Sport Science and Health

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 14.9 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jul 1, 2024
501–600 place StudyQA ranking:5007 Duration:4 years

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Sport and exercise scientists use research and analysis to give specialist advice to improve individual or team athletic performance. They also design and administer appropriate methods of assessment, and create exercise or training programmes aimed at improving either health or sporting performance.


As a sport scientist, you must be well versed in technical, physiological and psychological aspects of your field in order to cover territory as diverse as exercise testing, psychological preparation for competition, movement analysis, dietary considerations and strength training.

Early on in DCU’s Sport Science and Health course, you’ll examine the key science subjects that form the backbone of this degree: chemistry, physics, anatomy, physiology, psychology and sociology. As you progress, you’ll learn how these subjects are applied to the study of sport, exercise and health, and what role factors like nutrition and genetics play, as well.

The Sport Science and Health degree will help you develop a detailed understanding of the scientific aspects of sport and physical activity. You’ll also be shown how these are investigated and applied. The objective of the course is to produce well-informed science graduates who think critically and creatively, can apply knowledge and are prepared for employment in a variety of sectors.


In Year One, you’ll study the degree’s key science subjects, including chemistry, physics, physiology, psychology and sociology. In addition, there are a range of practical classes and sessions in sport and physical activity.


In second year, you’ll learn how the scientific subjects of Year One are applied to the study of sport, exercise and health. The topics included illustrate the wide range of material covered in this exciting course, ranging from nutrition and genetics to psychology, anatomy and sociology. Vocational aspects like fitness assessment, coaching studies and health promotion are covered in Years Two and Three. These will serve you well during your paid industrial training placement (INTRA) in third year.

In Year Four, you have a choice between focusing on the sport or health aspects of the course. There is also a major research project and two significant group projects, which will help you to combine your knowledge of the theoretical and practical areas of sport and exercise.

General Entry Requirements

A minimum of six Leaving Certificate subjects at Grade 06/H7, to include the subjects English OR Irish AND the subject Mathematics. In addition, applicants must present at least two subjects at grade H5.

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

Minimum of O4 or H6 in Mathematics and minimum of O4 or H6 in one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics with Chemistry or Agricultural Science

GCE A Level

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

GCE A Level D or GCE AS Level C or GCSE C Mathematics and GCE A Level D or GCE AS Level C or GCSE C in one of Physics, Chemistry , Biology or Agricultural Science .

Applicants presenting Non-EU School Leaving Qualification

All qualifications will be taken into consideration in assessing these applications. Candidates are expected to:

  • have taken school leaving examinations of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate or GCE A Level; and
  • satisfy the general entry requirements and programme entry requirements outlined within the programme contents
  • satisfy the English language requirements

Dublin City University is proud to award merit-based scholarships to high achieving students who enter the Faculty of Engineering and Computing and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences for the 2016/17 academic year. These scholarships are available to Indian applicants only and are based on academic merit to those who have a Full Offer. 

The Faculties also award scholarships of €1,000 to high achievers entering Masters and Bachelor programmes who are ranked by academic achievement. 

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