Course Details

Delivered through blended learning, you can work full-time and study this MSc in Sports Performance Analysis. This MSc provides 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.

A degree from a recognised global leading sports university

This degree is designed to professionally develop practitioners to progress in both their practical and future academic career. The MSc in Sports Performance Analysis is awarded by Liverpool John Moore’s University (LJMU), graduates will hold an instantly recognised qualification from one of the world’s leading universities for sports science and physical education.

This course has been co-developed by Portobello Institute and the expert academic team in LJMU.

Level
Postgraduate
Qualification
Masters Degree
Course Delivery Mode Start Date Duration
Course
MSc Sports Performance Analysis
Delivery Mode
Blended Learning
Start Date
12th October 2024
Duration
3 academic semesters

Overview

In collaboration with Liverpool John Moore’s University (LJMU), Portobello Institute is excited to offer this MSc (Hons) Sport Performance Analysis degree programme.  In addition to being taught by active practitioners within this field, you will also have access to additional CPD opportunities, cutting edge technologies, networking opportunities and a host of employability enhancement activities.  The successful completion of this programme alongside all the added extras that Portobello have to offer, will allow anyone who embarks on this journey with us, to be at the forefront of the discipline and create the opportunity to compete within the arena of Sport Performance Analysis.

Why should I study this course?

Why Sport Performance Analysis?

What is it?

Sport performance analysis is the process of collecting, analysing, and interpreting data and information related to sporting events or individual athlete performances. It involves using various techniques, technologies, and methodologies to gain insights into athletic performance and make informed decisions to enhance performance.

The primary goal of sport performance analysis is to provide objective feedback and valuable information to athletes, coaches, and support staff, enabling them to optimize training strategies, improve tactical decisions, and enhance overall performance. By analysing performance data, patterns, and trends, performance analysts can identify strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement, helping athletes and teams achieve their full potential.

 

Here are some key aspects of sport performance analysis:

  1. Data collection: Performance analysts collect data from various sources, such as video footage, athlete monitoring systems, wearable sensors, and statistical records. This can include metrics like speed, distance covered, heart rate, physiological parameters, technical skills, and tactical actions.
  2. Video analysis: Analysing recorded video footage allows performance analysts to assess technique, movement patterns, decision-making, and tactical strategies. They may use video editing software, tagging systems, and annotation tools to identify key events, actions, and performance indicators.
  3. Statistical analysis: Performance analysts utilize statistical methods to quantify and analyse performance data. They may calculate averages, percentages, correlations, and other statistical measures to identify performance trends, patterns, and comparisons.
  4. Performance modelling: Performance analysts may develop mathematical or computational models to simulate and predict performance outcomes based on various factors, such as environmental conditions, player positioning, and tactical strategies. These models can aid in decision-making and strategy development.
  5. Feedback and reporting: Performance analysts provide feedback to athletes, coaches, and support staff based on their analysis. This feedback can be presented through reports, visualizations, dashboards, or one-on-one discussions, highlighting key performance insights and suggesting areas for improvement.
  6. Opposition analysis: Performance analysts analyse opponents’ performance data and strategies to gain insights into their strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies. This information helps teams develop game plans and make tactical decisions to maximize their chances of success.
  7. Technology and software: Performance analysis often involves utilizing specialized software, tools, and technologies. This can include video analysis software, athlete tracking systems, motion capture systems, and data visualization platforms.

Sport performance analysis is utilised in various sports, including team sports (e.g., football, basketball, rugby), individual sports (e.g., athletics, swimming, tennis), and even sports with subjective scoring (e.g., gymnastics, figure skating). It is commonly used at both professional and amateur levels to improve training methods, tactical strategies, and athlete development.

Overall, sport performance analysis plays a crucial role in enhancing performance by providing evidence-based insights and supporting decision-making processes to optimize training, tactics, and overall athletic achievement.

“The benefits of when you do good analysis work are obvious, what comes out of it. The top players are the biggest users... 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 Liverpool John Moore’s University (LJMU), one of the leading universities globally for sports science and performance analysis.

You will be registered as a student of LJMU for the duration of your studies.

LJMU have forged links with highly regarded institutions, both in the UK and around the world. Learn more about their collaborative partners and review their register for Collaborative Provision by following this link

LJMU publish a Course Catalogue which contains approved versions of LJMU-validated programmes and modules delivered by LJMU and its collaborative partners. By default, the catalogue will display the version of the programme and module for the current academic year – you may view this course within the LJMU catalogue by clicking this link.

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 course?

During the PGC in Sports Performance Analysis course, you will delve into the intersection of sports, technology, and data analytics.  

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 competencies 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 of 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 sports 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 sports 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 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

In addition to the compulsory module topics that will prepare you for working in the Performance Analysis domain, we also want to ensure that as a Portobello Institute graduate you are standing above others. To do this we have invested in working with experts in the field who will host webinars, activities and opportunities to apply your classroom-based content into practice. We have also partnered with the PFSA which is a globally recognised education provider in areas such as Performance Analysis, Talent Identification and Recruitment and Opposition Analysis. This partnership is important as we have secured the opportunity for all students to leave Portobello with at least a Level 1 and Level 2 in these areas as part of their studies.

  • Biomechanical Analysis for Sports Performance (20 credits)

    Module Aims:

    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.  Students will be expected to perform a small research project, presenting the results as a poster conference at the end of the semester.  Reflective work throughout the module will allow the student to develop a greater understanding of, and employability possibilities within, biomechanical research.  Students will be given the opportunity to research either a project of their choice of select from a given list of project titles.

