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 Date9th October 2021
QualificationLevel 9 Masters Degree
Course Duration3 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
Who will I learn from?
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.’
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.
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 https://www.scribd.com/book/353165106/Science-of-Sport-Sprinting
- 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: <https://doi.org/10.1123/jmld.2018-0047>
- 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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40279-014-0205-7
- Giblin, S., Collins, D., MacNamara, A., & Kiely, J. (2014). “Deliberate Preparation” as an Evidence-Based Focus for Primary Physical Education. Quest, 66(4), 385395. https://doi.org/10.1080/00336297.2014.944716
- 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. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01548
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?
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.
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.
This is a sample schedule of modules and is subject to change.
|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
|Semester 3||Dissertation in Performance Analysis||60|
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
How do I apply?
Entry to this course is by direct application to the college.
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
Exam Body Reg. Fee
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.
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.