Course Details

Delivered through blended learning, you can work full-time and study this MSc in Physical Sports Performance Analysis. This MSc will provide you with an in-depth and relevant focus on applied and academic sports performance analysis skills that are needed for the role as a sports performance analyst in elite and professional sports environments.

Start Date
9th October 2021
Level 9 Masters Degree
Portobello Institute
Course Duration
3 academic semesters


The demands are extensive for those hoping to progress in the industry of elite sports performance. In addition to fundamental academic capabilities and professional competencies, specific technical and analytical skills are required to be competitive in the rapidly evolving industry of sports technology and performance. This MSc is designed to professionally develop practitioners to progress in both their applied and academic career.

The course is designed for those students considering entering employment in sports technology or professional performance domains. Excellent links with sports technology companies and performance sport domains will allow all students to experience a practical-based placement as part of their course. The course furthermore aims to develop students’ ability to work independently, in proposing and developing solutions to problems in a systematic and effective manner, and in communicating confidently and clearly both in writing and verbally. It enables the demonstration of the graduate attributes of self-awareness; performance in a variety of idioms and contexts; and ethical and creative considerations.

Why should I study this course?

The MSc provides a grounding in understanding technical and tactical components of performance that are required for strategic intervention and performance manipulation. Sports Performance Analysts play a key role in a number of performance domains from elite, professional sports environments to the entertainment industry, performance analysis has become an integral component of consumer and professional sporting worlds. The MSc is designed for those eager to gain proficiency in using the hard-ware and software required for analysis of pitch-based and lab-based performance, including GPS, notational/video analysis, biomechanical and physiological analysis. As well as gaining performance analysis skills, our programme is designed to provide career mentorship, personal and professional development for students on an individual-basis to progress in their chosen career field.

“The benefits of when you do good analysis work are obvious, what comes out of it. The top players are the biggest users. Paul O’Connell, Brian O’Driscoll, Donncha O’Callaghan; they’re the guys that are stuck into it. The purpose of analysis is to aid decision-making.”

- George Murray - Munster Rugby Analyst

Who will recognise my qualification?

Upon completing this level 9 degree, you will hold a MSc in Sports Performance Analysis awarded by London Metropolitan University (LMU).

Qualifications Frameworks in Ireland and the UK

The Irish and UK qualifications authorities have collaborated on initiatives that promote the transparency, recognition and mobility of qualifications between our respective jurisdictions. The qualifications authorities in the UK and Ireland have agreed the qualifications frameworks in operation, Brexit will not impact this agreement. Further guidance on this framework is available here.

What will I study during this MSc Sports Performance Analysis – Starts October ’21 course?

This programme offers you the opportunity to develop and progress your career by providing a rigorous, in-depth and relevant focus on applied and academic sports performance analysis skills. You will develop your understanding and ability to apply knowledge and analysis to various contexts through a range of opportunities, including the use of your own work experience, case studies, performance analysis scenarios, presentations, problem-based learning exercises and study visits.

Graduates who have successfully completed the course will be able to demonstrate skills and competences in the following areas;

Sport Performance Analysis Practical Skills

  • Analyse the degree, to which the performance sport sector has incorporated advances in technology and assess the impact that this has had on applied practices.
  • Foster a critical awareness of global sports performance analysis development in the context evidence-based practice.
  • Appraise various operational strategies employed in sports performance and sports technology domains.
  • Investigate and evaluate.
  • Foster critical awareness and thorough understanding of the performance sport sector, combining knowledge and analysis acquired to develop a relevant industry specific original report to a professional standard.
  • Demonstrate specialist knowledge and understanding of the performance sport sector and the external context in which it operates, to evaluate strategic choices and make informed strategic decisions for change implementation.
  • Conduct independent research and use acquired knowledge to analyse and evaluate specific issues surrounding the performance sport sector.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness, self – reflection and self-development to promote higher level transferrable skills.

