Performance analysis is the newest of the sports science disciplines and investigates actual sports performance or performance in training. Analysis can include technical, tactical, KPIs, coaching behaviour and movement analysis within a game. It can also cover pre-match, live, post-match analysis, scouting, talent identification and trend analysis.
What is the MSc in Sports Performance Analysis about?
This programme has been developed in response to the marked growth in demand for people with performance analysis knowledge, competencies and skills across a range of sporting clubs and organisations and it will be an area of expansion in the future.
This innovative MSc (NFQ Level 9, 90 Credit) programme will prepare graduates for future opportunities in performance analysis by offering a blend of theory and practice, ensuring practical knowledge underpinned with a theoretical foundation. The programme is aligned with a number of national governing bodies of sport to facilitate experiential learning. Graduates will be well equipped to serve sports organisations and teams (national and international), and feed into and drive the sports performance analysis research agenda, in Ireland and internationally.
Special Features of the programme
Learners undertake an 8-month experiential learning module.They also work with a sports team or teams during the year/ season. This module provides the student with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained in their programme of study, in live sports performance analysis contexts and to facilitate the student in developing the practical competencies, soft skills and communications skills necessary to function as an effective sports performance analyst. This module runs parallel with the learner’s studies. Students have worked with a range of sports teams at differing levels including underage provincial rugby, senior and underage international basketball teams, senior club teams in Gaelic football, county senior hurling teams, club hockey teams and First Division soccer teams.
Study & Career Opportunities
The Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Sports Performance Analysis is an Embedded Exit Award at Level 9 which requires completion of 60 credits.
Successful graduates of this programme may pursue Level 10 (PhD) study opportunities upon successful completion of this programme.
This programme is highly vocational and practical in nature and is carefully aligned to industry needs, yet underpinned by solid theoretical foundations. The programme will be beneficial to those wishing to seek future opportunities in performance analysis, those currently within a club or organisation with a performance analysis role, and/or those wishing to move into such a role.