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Department of Health and Leisure

Master of Science (Taught Mode) in Applied Exercise for Health

NFQ Level:  9
Credits: 90
Award Type: Major Award
Application: Apply Now
Closing Date: 14th January 2022
Modules: View Modules

Course Description

The MSc in Applied Exercise for Health provides learners with the theory and evidence-based practice of applied exercise leadership and lifestyle/behaviour intervention skills, in particular, for people with chronic illnesses or disability, in group or individual client contexts.

This programme aims to develop the learners' knowledge, skills and competence in:

  • The theoretical basis of pathologies, treatments, effects of exercise and exercise programming for relevant medical conditions;
  • The theoretical and practical underpinning of the link to overall health and the lifestyle connection outside of the medical exercise domain;
  • The theoretical basis of human behaviours and strategies for effective change;
  • Exercise leadership, client screening and management, exercise adaptation;
  • Interdisciplinary engagement (referral, strategy & policy planning);
  • Exercise programmes development, implementation and evaluation;
  • Strategies for lifestyle/behaviour change (in context);
  • Capacity to gather research evidence in support of impact/efficacy, etc.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet the following minimum entry requirements:

  • Hold an NFQ level 8 (honours degree) 2.2 or higher in physical education, health and leisure, sports science, physiotherapy or related fields;
  • Be eligible for registration on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) in Ireland for the following awards *:
    • Fitness Instructor;
    • Group Fitness;
    • Personal Trainer.
  • Applicants must complete a Garda vetting process through IT Tralee;
  • Sufficient conversational and written English language skills - an IELTS requirement of 6.5.

* Contact Eimear Foley ( for further information regarding fitness qualifications


It is intended to deliver this Master of Science (taught mode) programme as a full-time programme over two days per week for two semesters and with occasional group seminars/workshops. The third semester is entirely taken up with a major research project. Where sufficient applicants wish to pursue the programme in part-time mode, then learners may take half of the modules each semester (equating  to approximately one day per week for four semesters) and then undertake the research project after all taught modules have been completed.

Mode of Delivery

This programme will be delivered using a blended method, which is a combination of self-instructional learning materials, online lectures, traditional face-to-face lectures and workshops, online discussions and assignments. The first semester (January-May) is predominately delivered online with 2-3 intensive onsite blocks.  The second semester (September – December) will include more regular onsite days to facilitate client work (Mondays) in addition to online classes (Tuesdays).


This is a 90-credit programme which runs over one and a half academic years (or 3 semesters). The total fees due are €8,735 with the  breakdown of the costs as follows:

Semester 1 January 2022 to Sept 2022 = €2,000 payable by the 4th of February 2022

Semester 2 and 3 to September 2023 - €6,735 and this made be paid in 4 instalments if you so choose, with the first payment in September, the second in November, the 3rd in January and the final payment in March. Applications for staged payment of fees are at this link which will be changed to reflect the new year in August 2022.

Online Stage Payment Form

Progression Opportunities

Doctoral or PhD study.


  • Exercise in Disease and Disability
  • Principles, Policies and Practices of Health Promotion
  • Exercise and Health Psychology
  • Research Methodology and Project Design
  • Exercise Prescription for Clinical Populations
  • Adapting for Disability, Prosthetics and Transplants
  • Behaviour Change: Applied Practice
  • Physical Activity and Mental Health
  • Proposal to Methodology: Ethics and Responsible
  • Research
  • Research Project

Admissions enquiries:


Phone: +353 66 7145638

Course specific enquiries


Phone: +353 66 7144141

Lifelong Learning Department

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