Practical/transferable skills including employability 

  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of practical issues relating to Sports Performance Analysis Sector and be capable of providing comprehensive advice in dealing with them.
  • Work independently to plan and deliver a work of a professional standard and demonstrate self-direction and originality in problem solving.
  • Demonstrate the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:
    • the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility
    • decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations
    • Analytical skills, evaluation and synthesis in dealing with a professional sports environment challenge
  • Biomechanical Performance Analysis – 20 Credits

    This module focuses on motion capture and movement analysis backed up by other biomechanical analysis techniques including ecological measures and the use of force platforms.

    • Motion capture in 2D of single and cyclical movement
    • Current biomechanics research topics (including those focusing on force platform and movement analysis)
    • Use of motion analysis software and statistical analysis software for motion analysis and description
    • Data cleansing/analysis including smoothing, error correction, outlier management, scaling and filtering
    • Statistical measures of reliability
    • Viva training
  • Notational Analysis for Sports Performance – 20 Credits

    This module focuses on the development of transferable skills, critical thinking and proficiency in data analysis and assimilation. The module will provide: in depth information on common hardware and software used in analysis of performance in sport (i.e. Dart Phish, Performance Sport etc.).

    • The role of data in professional sports support
    • Communication with data in sport – who uses data – how and why
    • Performance monitoring and analysis
    • Technology and software available for notational analysis
    • Performance Analysis: from competition to training – reverse engineering winning teams
    • Data analysis in Talent Development settings
    • Key performance indicators, identification and application
    • Challenges in practical application of data analysis
    • Limitations of Data Analysis in Sports
    • Ethical consideration for data analysis in sport
    • Contemporary issues in data analysis in sport
  • Performance Analysis for Individual Sport – 20 Credits

    This module equips students with the theoretical and practical knowledge for conducting needs analysis for individual and sport, designing and implementing analysis for performance and related parameters in individual sports. The module focuses on evaluating different parameters of performance from technical, tactical, physiological, biomechanical and injury risk perspectives. In addition, the module explores the application of this knowledge to performance analysis, the development of sporting excellence and injury prevention.

    • Needs analysis for individual Sport
    • Technical and Tactical development and monitoring in individual sport
    • Technology and software for performance analysis
    • Key performance indicators for monitoring and development in training
    • Practical implementation of monitoring and analysis in sport
  • Performance Analysis for Pitch-Based Sports – 20 Credits

    This module equips students with the theoretical and practical knowledge for conducting needs analysis for pitch-based team sport, designing and implementing analysis for performance and related parameters in intermittent pitch-based performance sports. Specifically, this module will explore tactical analysis that performance teams use to reverse engineer winning and losing performances for their own team and opposition team.

    • Needs analysis for pitch-based sports
    • Technical and Tactical development and monitoring in team sport
    • Technology and software for team performance analysis
    • Key performance indicators for monitoring and development in team training
    • Practical implementation of monitoring and analysis in team sport
  • Professional Development in Applied Performance Analysis – 20 Credits

    This module extends students’ learning experience by providing them with an opportunity to reflect on, and evaluate, their personal experiences of a given employment related to their area of academic study.

    • Communication skills
    • Team working skills
    • Reflective writing
    • Oral presentation skills
    • Employability
  • Research Methods for Sports – 20 Credits

    The module is designed to provide students with an understanding of the skills needed for planning, organisation and practice of research in health sciences.

    • Statistical methods, and examination of already published data to examine validity/reliability.
    • Proposal writing, the project process, managing the project and your supervisor, ethical processes, and dissemination of project output.
    • Computer software skills including advanced word processing layout and formatting skills for large projects, referencing software, poster design, project funding, journal publishing, and statistical techniques in statistical software.
  • Sports Performance Analysis Dissertation – 60 Credits

    This module will enable students to reinforce the skills necessary to carry out a scientific programme requiring significant research.  It will allow students to demonstrate the final development of their subject knowledge, skills and understanding through extended research based on laboratory, literature or field work. This research will lead to the presentation of a detailed written report.

    Students will reflect upon their scientific background and intended academic outcome in choosing the subject for their dissertation. Students carry out an experimental project, preceded by an appropriate directed literature survey, within an area of staff expertise in Portobello Institute. Students are expected to work independently throughout the project.

