M.Sc. Blended

Masters of Science in Performance Coaching

Setanta College

15 months
10800 EUR/year
7600 EUR/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
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The Master of Science in Performance Coaching at Setanta College offers an ideal, blended way of studying. Students, coaches, clinicians and those involved in sport can study within their own work area, or within their home area, and attend two one-week non-consecutive residential weeks at the state-of-the-art SportsLab in Ireland.


We have seen a growing demand for Performance Coaching professionals throughout the world of sport and human performance. With the explosion of technology in sport in recent years there is a requirement for key individuals to gain the skill sets to understand and interpret data and develop the practical application and coaching skills to devise, implement and oversee performance-related programmes. 

This Masters of Science in Performance Coaching is a joint programme by Setanta College and the Irish American University. The programme is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. 

Our industry-recognised qualification will give you:

  • An advanced understanding of both current and emerging technology, knowledge and practice in performance science.
  • Practical coaching skills in the application of technology in sport.
  • Preparation and encouragement to pursue future coaching and performance management opportunities.
  • Higher order creative, critical and reflective thinking skills that encourage application and evaluation.
  • A multidisciplinary approach to working confidently within sport and human performance at an elite level.


This programme will produce graduates capable of coaching, planning, managing and implementing the latest sports technology and methodologies based on current science and its practical application. As such, it is expected that graduates will be well prepared to accept high levels of responsibility within a variety of sports and fitness industry sectors. They include but are not limited to:

  • Elite and Amateur levels in Team and Individual sports
  • National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGB)
  • Health and Public sector
  • Health and Fitness industry
  • Freelance and Consultancy
  • Sports Technology, Equipment and Performance Science


  • The Master of Science in Performance Coaching is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. 
  • This is one of the World’s leading accrediting bodies, recognised globally and comes under the US Department of Education’s Council of Higher Education Accreditation. 
  • Furthermore, Setanta College Professional Advisory Board, other subject matter experts, and international sporting organisations have informed, reviewed, and approved the course content. 
  • This includes World Rugby, the Titleist Performance Institute, and the NSCA who recognise our programmes and qualifications.

Programme Structure

Modules covered:

  • Advanced Conditioning and Recovery Methods
  • Coaching & Monitoring Technology
  • Human Motion & Movement Analysis
  • Sports & Exercise Nutrition
  • Biomedical Aspects & Applied Coaching
  • Data Management & Research Methods
  • Applied Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 15 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Candidates may be accepted onto the programme with a primary degree in any one of the following:

  • Strength and Conditioning, Sports Science, Sports Physiotherapy, Athletic Training or a similar field of study and at least three years relevant professional experience


  • An appropriate professional qualification (such as CSCS, UKSCA) and at least five years relevant experience


  • Special Case Registrations: prospective participants who do not meet the entry requirements for the programme detailed above, but who may qualify for admission by meeting certain other equivalent criteria, should apply to the College Administrator for consideration. An interview may form part of the selection process for all application routes

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    10800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13500 EUR for the full programme during 15 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9500 EUR for the full programme during 15 months.

Living costs for Thurles

650 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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