School of Health & Human Performance

Degree Programmes | Health and Human Performance

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Test subject running on a treadmill

Sport Science and Health provides an academic foundation for individuals wishing to develop a career in a range of both sport and health-related environments. 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 for the improvement of individual or team performance.

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Testing upper limb reflexes

Athletic Therapy and Training deals with the prevention, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries affecting people involved in physical activity, exercise, and sport at all standards. The course also examines how to train physical fitness for reconditioning in sport and for a physically active lifestyle.

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Physical education has is an integral part of the education process, one that promotes the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of the child. Biology is a subject that is fundamental to the knowledge and understanding of the body and how it works, this makes it an excellent subject to combine with physical education.

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Physical education has is an integral part of the education process, one that promotes the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of the child. Mathematics is a key subject in the understanding of the modern world, arising in areas as diverse as international financial systems and the use of statistics in sport. This makes the job of teaching mathematics hugely important.

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Irish Women's 4x200m World Relays 2021

The MSc in Elite Sport Performance (Level 9 NFQ, 90 ECTS) is a two-year, part-time, distance-learning programme that provides students with an opportunity to complete a programme of study focused on theories and practice of sport performance and develop an advanced understanding of research methodologies and reflective and critical skills.

This programme is aimed at early-career professionals working in the sport domain, and those with aspirations to work in this environment, who are motivated to extend their knowledge and understanding of elite sport performance and deepen discipline-specific expertise through postgraduate study.

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DCU Elite Performance

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Sprinter and coach

The Professional Doctorate in Elite Performance (Sport) (Level 10 NFQ, 240 ECTS) is a four year part-time, blended learning programme, comprising both research and taught elements. The programme will exploit the working context of students by supporting them to develop evidence-based solutions to their ‘real world’ workplace problems from across the sporting landscape. 

Aimed at the next generation of practice leaders in sport, the qualification is designed to enhance and acknowledge the quality of innovation, critical review and systematic application of appropriate theories and research to sport performance. The part-time nature of the course enables students to embed their learning and research within their own professional practice and ensure that the acquired knowledge and understanding gained through the research journey then be integrated directly into the organisations and systems in which they work.

The best Professional Doctorate in the world

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DCU Elite Performance