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Sports Studies / Staidéar Spóirt

Course Title: Bachelor of Science in Sports Studies 

2022 CAO Points: 300

Leaving Certificate Requirements:

Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish



QQI/FET Requirements:

QQI/FET Award Required Additional Requirements

Any full Level 5 or level 6 award

Essential Components Award:

Further details at

Mature Applicants:

Applications from mature students (23+) are welcome. Further details at

BTEC Level 3 Qualifications - Eligible to apply.

Applicants and elite athletes who do not have a formal Leaving Certificate or QQI qualification can still apply. See link for alternative entry pathway

Additional Requirements/Information

Garda Vetting: Garda Vetting required through TU Dublin see

If you’re thinking about a career in sport, a Sports Studies degree from the Technological University of Dublin will help you be the difference. We’ve integrated our academic courses with the University's world-class sports facilities to provide a unique and rewarding studying and sporting environment.

The BSc in Sports Studies is a 3 year full time level 7 degree course, designed to meet the needs of coaches and sports administrators. The course aims to develop, from evidence-based theory and practice, the students’ ability to coach athletes (individually and in teams), manage sports teams and individual athletes, and manage courses of work for sporting bodies. The course integrates Sport Science, Coaching Science and Sports Administration and Governance. Sports Studies is a relatively new academic discipline in Ireland and brings together the key disciplines which can support employments within the sport and health sector.

We enjoy strong partnerships with many national governing bodies of sport, so you’ll benefit from seminars with industry experts and numerous opportunities to gain valuable networking and practical experiences. You’ll graduate with a breadth of knowledge and practical experiences that can be applied to a wide range of sport related careers, from developing national sport to personal coaching.

Graduates from this BSc in Sports Studies will provide leadership and scientific expertise in exercise planning, guidance, and prescription, sports coaching, low and high performance training, health and nutrition for sporting success and related health areas, relevant sports administration and governance for NGB’s and not for profit organisations. The following are some of the areas where graduates may find employment.

  • Personal and Group Fitness Instructors - Personal and Group Fitness instructors exercise instructors can be employed in a variety of settings including commercial fitness centres, employee fitness programs, and hospitals.
  • Sports Development Officers - Promoting sports within the community, usually amongst particular target groups, or develops one sport on behalf of a local authority or sporting organisation
  • Administrator - Working within National Sports Agencies and National Governing Bodies of Sport in Ireland and abroad. Incorporating a significant emphasis on Sport Science Knowledge, Administrative and Financial aspects.
  • Fitness Centre / Leisure Centre Manager - Fitness Centre Managers are employed mainly in commercial public and private sector health clubs and gymnasia to manage the provision of physical fitness and lifestyle courses.
  • Health promotion officers - Working with the Regional Health Boards to promote the role of Sport and Exercise in Health and Wellbeing.
  • Health and Fitness Advisors - Health and Fitness Advisors can find employment in either the public or private sectors. Opportunities include fitness testing, exercise prescription, fitness consulting, and exercise rehabilitation for specific populations providing broad-based health promotion and wellness education programs.
  • Teaching - College teaching opportunities in sport studies and health science and other related fields in third level colleges, FETAC Level Colleges and independent schools.
  • Lifestyle consultant - employed mainly in the private sector to provide physical fitness instruction and prescription of exercise/fitness courses for individuals.
  • Sports coach/instructor - This work can also form part of the work of a sports development officer or a recreation assistant in a sports centre.
  • Research Scientist - conducts studies from either a basic or applied science perspective such as ways to increase athletic performance or how to improve health and reduce disease.
  • Scientific Support Functions - Scientists are also required for many support functions such as information science, patent work, product registrations and technical writing.

Semester 1

  • Critical Skills Development
  • Principles of Business 1
  • Physical Activity and Health
  • Science of Sport
  • Introduction to Sports Studies
  • Sports Ecosystems

Semester 2

  • Principles of Human Anatomy
  • Principles of Business 2
  • Fundamentals of Mathematical Science
  • Introduction to Sports Law
  • Communication Skills for Sports Studies
  • Human Movement Science

Semester 3

  • Principles of Behavioural Science
  • Coaching Pedagogy
  • Economics for Business
  • Introduction to Marketing Theory
  • Principles of Exercise Physiology
  • Research Methods and Statistics 1

Semester 4

  • Fundamentals of Financial and Management Accounting
  • Motor Learning and Performance
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Sports Leadership and Management
  • Research Methods and Statistics 2
  • Sports Governance

Semester 5

  • Coach Development
  • Exercise for Special Populations
  • Introduction to Sports Nutrition
  • Research Methods and Statistics 3
  • International Sports Law
  • Strategic Management in Sport

Semester 6

  • Business Development for Sport and Health
  • Research Methods and Statistics 4
  • Sport and Technology
  • Student Work Placement

Advanced entry into year 2 is available for the B.Sc. in Sport Studies, please apply via the CAO for advanced entry following the guidelines and application process.

Based on performance - students may pursue an add on level 8 (B.Sc. Hons) in Sports, Science and Health XP (Exercise Professional) within TU Dublin.

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Level 7


Bachelor of Science in Sports Studies


3 years

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Progression Options

Year 4
Students can progress, based upon performance to - TU936 Bachelor of Science in Sports Science & Health XP (Exercise Professional) Level 8.