Using ABC to design a new Clinical Exercise Science MSc at Dublin City University (DCU)



Dublin City University (DCU), Erasmus+ ABC to VLE project partner


Using ABC to design a new blended Clinical Exercise Science MSc


Academic team includes Professor Niall Moyna, Head of the School of Health and Human Performance at DCU; Dr Donal O’Gorman, Director (Interim), National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology and Associate Professor, School of Health and Human Performance at DCU; Dr Brendan Egan, Associate Professor of Sport and Exercise Physiology in the School of Health and Human Performance at DCU,  Dr Bróna Furlong and Dr Noel McCaffrey, formerly of the School of Health and Human Performance at DCU.

The Teaching Enhancement Unit team includes Dr Mark Glynn, Head of the TEU, Clare Gormley, Academic Developer, Suzanne Stone, Learning Technologist, and Dr Fiona O’Riordan, Academic Developer all of DCU Teaching Enhancement Unit.


30 September 2019

Course Details:

This is a proposed new Level 9 masters programme which would carry 90 ECTS credits. It will be taught in blended mode and would potentially be offered in both full-time (1 year) and part time (2 year) cycles.

Course goals/learning outcomes:

Draft programme learning outcomes discussed at the initial stages described how on successful completion of this programme, the graduate will have developed:


  • A systematic understanding of knowledge at the forefront of the field of clinical exercise science with a focus on exercise prescription.

  • A critical awareness of contemporary evidence-based knowledge and practice in clinical exercise science.

  • An ability to selectively apply the skills of exercise testing and prescription for a range of chronic diseases in hospital and community settings.

  • An ability to critically evaluate problems and alternative solutions in a variety of undefined and unfamiliar contexts related to exercise-based chronic illness rehabilitation.

  • An ability to communicate effectively in formal and informal scenarios to professional, research or lay audiences through a variety of means.

  • The competencies to lead a team to establish, design, deliver, manage and evaluate a clinical exercise service.

  • An ability to continually appraise research and reflect on and advance own knowledge, skill set and effectiveness as a clinical exercise specialist.

  • A commitment to continuously act with integrity and apply the highest ethical standards in the role of clinical exercise specialist.

  • Awareness of the importance of the clinical exercise specialist’s role in society and how this role may be used to effect change where appropriate.