    • Analysis, appraisal and presentation of the results.
    • Work will be communicated both as a fully documented scientific report and in an oral presentation.
    • Practical work:  Application of scientific knowledge and experimental skills to the design and execution of a subject-based practical project.
    • Progress report writing including ability to plan and develop ideas.

Who will I learn from?

Programme Manager

Dr Susan Giblin

‘Sports students are passionate, determined and motivated people. They bring an energy to the classroom that is infectious. They are a joy to mentor and our academic team are invaluable in providing that mentorship to our students.’

About Susan

I have been passionate about sport from a young age, I decided to pursue my passion academically when I had the opportunity to and completed my BSc in Health and Performance Science in UCD. I was part of the first graduating class in Health and Performance Science, the concept of sports science was very new in Ireland at the time and opportunities to gain applied experience were rare. On graduating, I was determined to gain as much hands-on practical experience as possible and I was very fortunate to work as a Sports Scientist at Sports Med Ireland where I gained invaluable insight into the world of supporting elite athletes. Notably, there were no practical or applied experience elements as part of my degree, we worked in the lab but not on the field with coaches or athletes which meant really learning on your feet, trying to gain practical competence when starting to work in applied settings. This was something I knew I wanted to try and change if I ever found myself back in academia. It didn’t make sense to me why the applied and academic aspects of sport were so separate, really to change performance both need to be intertwined. Since then, I have endeavoured to combine applied and academic work.

During my early applied work, I became fascinated with the interplay between physical and psychological performance. I left for the UK to pursue a MSc in Performance Psychology, based in the UK I gained valuable opportunities to work in applied, elite sports settings (largely focused in soccer, motorsport and golf). From there, I completed my psychology accreditation and pursued my PhD and post-doctoral research focusing on the use of technology to assess physical and psychological parameters of development. I returned to Ireland to work with the international data sports science company Kitman Labs as Head of Research and I gained fantastic experiences working with innovative international sports organisations. On completion of my post-doctoral research I began lecturing in sports science and sports psychology. In doing so, I quickly realised that not much had changed in terms of academic qualifications in sport, despite the applied sports industry having developed light years ahead with integration of performance technology. Throughout my career development to date, mentors have been an incredibly important asset to me in terms of personal and professional growth. I wanted to be able to provide similar support to individuals who were passionate about pursuing a career in sport. Portobello institute provided the perfect opportunity to address the frustrating limitations of current educational practices in sport by developing innovative, applied degree programmes that ingrain practical skill competence, personal and professional development for students and I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Portobello Sports Team since arriving here as a lecturer in 2016.

Why did you choose to work in education?

Education has always been a big part of my life (despite hating school!!). The value of education and the privilege of being able to pursue third level education was instilled from a very young age. I firmly believe that education is an incredible tool that can be used to build a fulfilling life and education should be accessible and individual. Accessible, individual education is something I am very passionate about; from personal experience I understand that one size rarely fits all in terms of education. Unfortunately, primary and secondary (and in many cases tertiary) education comes in a very generic form and that can be very damaging. In fact, it can lead to individuals not pursing their full potential, or not even recognising the potential that they have to pursue. I am dedicated to ensuring that teaching/lecturing is recognised as a role of great responsibility that goes beyond delivering curricular content and focuses on promoting confident learners who are eager to pursue their dull potential after completing their primary degree.

Your experience as a Programme Manager.

My experience as Programme Manager to date has been an incredibly rewarding one. As Programme Manager I am privileged to support our students from the day arrive to the day they graduate and beyond. The most fulfilling part of my role is being able to work with and get to know the person behind the student number, understanding what their ambitions are and guiding them on to the next step of their journey. That next step may be to postgraduation education or to employment as a practitioner. Whatever it is, my role is to support our students in figuring out their path and providing individual support to ensure that students’ personal, academic and professional development is optimised during their time at Portobello Institute.
In addition to providing personal support, as Programme Manager I am involved in the continual review and strategic development of our academic offering in the Sports Department. I work with industry and academic collaborative partners to ensure that the qualifications we offer our students are leading the curve in the sports industry.

