Health & Performance Science

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN425
CAO Points Range 2019: 488
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?

Health & Performance Science focuses on the scientific principles underlying the promotion and enhancement of sport, physical health and exercise. This BSc degree addresses the application of sport and exercise science to high performance sport and to improving physical health, well-being and fitness across our life span. If you have a particular interest in how sport and exercise science can be applied across numerous disciplines, ranging from adolescents and elite athletes to specific disease populations, then this degree is for you. The programme places a large emphasis on practical skill-based teaching, giving students the opportunity to engage in active learning. This develops critical competencies in analysis, evaluation and testing.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

When you graduate, you’ll be skilled in the prescription and management of therapeutic exercise interventions in healthcare and sporting settings. You’ll also be an expert in the analysis and evaluation of human sports and exercise performance. Graduates can find employment in:

  • Sport and exercise consultancy
  • Health promotion
  • Professional athlete or team support
  • Exercise physiology
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Education and research

They are also eligible to apply for MSc and PhD programmes in the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Sports Science.

What Will I Study

Modules studied on the Health & Performance Science degree include:

First Year

  • Anatomy
  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Physics
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Theory of Coaching
  • Strength & Conditioning

Second Year

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Sports Psychology
  • Biomechanics
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Research Methods
  • Exercise Prescription

Third Year

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Sports Injury Management
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Statistics
  • Case Study in Sports Science
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Minor Dissertation (Research Project)

Students attend lectures and small group practical classes. Practical classes take place in both the UCD High Performance Gym and an exercise physiology laboratory, which is British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences (BASES) accredited.

Assessment is through a combination of end-of-semester written examinations and continuous assessment. In your final year, you will also undertake a group based research thesis.

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International Study Opportunities

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


“I chose to go to UCD because of the opportunity to merge my sporting commitments (Airtricity League Soccer) with my interest in sport, physical health and exercise science. The BSc Health & Performance Science degree allows me to develop a critical awareness of the scientific principles underlying the optimisation of sporting performance. The emphasis on laboratory based work is refreshing and we’ve had access to the excellent facilities in the UCD Institute for Sport & Health, for modules in exercise physiology and strength and conditioning. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone with an interest in these areas.”

Thomas Boyle is a UCD Ad Astra Elite Sports Scholar.

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