Sport & Exercise Management

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN430
CAO Points Range 2021: 473
Length of Course: 3 Years
Average Intake: 40

Leaving Certificate:

O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject and two other recognised subjects

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Why is this course for me?

The multidisciplinary nature of the BSc in Sport & Exercise Management equips students with skills in areas such as management, marketing, event planning, human resources, economics and finance, sports development and coaching. These underpin the structure and governance of sport, health and exercise programmes today. If these opportunities interest you, the combination of UCD’s internationally recognised academic excellence and sporting reputation makes this degree ideal.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Our graduates have a track record of employment, both nationally and internationally, in:

  • Sports administration
  • Sports marketing
  • Event management
  • Exercise management
  • Private sports enterprises
  • Sports development
  • Coaching development

Further education opportunities are available on MSc and other graduate programmes.

What Will I Study

Modules studied on the Sport & Exercise Management degree include;

First Year:  Learn Basic Principles

  • Sports Development
  • Theory of Coaching
  • Sports Legislation
  • Sports Marketing
  • Financial Management
  • Sports Management
  • Introduction to Exercise Science

Second Year:  Apply Knowledge

  • Event Management
  • Economics of Sport
  • Sport/Health Psychology
  • Strategic Planning
  • Human Resource Management
  • Digital Sport Marketing
  • Sports Tourism

Work Placement

Students also undertake a 10-week structured work placement either in Ireland or abroad during the summer following second year. This provides invaluable practical and networking experience, which will improve employment prospectus upon graduation.

Third Year:  Develop Experience

  • Enterprise and Development
  • Research Methods for Sport
  • Professional Skills for Sport Managers
  • Communication and Media in Sport.

Students also undertake an individual research project, which imparts critical skills in project design and management, in response to current issues within the broader sports industry.

Students spend an average of 40 hours per week attending lectures, studying independently and preparing for assessment.

A combination of end-of-trimester exams, research papers, group projects, presentations, practical experiences and in-class tests are used throughout this course.

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International Study Opportunities

Sport & Exercise Management students can apply to study abroad for a trimester in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, through one of the Sport & Exercise exchange agreements.


“The programme is well-structured and organised. I developed my interpersonal skills through group projects, interactive classes, social events and much more! The course has equipped me to be an effective manager in the sports industry, while also preparing me for further studies. There are a wide range of opportunities for further studies from business-related disciplines like marketing to performance-related disciplines. I really enjoyed the course and highly recommend it. (Zoe was the student with highest GPA and recipient of the Professor Conal Hooper Medal in 2019.)”

– Zoe Connolly, Student

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