Why Portobello?

Portobello Institute is an agile, innovative Institute of Education. In academia Institutes tend to be slow to change or develop, as sport is such a new and evolving science having an Institute that is willing and able to change ahead of the curve is absolutely essential. Portobello Institute offers this dynamic, forward thinking environment that is focused on changing the way we educate our next generation of practitioners in Sport. Portobello Institute is bridging the gap that has previously existed between applied practice and academic research. The focus here is on developing graduates who are proficient, evidence-based practitioners who are also passionate about scientific research, that is something you just don’t find elsewhere.


  • Post-doctoral fellowship – Psychomotor assessment validation (University of Central Lancashire)
  • PhD Psychomotor Development (University of Central Lancashire)
  • MSc Performance Psychology (University of Edinburgh)
  • PGDiploma General Psychology (University of Derby)
  • BSc Health & Performance Science (UCD)

Research / Industry Participation

  • Accredited member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI)
  • BASES Accredited Sports Psychologist
  • HCPC Chartered Scientist Status (CSci)
  • Former Head of Research, Kitman Labs Ltd.

Research & Publications:

  • Cruickshank, A., Giblin, S., Collins, D. ‘Mental preparation for competitive sprints’ in The Science of Sprinting. Platt, G., (Eds) Routledge
  • Ng, J., Button, C., Collins, D., Giblin, S., and Kennedy, G. (2019). Assessing the Internal Reliability and Construct Validity of the General Movement Competence Assessment for Children. Journal of Motor Learning and Development  8, 1, 87-106, available from: <>
  • MELG Funded Research in collaboration with UHL HSE and UL. An investigation of physical activity engagement and barriers to engagement in children with T1DM (2019)
  • Giblin, S., Meldrum, D., McGroarty, M., O’Brien S., Wetterling, F. (2015) ‘A markerless motion capture system to enhance injury monitoring in professional sports: a single case validation study on the example of external and internal shoulder rotation’ Functional Sports & Exercise Medicine DOI:10.13140/RG.2.1.3434.5440
  • Giblin, S., Meldrum, D., McGroarty, M., O’Brien S., Wetterling, F. (2015). ‘Wholebody magnetic resonance imaging enables assessment of spatial accuracy and precision of skeletal joint locations inferred from motion capture systems’ 6th Int. Conference on 3D Body Scanning Technologies October DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3105.0963
  • Giblin, S., Meldrum, D., McGroarty, M., O’Brien S., Wetterling, F. (2015) ‘Bone length calibration can significantly improve the measurement accuracy of knee flexion angle when using a marker- less system to capture the motion of countermovement jump’ DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3105.0963
  • Giblin, S., Collins, D., & Button, C. (2014). Physical literacy: importance, assessment and future directions. Sports Medicine, 44(9), 11771184.
  • Giblin, S., Collins, D., MacNamara, A., & Kiely, J. (2014). “Deliberate Preparation” as an Evidence-Based Focus for Primary Physical Education. Quest, 66(4), 385395.
  • MacNamara, Á., Collins, D., & Giblin, S. (2015). Just let them play? Deliberate preparation as the most appropriate foundation for lifelong physical activity. Frontiers in psychology, 6.

Personal Academic Tutor

Each student is assigned a personal academic tutor to support you throughout your learning journey. They are available to offer you telephone and email support at any time. You can arrange to meet them for further one to one guidance at a time convenient to you.

Many of our past graduates have found it is the opportunity to ask a simple question, seek direction and submit a draft of their assessment that supported them most to successful completion. Emailing your tutor at any stage during your programme to ask a query or submit a draft of your assessment supports you to achieve your personal best throughout your studies with Portobello.

This level of one to one support is a particular benefit to choosing Portobello as your Institute of choice to complete your studies.

How will I learn?

