101


Programme Fee:  €3,000 per student per academic year. (This is subject to yearly review)

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