Master of Science in Sports Performance Analysis

  • Master of Science in Sports Performance Analysis       
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Details available on the Admissions-Postgraduate pages
  • For full details, go to Admissions- Recognition of Prior learning
  • 1 Year Full-time/2 Years Part-time (1 day per week)
  • Carlow
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Sports Performance Analysis (Level 9 - 60 credits)
  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Further Study & Careers
  • PAC Codes & Fees
  • How to apply
  • Contact


Performance Analysis provides the coach and athlete with objective information that helps them understand performance, and improve the coaching process by providing statistical and video information on athlete performance. This process is underpinned by a systematic observation process resulting in valid, reliable and detailed information.

What is this programme about?

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 by a theoretical foundation. The programme aims to provides graduates with the necessary academic, practical and research-based skills to become an effective performance analysis practitioner and feed into and drive the sports performance analysis demand in Ireland and internationally.

Special Features of the programme

Learners work with a sports team or teams during the year/season. This 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.

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.

The programme is delivered in a blended format with approximately one week in every four being delivered on campus whereas the other weeks are delivered remotely.

The programme is delivered on a Thursday and Friday each week during the academic year.

What subjects will I study?

Semester One                                                      
  • Data Analysis in Sport
  • Research Methods
  • Computerised Performance Analysis
  • Contemporary Issues in Sports Performances Analysis
Semester Two
  • Sports Analytics and Insights
  • Coaching Science
  • Applied Performance Analysis
Semester Three
  • Dissertation (This will run throughout the year)

NOTE: The MSc programme will be delivered through a Blended learning approach between On-Campus Delivery and Online Delivery.

Entry Requirements

Applicants require a Level 8 Degree (minimum 2nd class Honours) in:

  • BA Sports Management and Coaching
  • BSc in Sport Science or cognate qualifications.

Applicants applying for entry via routes other than those listed above will be considered on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with SETU Carlow’s Recognised Priorn Learning (RPL) policy.

Study & Career Opportunities

This programme is highly vocational and practical and is carefully aligned to industry demands, yet underpinned by solid theoretical foundations. The programme will be beneficial to those wishing to seek future opportunities in performance analysis, those currently employed within a club or organisation with a performance analysis role, and coaches who want to enhance their knowledge and skill set.

Students also have access to our innovative Sports Performance Analysis Lab at SETU Carlow. They will have the opportunity to learn how to use and apply the latest performance analysis software to their practice (Sportscode Elite, NacSport, Dartfish and Quintic).

Student Profile

Ger Dunne

Head of Performance Analysis, FAI (Football Association of Ireland)

"As a student on the MSc in Sports Performance Analysis, I have learned a whole new range of skills that I can apply to my job as Head Performance Analyst with the FAI. I now have more tools available to me, and with the excellent tutors and students, we have all grown significantly over the past year. The course has also improved my research knowledge, which I now find invaluable."

Graduate Profile

Kevin McGuigan

Performance Analyst - Sport Northern Ireland Sports Institute

"The course gave me an excellent grounding in both the theory and practical aspects of sports performance analysis through excellent teaching. I have gained new skills and knowledge by doing the course, and I apply this to my provision when working with elite athletes."

Programme Codes & Fees

Programme Code Programme Title Campus Location Schedule Fees Closing date for applications
SE91A Master of Science in Sports Performance Analysis Carlow Full-time €7,000* Details available on the Admissions-Postgraduate page
SE91C Master of Science in Sports Performance Analysis Carlow Part-time day €7,000*  
SE91B Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Sports Performance Analysis Carlow Full-time €6,000  
SE91D Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Sports Performance Analysis Carlow Part-time day €6,000  
  * Fees for SETU Carlow major award graduates only €5,500        

How to apply

  1. Research & choose your programme from our wide range of postgraduate offerings on our website or in our prospectus.
  2. Check all of the relevant programme information including entry requirements, programme code and closing dates, taking time to read the Application Instructions.
  3. Get started on your postgraduate journey at SETU Carlow!

For admissions queries from Irish or European applicants, please email:

All international Non-EU applicants should refer to the International section of the website for more information.


Johnny Bradley
BSc, MSc
Programme Director