Bachelor of Science in Sport and Exercise Sciences From University of Limerick

Program Overview

This programme will give you an in- depth knowledge and understanding of the key elements of sport, exercise, health and physical activity from the perspective of the sciences. Throughout the programme, you will study the science behind safe participation and effective performance in physical activity and sport.

The application of science plays a major role in the preparation of the modern sports performer. The effects of training methods on the physiological systems of the body for improving strength, speed, endurance, skill and how to perform under stress are constantly being investigated and improved upon by sport scientists.

The application of science however is not reserved for elite performers. It is well recognised that lack of exercise or physical activity plays a major role in many diseases that affect us e.g. cardiovascular disease, obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and certain cancers. In addition to improving performers, sport and exercise scientists are also engaged in examining the effects of various types of exercise programmes and activities on health and also on the treatment and prevention of disease by means of physical activity. They are also concerned with the psychological bene ts of exercise and with how to motivate people to exercise frequently and regularly.



  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee



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The Bachelor of Science in Sport and Exercise Sciences is a four-year programme which includes an eight- month period of work experience (Cooperative Education) in relevant work placements during the third year.

The first year of the course provides a transition and immersion into the Sport and Exercise Sciences. You will undertake broad modules under the themes of “What makes an Olympic Champion?”, “Why is exercise good for health?” and “What are the determinants of human performance?”. These themes are explored under each of the core disciplines within Sport and Exercise Science including physiology, anatomy, psychology, biomechanics and coaching science and provide a foundation for these and other disciplines such as mathematics and physics which enable deeper understanding in years 2, 3 and 4.

Laboratory experience is an integral part of each of these core areas of study where you will test concepts and theories and acquire laboratory and research skills. In the first two years, you will study and experience selected sports and modes of exercise and training.

Here, you will have an opportunity to improve personal performance and prepare for coaching awards and certification. In second year an elective subject is selected and you will take two modules in either Law or Computer Science. You will undertake a project in your final year on a topic related to an aspect of sport and exercise science.

Year ​1

Semester 1    


  • Coaching Science & Performance 1    
  • Functional Anatomy    
  • Human Physiological Systems for Sport & Exercise Science    
  • Sport & Exercise Sciences: Transition    
  • Science Maths 1    
  • Physics for General Science 1    

Semester 2

  • Exercise & Fitness
  • Introduction to Biomechanics for Sport & Exercise
  • Scientific Perspectives of Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Sport & Exercise Sciences: Immersion
  • Introduction to Information Technology
  • Introductory Biochemistry

Year 2

Semester 3    

  • Coaching Science & Performance 2    
  • Quantitative Biomechanical Analysis    
  • Physiology Muscle in Movement    
  • Science Maths 3    

Choose 1:

  • Principles of Law    
  • Business Information Systems    
  • Broadening Modules    

Semester 4

  • Coaching Science & Performance 3
  • Sports Injuries
  • Support Systems to Muscle Contraction
  • Psychology of Movement: Development from Infancy to Adolescence

Choose 1:

  • Sport and Law
  • Business Information Technology 1
  • Broadening Modules

Year 3

Semester 5


  • Quantitative Biomechanical Analysis    
  • Perception & Cognition in Action    
  • Nutrition, Exercise Metabolism & Sports Performace    
  • Fundamental Concepts of Human Research & their Application    

Semester 6

  • Cooperative Education 1
  • Cooperative Education 2

Year 4

Semester 7    

  • SES Project A    

Choose 3:    

  • Applied Sports Biomechanics    
  • Sport and Health Performance Evaluation    
  • Exercise is Medicine - Disease Prevention    
  • Applied Sport Psychology    

Semester 8

  • SES Project B

Choose 2:

  • Sports Biomechanics Innovation
  • Exercise is Medicine - Exercise Psychology
  • Exercise is Medicine - Clinical Applications
  • Advanced Practices in Strength and Conditioning

Minimum grades    

  • Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.
  • Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation Maths is not reckonable for scoring purposes.

Subject requirements    

  • In addition, applicants must hold an O3/ H7 grade in any one of the following:  Applied Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry, Physical Education, Agricultural Science, Biology and Physical Education.

Tuition Fees

These are based on ResidencyCitizenshipCourse requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Job titles for graduates with this degree

Graduates progressing directly into employment take up a wide variety of roles. The following provides a sample of initial roles listed on the Graduate Outcomes Survey by graduates approximately one year after graduation:

  • Applied Sports Scientist
  • Athlete
  • Coach
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Fitness Coach
  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Nutrition Consultant
  • Performance Analyst
  • Performance Biomechanist
  • Performance Consultant
  • Personal Trainer
  • Rehabilitation Assistant
  • Sport Trainer
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach


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