Master of Science in Strength & Conditioning

  • Masters of Science in Strength and Conditioning
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Details available on the Admissions-Postgraduate pages
  • 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.

What will I be able to do when I finish this programme?

Graduates of the programme will be eligible to apply for membership to the Irish Institute of Sport (IIS), the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) based in the United States of America. It is anticipated that students will apply for these independent professional accreditations and will be suitably prepared to meet the stringent competencies of each. In addition, programme graduates will have developed and honed the advanced skills required of an applied strength and conditioning practitioner and they can implement these skills in their respective fields.

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 mondo 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
  • Research Methods
Elective subjects
  • Strength and Conditioning for the Older Adult
  • Injury Rehab and Reconditioning
  • Paediatric Strength and Conditioning

NOTE: Specific modules may be subject to amendment after our 2021 programmatic review.

Entry Requirements

A Level 8 degree with a minimum Second Class Honours Grade 2, in a relevant field of study. Candidates who do not meet the requirements but have relevant professional experience are also invited to apply as each application is considered on a case-by-case basis.

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

Study & Career Opportunities

Students who successfully complete 60 credits of the programme will be eligible for the Postgraduate Diploma in Science, (Level 9) should they opt to leave the programme at this stage.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Strength & Conditioning is an embedded exit award.

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 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
CWS05 Master of Science in Strength and Conditioning Carlow Full-time €7,800 Details available on the Admissions-Postgraduate pages
CWS30 Master of Science in Strength and Conditioning Carlow Part-time day €7,800  
CWS06 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Strength and Conditioning Carlow Full-time €6,000  
CWS31 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Strength and Conditioning Carlow Part-time day €6,000  

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 IT 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.


Dr Paula Rankin
BA, MSc, PgDip, PhD
Head of Department - Science & Health