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Research MSc and PhD Degrees

The Centre for Sports Studies offers postgraduate research programmes at both the Masters and doctoral level. These programmes may be taken on a fulltime or a part-time basis and will normally be open to graduates who have completed and achieved a high standard in their primary degree.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must normally have obtained a First or Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant area. Applications may also be considered from other graduates, or those with qualifications considered equivalent, who have significant relevant experience. It is anticipated that candidates will normally hold a primary degree in the discipline in which they intend to carry out their research.

Candidates for the MSc and PhD programmes will undertake a research project in a relevant area of specialisation:

Sport Management (including marketing/sponsorship, event management and strategic/operational management)

Coaching Management

Exercise Management

Historical and Sociological studies of sport

Exercise Physiology*

Coaching Science*

Sports Nutrition*


* Most of the research in the exercise science field is conducted under the auspices of the UCD Institute for Sport and Health. 


Each student will be assigned a supervisor who will have experience and interest in the nominated research area. Candidates will be required to submit a dissertation (thesis) on their research topic as well as complete coursework in related areas, attend the graduate seminar as well as complete a relevant research methods module. The coursework wil be determined on a case-by-case basis by the relevant Head of Subject.

Doctoral candidates will be required to attend for oral examination.

Informal enquiries should be sent to

Applicants may be required to attend for interview.

Research Proposal Guidlines 

Each applicant is required to submit, with his or her application, a research proposal indicating an area of specialisation and describing how the research is to be carried out. The proposal should outline the topic, the background, the proposed study, the methods to be employed and facilities required. This will enable the Centre to identify a suitable supervisor.


A 1500 word proposal outlining the details of the project to include:


Literature review to the project including relevant references

Proposed study

Methods to be employed

Facilities required


To discuss your proposal, with a relevant member of staff, applicants should contact the:

UCD Centre for Sports Studies
Woodview  House
Belfield, Dublin 4
Tel: +3531 716 3430


For further information please see the Research MSc and PhD Sport and Exercise Management