School of Health and Human Performance

Sport Science and Health

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CAO Code:
DC202
Course Type:
Undergraduate
NFQ Level:
8
Delivery Modes
Full-Time
Minimum Points
522
Duration:
4 yr
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Sport and exercise scientists use research and analysis to give specialist advice to improve individual or team athletic performance. They also design and administer appropriate methods of assessment, and create exercise or training programmes aimed at improving either health or sporting performance.

As a sport scientist, you must be well versed in technical, physiological and psychological aspects of your field in order to cover territory as diverse as exercise testing, psychological preparation for competition, movement analysis, dietary considerations and strength training.

Early on in DCU’s Sport Science and Health course, you’ll examine the key science subjects that form the backbone of this degree: chemistry, physics, anatomy, physiology, psychology and sociology. As you progress, you’ll learn how these subjects are applied to the study of sport, exercise and health, and what role factors like nutrition and genetics play, as well.

 

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, B.Sc. Sport Science and Health

The Sport Science and Health degree will help you develop a detailed understanding of the scientific aspects of sport and physical activity. You’ll 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 knowledge and are prepared for employment in a variety of sectors.

In Year One, you’ll study the degree’s key science subjects, including chemistry, physics, physiology, psychology and sociology. In addition, there is a range of practical classes and sessions in sport and physical activity.

In second year, you’ll 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, anatomy 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 placement (INTRA) 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.

 

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We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.

We have three academic campuses close to Dublin City centre - they are located in Glasnevin and Drumcondra, and can be reached by public transport (Dublin Bus).

Each campus has libraries, study spaces, restaurants, and on-campus residencies. Sports facilities are located on two of the academic campuses. We also have a dedicated sports campus in the form of St Claire’s. 

 

Exceptional facilities

DCU students have access to exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our three academic campuses. 

These include modern learning theatres, research centres, new media and TV studio, radio/podcast studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced labs in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and training hospital ward. In 2021, we opened our first virtual reality ‘Leadership Lab’, which is located in our Business School.

Construction on our FutureTech building on the Glasnevin campus will get underway in 2022. Once completed, this facility will advance DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science and health, computing and engineering disciplines. It will have the capacity to accommodate an additional 3,000 STEM students on the university’s Glasnevin campus.

 

Campus life

DCU student facilities boast a fully equipped sports complex with a 25-metre pool, three libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre.

Our purpose built, state-of-the-art new student centre known as 'The U' serves the needs of a rapidly growing student body of 18,500. It is home to the Student Leadership and Lifeskills Centre, performing arts and cultural spaces for students and the wider community, and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub.

DCU Students' Union and the Office of Student Life are also based in the U. The centre is a space for students where they can meet, with lots of charging points and isolation booths. Clubs and socs avail of meeting rooms here and it's also home to DCUFM. NuBar, Londis and the Venue are also located here.

There are more than 140 clubs and societies for students in DCU, with ‘Clubs & Socs’ days taking place on both the Glasnevin and Drumcondra campuses at the start of the academic year.

 

Student Supports

We have a number of academic, professional and social supports for students.

Student Advice Centre: Offers a wide range of supports and services to students and advice 

The Writing Centre - drop-in writing workshops for students through the academic year 

Maths Learning Centre - provides maths support for students of all ability levels with maths modules 

Student Learning: facilitate the transition from passive to active learning for students at DCU, by teaching study skills, nurturing critical thinking and building student confidence. 

Careers work with students to help them on their professional journey into graduate employment.

Our student support team offers a comprehensive support programme, helping students make that all important transition into university life and focusing on building confidence and skills which are key to success at third level.

Remy Tang, B.Sc. Sport Science and Health

 

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, B.Sc. Sport Science and Health

Career Areas
Commercial Fitness
Corporate Fitness Development
Professional Sport

You may opt for further study in related areas, including physiotherapy, nutrition, clinical exercise, strength and conditioning, coaching and education.

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, sports industry)
  • Health (e.g. health promotion, cardiac rehabilitation, corporate health advisor)

Several 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 the 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 the gymnasium, sports or fitness clubs to help their clients to meet their goals and administer appropriate methods of assessment. After compiling and interpreting the 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, and coaching and education. 

There are also opportunities for postgraduate study.

Career Tags
Coaching
Education
Exercise Rehabilitation
Health Promotion
Sport and Leisure Administration
Sports Development

Requirements

Leaving Cert

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

Minimum of O4 or H6 in Mathematics and minimum of O4 or H6 in one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics with Chemistry or 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 Mathematics and GCE A Level D or GCE AS Level C or GCSE C in one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics with Chemistry or Agricultural Science 

FET Level 5

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

EU Transfer Applications

Applications are welcomed from students who have studied at Level 6 and Level 7 in relevant areas. Such transfer students may be exempt from certain modules. Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st Feb to the 1st May 2022.

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.

Fees

Full time

Student Contribution
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€6,679 per annum
Non EU Fee
€15,000 per annum

Next Steps

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

Applicants presenting EU school Leaving Examinations

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.

EU Transfer Applicants

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st Feb to the 1st May 2022.

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at www.cao.ie