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Bachelor of Science in Sport and Exercise Sciences University of Limerick




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Course info


Why Study Sport and Exercise Sciences at UL?

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 connected to 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 benefits of exercise and with how to motivate people to become frequent and regular exercisers.

Course Structure

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.

Career Prospects

Careers open to you with a degree in SES include;

  • Sports Scientist
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Sports Coach / Instructor
  • Sport Psychologist
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Nutrition Consultant
  • Performance Consultant
  • Performance Analyst
  • Health Care Assistant
  • Coach
  • Athlete
  • Rehabilitation Assistant
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Performance Bio mechanist
  • Applied Sports Scientist
  • Personal Trainer

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Bachelor of Science in Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees

€16,465.00 (14,67,058) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution


28 Sep


University of Limerick



Republic of Ireland

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants must hold an equivalent qualification to the Irish Leaving Certificate or A level qualification (UK system).

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

A-Level (+GCSE O Level)

English Language Requirements

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5 with no lower than 6.0 in any one component.

TOEFL: Minimum score of 90 or above in TOEFL IBT examination.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 (with no section score below 59)

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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