Leisure Managment / Bainistíocht Spórt ┐ Fóillíochta

Leaving Cert
Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish



Applications from QQI Level 5 are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature

Additional Requirements/ Information - Garda Vetting may be required for work placement.

The leisure industry is the broad and exciting sector which spans between leisure, recreation, sports and cultural organisations. The variety of recreational needs of the population makes this an exciting and flexible area of work. Students learn the academic and practical skills to become supervisory managers in their chosen sector of the leisure industry. Students especially acquire the necessary business skills to become industry professionals.

The BA in Leisure Management focuses on the broad leisure industry and includes a professional internship, practical modules and academic subjects, while preparing students for leadership in this field.

Students are taught how to become supervisory managers. Therefore there is a strong emphasis on academic subjects such as business, marketing, human resource management, leisure law, management and accounting.

Some practical modules include gym supervision and a safety programme for leisure management. Within some of the options, students are assessed for recognised qualifications in lifesaving and personal training.

European languages are becoming ever-increasingly important in the world of work and therefore students can choose to study a European language.

In the final year students choose from a range of options which allows them to tailor their studies to their particular interests. The range of options can vary from year to year but has included modules in coaching, community development, event management, sports and exercise nutrition and managing innovation.

You will graduate with the knowledge and confidence to work in the leisure industry. Successful graduates will be prepared for entry into the sector at supervisory management level in areas such as leisure centres, theme parks, activity centres, aquatic centres, golf and sports clubs, hotel leisure centres and other recreational spaces.

Many of our graduates have established their own leisure companies. Opportunities are also available in postgraduate education.

Graduates have developed careers as activity co-ordinators, consultants and project managers, event organisers, facility managers, personal trainers, sport and leisure development officers with local authorities, national governing bodies and educational institutions. Graduates have also developed roles in sales and marketing, membership management, information technology, and have progressed to general management and group management functions within leisure organisations.

Some of main occupations secured by Leisure Management graduates include:

  • Sports Coach
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Personal Trainer
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Performance Analyst
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Sports Administrator
  • Conference and Exhibition Manager
  • Customer Service Manager
  • Duty Manager
  • Sport Officer
  • Operations Manager
  • Sales Executive
  • Account Manager
  • Tourism Manager(Sports Tours)
  • Manager (Retail)
  • Tourist Information Officer
  • Event Manager
  • Marketing Officer
  • Tourist Information Officer
  • Event Manager
  • Marketing Officer
  • Journalist

Semester 1

  • Leisure Studies
  • Computer Applications
  • Applied Communications
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Management
  • Safety Programme for Leisure Management 

Semester 2

  • Applied Communications
  • Marketing
  • Intercultural Studies/Languages
  • Leadership in Health, Activity & Nutrition
  • Economics
  • Leisure & Sport Sectors OR Aquatic Studies

Semester 1

  • Human Resource Management,
  • Accounting for Tourism & Leisure
  • Management and Organisational Behaviour
  • Database & Industry Software
  • Leisure Management Behavioural Competencies
  • Leisure Operations 


  • Exercise Health Studies & Personal Training 

Semester 2

  • Professional Internship and Career Management

Semester 1

  • Facility Safety in Leisure
  • Management Accounting - Costing and Decision Making
  • Strategic Management – an Applied Approach
  • Leisure and Sport Policy and Planning
  • 2 Option Modules (may include Students Learning with Communities)

Semester 2

  • Sustainable Leisure Facilities Management
  • Leisure Law
  • Management Accounting– Planning & Controlling
  • Contemporary Leisure Issues
  • 2 Option Modules (may include Students Learning with Communities)
I had a keen interest in sport and fitness so I picked the BA in Sport & Leisure Management. It was a great course and now I’m working at the Rugby world cup in New Zealand, the Australian Open in Tennis and the Melbourne Grand Prix in the next year.
Sport & Leisure Management is a well-rounded course. From a manager in the leisure industry or a fitness instructor in a gym, it will provide you with the skills and theory to support you in your career. You can change your mind about what you want to be, and are able to use the knowledge you have gained in moving forward in whatever area you want.
I really enjoy the practical parts of the course. It covers a broad aspect of the leisure industry and opens a lot of doors for potential careers.
TU Code



Level 7


Bachelor of Science


3 years

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