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B.Sc. in Sport Science and Health (Bachelor Honours Degree)


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CAO Code: DC202
Points Last Year: 500
Duration: 4 yrs
Type of degree: Full-time
Contact: Dr Siobhan McArdle

Understanding the Course:

Putting science into physical activity.

Sport and exercise scientists study, research and advise on the scientific factors influencing sport and exercise. From this detailed knowledge they can give specialist advice (based on research) to improve individual or team performance.

They also design and administer appropriate methods of assessment, and create exercise or training programmes. These programmes could be to improve health or sporting performance and can be of a technical, physiological or psychological nature. Areas covered include exercise testing, psychological preparation for competition, movement analysis, dietary considerations and strength training.

About You:

If you have an aptitude for science and an enthusiasm for sport, exercise and physical activity, then this course will appeal to you. It is a stimulating and challenging course that requires hard work, dedication, commitment and enthusiasm.

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the University (see How to apply section), the following requirements apply: OC3 or HD3 Maths PLUS OC3 or HD3 in one of physics, chemistry, biology, physics with chemistry, agricultural science.

Course Structure:

You will develop a detailed understanding of the scientific aspects of sport and physical activity. You will also be shown how these are investigated and applied. The objective of the course is to produce well-informed science graduates who think critically and creatively, can apply their knowledge and who are prepared for employment in a variety of sectors.

In Year One you will be introduced to the key science subjects that form the backbone of this degree. These include: chemistry, physics, anatomy, physiology, psychology and sociology. In addition, there are a range of practical classes in sport and physical activity. There will also be practical sessions in sport and physical activity. In second year you will learn how the scientific subjects of Year One are applied to the study of sport, exercise and health. The topics included illustrate the wide range of material covered in this exciting course ranging from nutrition and genetics to psychology and sociology.

Vocational aspects like fitness assessment, coaching studies, and health promotion are covered in Years Two and Three. These will serve you well during your paid industrial training (INTRA) placement in third year.

In Year Four you have a choice between focusing on the sport or health aspects of the course. There is also a major research project and two significant group projects, which will help you to combine your knowledge of the theoretical and practical areas of sport and exercise.

View the subjects currently taught on this course (2016 - 2017)

Why DCU:

  • A unique course developed to meet the changing needs of students and of employers in sport, exercise and health environments.
  • The course is supported by state-of-the-art physiology, biomechanics and psychology laboratories.
  • Relatively small classes allow for individual attention from high-quality staff.
  • A mixture of sport and exercise practical classes, laboratory classes, lectures, tutorials and seminars.
  • A small number of places are reserved for elite athletes and/or top level coaches.

What Our Graduates Say
"I chose a degree in Sport Science and Health on the basis that I wanted to work in a practical area of professional sport that highly appealed to me. The course provided me with knowledge and skills that allowed me to pursue a career in sport science and fitness, working with elite performance athletes. It is without doubt that both the quality of my degree course and its lecturers hugely helped me on my career path to date and led me to my current position at Liverpool Football Club."
Remy Tang, Sport Science and Health, 2007

"My degree was fantastic and extremely rewarding. The practical experience I received is invaluable. Learning from top-class lecturers and getting the chance to work with the FAI has given me a great head-start in life."
Nicholas Telford, B.Sc. Sport Science and Health

"Small class sizes, good rapport with lecturers, interesting subjects and broad opportunities for the future are just a few of the many positive aspects of this course."
Aoileann Ni Chuinleain, B.Sc. Sport Science and Health

Career Prospects:

Our INTRA programme provides six months of paid, relevant work experience to students. This will give you a genuine competitive edge with employers when you graduate.

The course provides a broad foundation of knowledge, skills and experience for those wishing to pursue employment in:
• Sport (e.g. coaching, sport development, sport science support, sport industry)
• Health (e.g. health promotion, cardiac rehabilitation, corporate health advisors)

A number of graduates from the course are employed as sports development officers at local, regional and national levels. They are involved in a variety of roles, including the development and implementation of programmes and strategies linked to increasing participation, improving skills, coaching development and improving standards of coaching practice.

There are growing opportunities for graduates to gain employment as sport coaches. Coaches are required to have the capacity to improve and develop individual and team performances. Graduates who are employed in coaching have a broad understanding of all aspects of sports performance in a particular sport and in addition to their degree qualifications, will normally hold coaching qualifications in that sport.

Graduates of the course also work as exercise consultants on specialist programmes in gymnasium, sports or fitness clubs, in order to help their clients to meet their goals they design and administer appropriate methods of assessment. After compiling and interpreting results of this assessment, they design a suitable exercise or training programme. This could be of a technical, physiological or psychological nature.

The course will also provide you with opportunities for further study in a wide variety of related specialist areas including: physiotherapy, nutrition, clinical exercise, strength and conditioning, coaching and education.

There are also opportunities for postgraduate study.

Entry Requirements:

Leaving Certificate
In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply:

OC3 or HD3 in Mathematics PLUS Grade OC3 or HD3 in one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics with Chemistry, Agricultural Science

GCE A Level
In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply:

GCE A-Level D or GCE AS-Level C or GCSE C in Mathematics PLUS GCE A-Level D or GCE AS-Level C or GCSE C in one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Agricultural Science.

FETAC Level 5

For details of FETAC requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme your are interested in or if you are not sure of the code enter DC in the Select by Institution option, then click on Go.

Transfer Applications
Applications are welcomed from students who have studies at level 6 and level 7 in relevant areas. Such transfer students may be exempt from certain modules.

International Applications
International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations:

Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU:

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

Mature Applicants

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here

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