Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering Science (Sports and Exercise)

College of Engineering & Informatics

Course overview

Monitoring sports and exercise performance efficiently and effectively is a crucial part of the modern sports and fitness industry. Sports and Exercise Engineers design systems and devices to monitor sports and exercise performance, with a view to improving this performance for athletes and for exercisers to assist them exercising effectively and appropriately. There is a wide range of opportunities for engineering intervention in the design of systems and devices to monitor sports and exercise performance. Examples of this include developing wearable systems that tell athletes if they are on target with an exercise programme and are training within their training zone; telling a coach in real-time how his players are responding physiologically to the demands of competition; providing rowers with real-time feedback on their rowing style; and encouraging the elderly to adhere to an exercise programme prescribed by their GP.

The importance of physical activity and exercise for people with sedentary lifestyles or on poor diets is stressed by health professions, and continued demand for engineering interventions in the development of exercise equipment is expected. The range of opportunities for such intervention in designing equipment used for sports and exercise performance is extensive. Examples include designing better gym equipment, making exercise equipment more suitable for use by elderly exercisers, designing systems to enhance children’s exercise routines, and enhancing the effectiveness of equipment used in competitive sport.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Minimum Grade Higher C3 in two subjects and Passes in four other subjects at Higher or Ordinary Level in the Leaving Certificate including: Irish, English, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint), Agricultural Science) or Technology and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional requirements

For Leaving Certificate - Minimum Grade C3 in the Higher Level Leaving Certificate paper in Mathematics or alternatively obtain a Pass in the Special Engineering Entrance Examination in Mathematics (held in the University).

For A-Levels -A Minimum of Grade C in A-Level Mathematics was required

Duration: 4 years for BE and 5 years for MEngSc

Next start date: September 2013

Entry points(2012): range 400 - 545

A Level Grades (2012): AAA (A-Level) or equivalent combination

Average intake: 9

Course outline

Year 1

  • Engineering Calculus
  • Engineering Mathematical Methods
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Chemistry
  • Engineering Physics
  • Fundamentals of Engineering
  • Engineering Graphics
  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Computing

Year 2

  • Engineering Calculus
  • Engineering Algebra
  • Applied Maths I & II
  • Engineering Statistics
  • Programming II
  • Microprocessor Systems Engineering I & II
  • Analogue Systems Design I
  • Laboratory exercises
  • Human Anatomy
  • Physiology for Sports & Exercise Engineering I & II
  • Digital Systems I

Year 3

  • Fundamentals of Electromagnetic Theory
  • Analogue Systems Design II
  • Electrical Circuits and Systems I
  • Professional Studies
  • Mechanics of Material
  • Theory of Machines
  • Electrical Power and Machines I
  • Mini Project
  • Sports and Exercise Engineering Laboratory III
  • Sports and Exercise Psychology
  • Exercise Prescription and Programming
  • Kinesiology of Human Movement
  • Exercise Physiology for Engineers

Year 4

  • Digital Systems II
  • Linear Control Systems I & II
  • Signals and Communications
  • Mechanical Analysis and Design
  • Laboratory exercises
  • Sports & Exercise Engineering Project
  • Systems Engineering
  • Programming III Engineering Electromagnetics

Year 5

  • Power Electronics or Digital Signal Processing or Communications Systems Engineering
  • Sports and Exercise Biomechanics
  • Business Management and Finance
  • Electromagnetic Engineering
  • Infrastructure for Embedded Systems Programming
  • Dissertation
  • Laboratory exercises

Further education

Graduates from the four-year BE course wishing to pursue postgraduate study in the college can do Masters or PhD programmes, subject to meeting the entry requirements. The Master of Engineering Science (MEngSc) degree may be obtained by course work with a minor thesis or by research work with a major thesis. Graduates from the five-year MEngSc can pursue postgraduate study as PhD students.

Find out more

Download the Sports & Exercise Engineering Booklet.

Electrical & Electronic Engineering
T 353 91 492728
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Fees for this course

EU (Total): €7,492
 - Tuition: €5,018
 - Student contribution: €2,250
 - Student levy: €224
Non-EU (Total): €13,750

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Current Students

Ailish Brennan

BE (Sport and Exercise)

"...I am a first year student studying a new course called Sports and Exercise Engineering. I was very interested in this course as it is the first of its kind in Ireland. I love the way it incorporates sports and engineering and was excited to find out more about this relationship. Clubs and societies are a very active part of the college. The choices are extensive which means there is something out there for everyone. Joining gives you an automatic connection with friends and people who share the same interest as you. NUI Galway is a marvellous place to attend college and I can't imagine being anywhere else..."