Delivery Mode

This MSc has been specifically designed for delivery by online learning with live interactive webinar sessions. It is very suited to you if you have a busy work and home life and want to fit study around this. Blended Learning takes the schedule of a traditional face to face learning programme and re-structures it to reduce the contact tuition time by introducing more online learning together with one to one tutor support.  This mode of delivery includes contact tuition and web-based e-learning sessions. The e-learning platform is interactive including recorded sessions, webinars with weekly content and assigned tasks to themes and topics. The time commitment will be greater than a blended learning programme. A blended learning programme usually has a single workshop at the start of a module whereas a flexible delivery programme will usually have a minimum of 1 weekend per month attendance required.

There is one to one tutor support available to you during your learning journey. You can upload your assessments and your support tutor will give you feedback on whether you are on the right track. Online learning allows you to study at your time with support available when you need it. Integrated throughout the programme are webinars, designed to give you the connection between theory and practice in facilities management.

Course Structure

This is a blended learning course delivered over 3 academic semesters with online learning, supported tutorials and webinars held on Saturdays during term time. Attendance at webinars and tutorials is recommended however not compulsory.

Each semester has a combination of webinars and tutorials designed to support the student complete the modules scheduled for that semester. Webinars/tutorials are held on a Saturday from 10am to 4pm and are available to log-in to, from an off-site location. Attendance at webinars and tutorials is not mandatory and delivered with the purpose of introducing the module tutor, setting out the learning outcomes, content, the assessment strategy and expectations for skills/knowledge development and supporting you to achieve the requirements. Webinars are recorded and can be accessed at a later date.

All of the course material is held on an e-learing portal which is an easy to use online platform specifically designed for online learning programmes. During the induction, students will be introduced to the platform with practical demonstration of how to use the portal and access lessons quickly and easily. To complete this course, students must have a basic knowledge of using a computer and searching the internet for research purposes.

During this Masters programme you will complete seven modules. You will study three modules in semester one and two. Your final semester will be dedicated to your dissertation project in Sports Performance Analysis.

Indicative schedule

This is a sample schedule of modules and is subject to change.


Module Credits
Semster 2 Performance Analysis for Pitch-based sports 20
Semester 2 Performance Analysis for Individual Sports 20
Semester 2 Professional Development in Applied Performance Analysis 20
Semester 1 Biomechanical Performance Analysis 20
Semester 1 Notational Performance Analysis 20
Semester 1 Research Methods for Sports 20
Semester 3 Dissertation in Performance Analysis 60
Semester 1 & 2

Semester 1 & 2 run from 02/10/21 – 28/05/22

Assessments take place between 23/05/22 – 28/05/22.

Tutorial webinar/seminar held on allocated Saturdays, 10am – 4pm.

Webinars are recorded so you may review at a later stage if you are unable to attend the live sessions.

The schedule for the upcoming academic year 21-22 is available here – please note there may be some variation to these dates.

Semester 3

Semester 3 encompasses a research project and runs from 04/06/22 – 28/08/22

Tutorial webinar/seminar held on allocated Saturdays, 10am – 4pm

Webinars are recorded so you may review at a later stage if you are unable to attend the live sessions.

How will I be assessed?

A variety of assessment methods are used to support students with different learning styles. These vary from written reports to practical case studies, skills demonstrations to examinations. The dissertation project provides the opportunity for an extended piece of formal scientific writing preparing you for your future career and the need to keep scientific based patient notes. We encourage you to reflect on your knowledge gain with a number of assignments designed to explore your learning journey. All of these assessment methods are seeking to support you to combine theory with scenario-based learning and how to practically implement these methods into your everyday practice.

Career prospects

There are a number of different career routes that graduates can take, broadly the options fall in to three categories, technology, applied practice or entertainment.

  1. Sports Performance Analysts can progress in careers in the sports technology industry, working on developing, researching and delivering the next innovations from software and hardware to the world of elite sports.
  2. Sports Performance Analysts are also employed as key members of multidisciplinary professional sports teams, working closely with coaches providing performance support to teams and athletes.
  3. Sports Performance Analysts play a key role in providing performance footage, review and analysis for TV commentary. This could include coverage of major world championships as well as weekly league requirements.

