Master of Science in Strength & Conditioning

  • Masters of Science in Strength and Conditioning
  • 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
  • Carlow
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Strength and Conditioning (NFQ Level 9 - 60 credits)
  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Further Study & Careers
  • PAC Codes & Fees
  • How to apply
  • Contact


The Master of Science in Strength and Conditioning has been designed to meet the growing demand for highly skilled, qualified strength and conditioning practitioners.

The aim of the programme is to provide an intellectually challenging, applied postgraduate programme of study that will prepare graduates with advanced knowledge, understanding and practical coaching skills in Strength and Conditioning. This will enable them to work with elite athletes, recreational and specialist population groups.

Course Delivery

The part-time offering is delivered one day per week over two academic years. Semester two of year two will comprise a supervised research dissertation. The research topic may be work-place based.

The full-time programme is delivered on the basis of two full contact days per week over a one year period.

Special features of this programme

Guest lectures

The programme will be delivered by staff who all have significant professional practice experience working with athletes and players at all levels up to international standard.

Alongside the wealth of on-site knowledge, guest lectures will be delivered by international experts in the field.


On-site strength and conditioning resources include a dedicated state-of-the-art performance facility, comprising Eleiko equipment, a 30-metre indoor sprint track, sports halls, 4G pitches and athletics track. The Department of Science and Health is equipped with physiology and biomechanics laboratories, each with a comprehensive range of performance evaluation equipment.

What subjects will I study?

  • Strength and Conditioning Research Dissertation
  • Advanced Resistance Training
  • Explosive Conditioning
  • Metabolic  Conditioning
  • Periodisation for Strength and Conditioning
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Higher Performance Sports Testing
  • Applied Research in Strength and Conditioning
Elective subjects
  • Strength and Conditioning for the Older Adult
  • Injury Rehab and Reconditioning
  • Youth Fitness and Athletic Development

Entry Requirements

A Level 8 degree with a minimum Second Class Honours Grade 2, in a relevant field of study. 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 Prior Learning (RPL) policy.

Please note that all Non-EU applicants should refer to the International section of the SETU website for further information.

Study & Career Opportunities

Strength and Conditioning is an integral component of physical activity that spans recreational participation to elite performance.

Graduates of the program will be suitably equipped with the knowledge and competencies to meet the growing demand for skilled practitioners. In addition, it is anticipated that students will apply for professional accreditation (UKSCA, NSCA, ISAK) and will be suitably prepared to meet the stringent competencies of each.

Student Profile

Jamiyah Bethune - Victory Scholar, USA

Tell us about your background
I graduated with honors (cum laude) from Monmouth University (West Long Branch, New Jersey) with a Bachelors degree in Health and Physical Education and a minor in Information Technology. I was also a full scholarship Division I athlete on the women's basketball team where I played for 3 years and earned 3rd Team All Maac Conference my final year and was also the second leading scorer.

Currently, I am a Victory Scholar for Sport Changes Life. My position entails playing basketball for (formerly) IT Carlow as an elite scholar, earning my Master's degree, and coaching youth basketball players through Ireland.

How have you found the programme to date ?
To date, I've found the program challenging but also very rewarding. It's an adjustment from the American college learning system but it's a lot more hands on. I like that the class sizes are small and more intimate. The professors do a great job of not only making sure we can comprehend the material being taught but also making sure we are able to draw our own conclusions and develop effective training programs for athletes.

Would you recommend this programme to others ?
Yes, I would recommend this program to anyone who is hardworking and looking to further their knowledge in the development of athletes and enhancing athletic performance.

Programme Codes & Fees

Programme Code Programme Title Campus Location Schedule Fees Closing date for applications
SE91R Master of Science in Strength and Conditioning Carlow Full-time €7,800 Details available on the Admissions-Postgraduate pages
SE91T Master of Science in Strength and Conditioning Carlow Part-time day €7,800  
SE91S Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Strength and Conditioning Carlow Full-time €6,000  
SE91U Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Strength and Conditioning Carlow Part-time day €6,000  
  Master of Science in Strength and Conditioning (Non-EU Students) Carlow Full-time  €11,250  

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 Non-EU applicants should apply through the International office. Please refer to the International section of the website for further information.


Declan Browne
BSc, MSc
Programme Director