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MSc in Applied Sports Biomechanics and Movement Science


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Programme Overview

Program Background

In the growing field of athletic performance, the science of human movement within sport specific skills are continuing to become more significant. The MSc in Applied Sports Biomechanics and Movement Science will provide the student with the skills to critically evaluate the biomechanics of human movement as it pertains to the demands of different sports with the ultimate goal of enhancing human performance and reducing the risk of injuries. Understanding the pillars on which human movement and performance are built, including running, linear sprinting, multi-directional speed, jumping, landing and postural awareness will assist athletes, performance- and medical staff to screen, evaluate and coach proper movement skills and techniques to ultimately achieve these goals. The academic rigour of this course will furthermore allow students to progress academic studies and academic careers in sports and exercise science, such as Physiotherapy/Physical Therapy, etc.

Courses covered:

  1. Biomechanics of Human Movement
  2. Coaching & Monitoring Technology
  3. Data Management and Research Methods
  4. Movement Analysis and Biomedical Aspects
  5. Reflective Practice & Professional Skills
  6. Applied Biomechanics and Sports Performance
  7. Applied Project

Program Duration

The program duration is 18-21 months. This includes:

  • 6 Online Courses (each module is 12 weeks in duration)
  • 2 separate on-site residential weeks, practical application, and lectures.
  • Final Project (additional 3 months to complete)


Much of the learning on the program will occur through a mix of online courses and experiential learning, however, a key part of the program will be the residentials. Whilst the content of each residential will be dependent upon the modules undertaken, the overarching objectives will be similar.

Our residentials are offered in the following locations:

Ireland: GAA National Games Development Centre, Dublin.

The objectives:

  • To provide hands-on instruction and experience in the practical elements of the course content. Even though the course is focused mainly on an evidence-based practice approach, practical competency in the application of theory to practice and in the ‘art’ and ‘craft’ of coaching will be emphasised. Further, the competence in the use of and interpretation of data using a wide range of coaching technologies and the coaching process will be central to the face to face environment and thus the residential will ensure that practitioners receive high-class instruction in the key practical elements required for effective industry practice.
  • To allow for practical assessments and presentation-based assessments to be carried out.
  • To provide contextualisation and critical discussion of the topics covered in the online material. This will essentially be a flipped classroom approach to teaching. This medium will allow practitioners to share experiences and provide a highly interactive learning environment.

A joint program by:

Setanta College and the Irish American University

The Master of Science in Applied Sports Biomechanics and Movement Science is co-delivered by Setanta College and Irish American University. The program has been developed by the globally renowned industry experts at Setanta College and takes its internationally recognized accreditation from Irish American University’s approval by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Upon successful completion of this master’s program, students earn degrees conferred by Irish American University.

Course Details & Enrolment

Each module will be assessed using an applied project. Details and guidance on this are provided at the start of each module.

On-site Attendance

During the second and fourth modules, students are required to attend residentials where hands-on training will be provided by our team of international lecturers, world-renowned coaches, and industry experts. Residentials will take place in Ireland.

In Ireland residentials are held at the GAA National Games Development Centre, Dublin.

Final Project and Assessment

You will submit a final project following the completion of the six online modules. During the online element, you will receive guidance and mentoring from a tutor who will assist you in the selection of a final project.

The MSc program in Applied Sports Biomechanics and Movement Science aims to combine an evidence-based mindset with specialist technical knowledge and understanding, enabling graduates to analyse, describe and coach movement efficiency in athletes through the application of biomechanics principles. Graduates of the Master’s program are trained to take an ethical and socially responsible approach to conducting and contributing to performance enhancement and also research in their area of professional or vocational involvement.

Upon successful completion of the program of study, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate knowledge from a range of fields into the generation of performance solutions.
  • Provide an evidence-based and creative contribution to the development and/or application of biomechanics within their field of study.
  • Analyse complex problems and issues relevant to the field of study and obtain a practical and valid response to these issues.
  • Critically evaluate, design and implement solutions/systems in their operational context.
  • Identify and apply relevant advanced knowledge, methods and techniques from their field of study.
  • Assess solutions/systems and their applications according to their properties and potential to solve problems even if they are new to or unfamiliar with the context or lack information and/or reliable information; they can use their assessment as a basis for substantiation of decisions.
  • Understand the ethical, social and cultural aspects of problems and solutions in their field of study and apply this insight within an inter-disciplinary role.
  • Work as part of and play a leading role in a team; manage and plan a development process; document development and research processes.
The minimum entry requirements for all post-graduate programs are:

  • An undergraduate degree in a cognate area.
    • And currently (at the time of application and for the duration of the program) being involved in some aspect of sport, exercise or physical activity coaching.
    • Or an undergraduate degree in a non-cognate area and demonstrated relevant professional experience in a related area or field of practice to the main area of study.
  • Relevant professional experience includes recognition of prior learning for applicants without an undergraduate degree. See Relevant Professional Experience below.
    • And a personal statement outlining the relevant professional experience and their motivation for pursuing the course of study and how this aligns with their future career goals.
  • In certain instances, at the discretion of the course director, an additional written submission may be required of a maximum of up to 500 words. This may take the format of a written submission demonstrating the applicant’s ability to cope with the academic demands of the course. Options include: an assignment set by the course director, or a composition from the applicant’s undergraduate degree. Other options to assess an applicant’s suitability where the applicant possesses a non-cognate degree or no undergraduate degree include an oral interview. It is the College’s intention to ensure that where such additional submissions or an interview is required, that such requirements are arranged within two working days of the applicant’s completed application being submitted.
  • Applicants are expected to be active coaches or have an extensive coaching background. Whilst this can be a on a full time, paid basis, part time and voluntary coaching is equally applicable.
  • International students will be required to converse confidently in English. The College recognises the qualifications and levels below:
  • GCSE pass in English at Grade C or above
  • IELTS with an average overall score of 6.5 for postgraduate study with at least a 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum score of 88 IBT for Postgraduate **
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): exams taken from January 2015 – overall score of 176 for postgraduate study with at least 162 in each component; exams taken before January 2015 – Grade C and no less than borderline in each skill for undergraduate and postgraduate.
  • Trinity College English Language qualifications:  ISE III Pass for postgraduate taught courses and research applications
  • City and Guild’s IESOL/ISESOL tests at expert and mastery levels (C2 and C1) for the majority of postgraduate programs.
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with a minimum of 67 points in each element for the majority of postgraduate programs
  • Regardless of background or level of qualifications, access to this course is via application and interview if required.
  • For postgraduate courses the entry requirements can be found via a search on the College website. 
  • For international students information can be found on the College website.
  • All students will be required to attend a remotely conducted course induction. The initial induction is designed to provide explanatory and instructional procedures for using blended and online learning resources and to prepare students such that they have the necessary competencies to be able to manage their study and coaching work.
  • It will be the students’ responsibility to ensure that they have the necessary VISA in place to attend the residential weeks. It will be the students’ responsibility to arrange travel, accommodation and subsistence for the residential periods and all costs must be met by the student.
The Master of Science in Applied Sports Biomechanics and Movement Science is run in unison with Irish American University who awards the program under its accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is one of the world’s leading accrediting bodies. Students enrolled on this Masters program will be conferred by Irish American University.

Furthermore, Setanta College Professional Advisory Board, other subject matter experts, and international sporting organisations have informed, reviewed, and approved the program content. This includes World Rugby, the Titleist Performance Institute, and the NSCA who recognise our programmes and qualifications.

Fees & How To Apply

Tuition for Complete Programme

  • Annual Intakes: March & September
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