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MSc Structure & Options

MSc in Physical Education and Sport for Young People is awarded to students who have accumulated 180 M-level credit points which includes a dissertation, either as a consultancy-based project or an academic research paper.

The dissertation is equivalent to 60 M-level credit points. The MSc may be completed within one academic year of three academic semesters, but can be extended over a period of up to six academic semesters. The award of the MSc in Physical Education and Sport for Young People requires the successful completion of three core modules, in module options allowing students to specialise in Sociology, Pedagogy or Psychology of PE and Sport for Young People by choosing the appropriate pathway.

The course is designed to allow students to gain professional working experience while studying. Classes will be Wednesday to Fridays.

The structure which will normally be followed would be:

Semester 1 (September – October)

1 x 30 credit module

MPE5001: Leadership & Professional development in PE & Sport working with and for Young People

Semester 1 (October – December)

2 x 30 credit modules

Select two from:

MPE5004: Cognitive Development & Pedagogy through PE & Sport

MPE5003: PE & Sport & the Social Sciences

MPE5005: Psychology: Culture, Coaching and Young People

Semester 2 (January – February)

1 x 30 credit module

MPE5002: Research Methods in PE & Sport working with and for Young People

Semester 2 / 3 (February – June)

1 x 60 credit module

Select from :

MPE5006: Consultancy Based Project to improve the lives of children and young people through sport


MPE5007: Academic Research Paper

Teaching Staff

Students will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. There will also be a range of expert guest lecturers to enhance students’ skills.

Dr Elaine McLaughlin

Programme Director

Mr Oisin MacIomhair

Senior Lecturer

Dr Ciaran Kearney

Senior Lecturer

Mr Ciaran Walsh

Senior Lecturer

Mr Paddy Tally

Senior Lecturer

Mr Gary McKeegan

Associate Lecturer


You are taught one module at a time in blocks, with time set aside for assessment completion. This is a combination of interactive workshops, lectures, seminars, fieldwork, and practical activities etc.

Practicals are focused on developing subject specific skills and applied individual and group project work.


The course has been designed to include authentic assessments which enhance employability and entrepreneurial skills.

Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, case studies, presentations and practicals. There are no examinations.

Contact Time

Classes will be held on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. A 30-credit module equates to 30 hours of contact time.


The duration of the course is 1 academic year on a full time basis.

Download our Prospectus

Find out more by downloading our prospectus

How to apply

Students interested in the full time MSc in Physical Education & Sport for Young People are invited to complete the online application.

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