Entry requirements

Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

Months of entry


Course content

This course aims to provide training for professional
development of physical educators and health care workers
who employ exercise therapy. In addition this course would be
ideal for those interested in gaining experience in assessment of
exercise performance, and exercise applications in training and
research. All graduates will develop an advanced understanding
of how the body responds to acute and chronic exercise, in
both physiological and pathological conditions, and acquire
practical experience in the use of modern technologies for
monitoring and assessing exercise performance.
To be eligible for admission, applicants are expected to hold
a tertiary qualification, normally with some grounding in
human biology. Typical candidates who achieve well on the
course are employed in the field of physical education, as
health professionals involved with patient management, or
who have a significant personal involvement or interest in
elite level exercise. Candidates with insufficient biological
background may be required to undertake a lecture unit in
basic physiological principles during the year before entry.
In year one, instruction will consist of approximately 300
contact hours devoted to taught modules comprising 60 ECTS.
All modules will provide a focus on normal physiological
function, pathological conditions and related aspects
of exercise. Running themes throughout the course will
encourage practical applications to human exercise, basics
of data acquisition, recording and analysis, and critical
evaluation of published works. As far as possible modules
are scheduled to take place on only two days per week
(Wednesdays and Thursdays).
In the first year, students are assessed progressively in all
modules through a variety of formal reports, essays, practical
work and through final written examinations (two 3-hour
papers) held during the Annual examination period (May/June).
All students must attend a viva voce examination following the
end of year written papers to conclude the assessment process.
Subject to the discretion of the court of examiners, academic
progress into year two of the course requires that students: a)
achieve an overall mark of at least 50% which will be the creditweighted
average of all modules, and b) pass taught modules
amounting to 60 credits or more.
The second year of the course will consist of a research project
on some aspect of exercise physiology which will comprise 30
ECTS. Projects will be chosen in consultation with an expert
Supervisor, with consideration being given to individual
candidates’ interests. Practical work will be expected to occupy
of the order of 300 hours over the year and assessment is via a
dissertation of approximately 20,000 words. Organisation of the
research will be a matter of negotiation between student and
Supervisor, dependent on the time commitments of each.
The most up to date information on the programme which
includes year one timetables and module descriptions, recent
year two research projects and dissertations, as well as other
useful information such as career paths of recent graduates can
be viewed at the course website listed above.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Mikel Egana
+353 1 896 2723