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Course Title
Faculty of Science and Health

Sport Science and Health

Bachelor of Science(Hons) in Sport Science and Health

  • CAO CodeDC202
  • Course Type Undergraduate
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Delivery Modes Full-time
  • Min Points 2019 467
  • Duration 4 Years

Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€3,043
  • EU Status Fee€6,679
  • Non EU Fees€15,000
About fees & requirements

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.

Why do this course?

  • Versatile course designed to meet changing needs of students and of employers in sport, exercise and health environments
  • Course is supported by state-of-the-art physiology, biomechanics and psychology laboratories
  • Relatively small classes allow for individual attention from attentive, accessible staff
  • Mixture of practical classes, laboratory work, lectures, tutorials and seminars
  • Six-month work placement that gives you a genuine competitive edge with employers
  • A small number of places are reserved for elite athletes and/or top level coaches

Student Voice

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

About the course

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 are 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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Course Life

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.


Exceptional Facilities
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.


A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.


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

The course also provides knowledge, skills and experience for those wishing to pursue employment in:

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

In these areas


Leaving Certificate

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 

FETAC Level 5

For details of FETAC 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. 

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.

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 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.

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

Fees & Payments

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Bachelor of Science(Hons) in Sport Science and Health Course Fees

Course Student Contribution EU Status Fee Non EU Fees
Full Time €3,043 €6,679 €15,000