What is the role of a sports performance analyst?

If you are interested in assessing performance in sport to develop an understanding of actions that can inform decision-making, optimize performance and support coaches and players in their journey towards optimal results, then a role in sports performance analysis will be of interest to you. Professional sports teams employ performance data analysts to manage the data they gather and analyse to manage the development of their athletes. When working in this area of sport you will be helping professional athletes and teams achieve optimum levels of performance. As a sports performance analyst, you will utilise the principles of measurement and assessment strategies in sport, exercise and physical education.

Related Courses

Full Time

BSc (Hons) Sports Science & Performance Analysis

This full-time BSc Sports Science and Performance Analysis will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of sports science and the opportunity to qualify and work as a professional sports performance analyst.

Portobello Institute
Start Date
4th October 2021

Speak to an expert

Choosing a course that will lead you to your career of choice is a significant decision. Understanding the delivery modes, supports available, career opportunities and further study options are all key considerations when making your choice. Our course adviser team are experts in the courses Portobello offers, the employment prospects and possible progression routes to Masters programmes – they will guide you through the detail and support you with any queries you may have.

It is important you make the right choice for you and choose the Institute and course that will best suit your needs.

Your Consultant

Johanna Shaw

About Johanna 

Johanna is Portobello Institute’s Sports Development and Admissions Advisor. Prior to working with us Johanna worked in TCD and Kingston College in the UK. Johanna completed a MPhil in Physical Activity for Health and a BSc in Sport & Exercise Science.

How long are you working in Portobello?

I started working at Portobello in August 2020.

What do you enjoy about working in Portobello?

I enjoy working with the other staff here at Portobello, everyone is so friendly and happy to help there are no stupid questions or ideas.

What inspires you about working in education?

I love being able to make a huge difference to so many students lives and helping them progress towards the career they want to do or didn’t know they could do before they talked to me.

Have you a story that you recall that touched you/made you laugh/made you cry?

I am always touched when you meet or hear from a past student and hear all the amazing achievements they gained after completing the course you helped put them on or helped get them through.

How do you feel when you have helped a student reach a decision on their course choice?

My role is so rewarding when you know you have helped a student get one step closer to the career they are interested in.

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How do I apply?

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college.


Without a Leaving Certificate

Students will be required to have a minimum of a 2.2 (or equivalent) in a related subject discipline. A detailed statement to support your application to the course. You should also submit an up-to-date CV and copies of awards/professional qualifications. All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the use of the English Language.

Application Process

Step 1

Complete the online booking form.

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Step 2

Applicants will be contacted for confirmation of eligibility for entry, applicants will be required to submit transcripts of previous qualifications.

Step 3

Confirmation of a place will be given to applicants immediately meeting the criteria.

Please note places on this course are only confirmed once tuition fees have been received.

Students will be registered as a post-graduate degree student with London Metropolitan University.

Fees & Payment Options


Course Price

Per academic year.


Exam Body Reg. Fee

Per academic year - due at start of academic year.


Full Payment

Total amount payable.


Easy Payment Plan

Deposit of 30% upon acceptance of an offer of a place. Balance to be paid in 10 payments due on 1st of the month commencing the first month after the programme commences. Exam registration fees are included in the Easy Payment Plan.

Deposit Amount

30% deposit payment, due on application of your course.


Instalments Payments

Deposit payment (€2,917.50), followed by 10 scheduled payments every 1 month(s).

Includes one off instalment fee of €295.00. Payments scheduled every 1 month(s).

  • €680.75 due on 1st November 2021.
  • €680.75 due on 1st December 2021.
  • €680.75 due on 1st January 2022.
  • €680.75 due on 1st February 2022.
  • €680.75 due on 1st March 2022.
  • €680.75 due on 1st April 2022.
  • €680.75 due on 1st May 2022.
  • €680.75 due on 1st June 2022.
  • €680.75 due on 1st July 2022.
  • €680.75 due on 1st August 2022.