MSc (Sports & Exercise Physiotherapy)

College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences

Course overview

Programme description

The overall intention of the Masters programme is to produce a successful student with a wide breadth of knowledge across Sports & Exercise Physiotherapy and the necessary skills to put the theory into practice. 


Programme aims and objectives

The programme will provide doctors and physiotherapists with:

  • The necessary scientific background knowledge to appreciate the issues arising in the field of Sports & Exercise Physiotherapy;
  • The necessary skills and knowledge to provide advice on the prevention of sports injuries;
  • Up-to-date training in modern methods of assessing, diagnosing, and treating sports injuries, including emergency care;
  • Opportunities to learn about the theory and application of Sports Psychology, Podiatry, Biomechanics, Sports Nutrition, Sports Pharmacology, Exercise Physiology, Fitness Assessment, and ethical issues within sport;
  • An opportunity to learn about the medical applications of exercise in maintaining health and in disease;
  • An introduction to research appropriate to the field of Sports & Exercise Physiotherapy.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants must be chartered physiotherapy graduates (BSc Physiotherapy NUI) of National University of Ireland or another university deemed acceptable, and have a minimum of two years experience post qualification.

Duration: 2 years, part-time

Next start date: This programme is now incorporated into the Masters in Medical Science programme.

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 10

Closing date: This programme is now incorporated into the Masters in Medical Science programme.

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

The Masters programme in Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy is a 2-year  part-time programme, modular in structure made up of 2 semesters per year and 3 modules per semester (60 ECTS), with a Masters thesis (30 ECTS) submitted by the end of year two. An exit route (Postgraduate Diploma) is available after year 2 upon successful completion of all modules (60 ECTS). Lectures and clinical teaching take place in the evenings and weekends. In addition candidates attend clinics and keep a log of their attendance.   

Year 1 

  • Module 1: Musculoskeletal Anatomy
  • Module 2: Sports Injury I
  • Module 3:Biomechanics
  • Module 4:Exercise Physiology
  • Module 5: Sports Injury I
  • Module 6:Bioinformatics and Bioethics


Year 2 

  • Module 1:Pre Existing Medical Conditions and Exercise
  • Module 2:Clinical Exercise Rehabilitation
  • Module 3:Biostatistics
  • Module 4:Population Health and Exercise Programming
  • Module 5:Medical Emergencies
  • Module 6:Sport, Exercise, and Performance
  • Thesis 30 ECTS

Coursework will be interdisciplinary and planned to align with the programme and module learning outcomes. Modules will be assessed at the end of each semester consisting of a practical skills assessment and a knowledge-based MCQ. In addition, clinical modules will be assessed using OSCE and clinical case studies. A research proposal will be submitted at the end of year one.

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Short listed applicants may be called to interview and the final selection made at that point.  Preference will be given to applicants with a strong sporting background, either personal involvement or recognised service provision.

Who teaches this course?

In addition to lecturers from  NUIG and University of Limerick, there  are contributions from the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, the Society of Orthopaedic medicine, general practitioners with an involvement in team sport, elite coaches and athletes from different sports, and consultants from University College Hospital Galway, Merlin park Hospital, Mayo General Hospital, the Bons Secours Hospital and the Galway Clinic respectively.

Find out more

Micheál Newell
T +353 91 495 940

PAC code


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €4,745
 - Student levy: €224
Non-EU (Total): €13,750

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