    The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. The module aims to provide the student an opportunity to examine an area of biomechanics, focusing on motion analysis, in detail.  Students are encouraged to evaluate, and critically reflect on their chosen area of investigation.  This module aims to prepare students for post-graduate study, and further research suitable for academic publication.

    Learning Outcomes:

    Critically review the process of motion capture and analysis in sport, exercise and rehabilitation settings

    Critically review research methods used in biomechanical analysis and employ appropriate research design for assessment of biomechanical outcomes in a chosen performance setting.

    Collect, analyse and present data in an appropriate manner

  • Notational Analysis for Sports Performance (20 credits)

    Module Aims:

    This module focuses on the development of transferable skills, critical thinking and proficiency in notational performance 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, Performa Sport, Sports Code by Hudl etc.). Develop the ability to implement appropriate analysis procedures for different contexts (e.g., for backroom support, broadcast / media review and spectator reporting).

    In addition to developing analytical skills for the sports industry, students will gain transferable skills in critical analysis, communication and information assimilation working with coaches, support staff and athletes to affect change in programme design and implementation.

    The module will also explore data security, protection and ethical issues

    Learning Outcomes:

    Critically evaluate, design and implement notational analysis for key performance monitoring and reporting.

    Critically review requirements, challenges and limitations of effective data analysis in sport

    Critical understanding of contemporary issues in sports performance analysis, ethics, youth and developmental sports considerations and security for data analysis in sport

  • Performance Analysis for Individual Sports (20 credits)

    Module Aims:

    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

    Learning Outcomes:

    Learning Outcomes

    After completing the module, the student should be able to:

    1 Implement and critically review analysis procedures commonly used to track parameters of performance (e.g., strength, endurance, speed, power) for individual sports activities.

    2 Demonstrate competence in conducting a needs analysis, identifying appropriate performance indicators, completing data collection, analysis and reporting for individual sports settings.

    3 Critically review research examining both lab-based and ecological performance analysis in individual sports.

     

  • Performance Analysis for Team 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

    Learning Outcomes:

    After completing the module, the student should be able to:

    1.Critically review research underpinning performance analysis technologies commonly used in team sports
    2. Critically evaluate performance indicators using performance analysis technology (such as GPS) and a range of analytics software (excel, R)
    3. Collect, analyse, interpret and report on performance data for a team sport

  • Personal and Professional Development (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

    Learning Outcomes:

    After completing the module, the student should be able to:

    1. Demonstrate competence working in an effective, rational and organised manner, both independently and with others, in a real-world work environment; engage in consistent and appropriate communication with colleagues and superiors, and adhere to health and safety, legal and ethical obligations

    2.Reflect on, and evaluate critically on their performance, abilities and achievements in the workplace. Plan for personal and professional development post-graduation
    3. Critically reflect on practices deployed in applied settings and demonstrate continual professional development in their applied performance analysis skills.

  • Research Methods for Sports Performance Analysis (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.

    Learning Outcomes:

    After completing the module, the student should be able to:

    1.Formulate a novel research proposal at the forefront of their academic discipline and demonstrate critical scientific writing skills

    2.Comprehensively understand ethical processes and procedures when undertaking research involving human subjects.

    3.Identify, employ and critically evaluate a range of statistical skills and techniques, showing a comprehensive understanding of their use, applicability and faults.

  • 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.

    Learning Outcomes:

    After completing the module, the student should be able to:

    1.Plan and execute a piece of original research, placed appropriately in the existing context within sports performance analysis

    2.Select, execute and interpret appropriate statistical tests at an advanced level of capability using statistical software at a high level of competency.

    3.Demonstrate competence in completing self-managed research

     

Who will I learn from?

Programme Manager

Cathal Brady

Cathal Brady dreamt of being a professional soccer player during his early years. He got pretty close to achieving his dreams too, spending 11 years as a semi-professional player in the League of Ireland.

Understanding that his career wasn’t going to belong fully on the pitch, Cathal found a way to stay involved in sports by becoming a sports therapist.

He has drawn on his experience of playing soccer at a high level throughout his career working as a lecturer, opening his own private clinic and working for elite professional teams.

“I wanted to be involved in sport as much as I could and an occupation that allowed me to be involved with sport as a career. I knew that from a very early age that was what I wanted to do, you’re talking 13/14 that I knew my career was going to be in sport in some shape or form.

I played League of Ireland for 11 seasons…it was high level in a semi-professional capacity…I looked at myself as a semi-pro because I always worked while I was playing.

Playing at the level of sport, in soccer, it not only opened some avenues and that sort of stuff in the soccer side of things, it also opened in GAA and that because people knew I played at a high level…that helped with me having the ability to relate with clients a little bit more. I was in their position, I knew what they were going through, I knew what they wanted to do.”

Cathal could relate to sports people very easily. He also relates to Portobello Institute students very easily, as he was one before he became a lecturer in Sports Therapy.

“I love it, really like it. To be honest I didn’t think I’d like it as much as I do. I find it really good. I like having the interaction with the students. I like the whole setup I have to say I really enjoy it.”

Having worked with so many sports teams and having set up the Dunboyne Sports Injury Clinic, Cathal is in prime position to help all of Portobello’s students no matter what type of career they are pursuing in therapy.

Working in smaller classes has allowed him to engage with his students as individuals, generating a level of pride as they work their way towards graduation and enhance their skill sets in sports therapy.

“With small classes and lots of practical interaction time, we get to know each student well over three years. So when a student gets to where they want to be, their perfect job or postgraduate position, I am delighted for them. I’m proud to be part of the team that helped them get there.”


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.


Declan O’Rahilly

Growing up in Co. Limerick, Declan O’Rahilly played a bit of everything sport-wise. Once he got into secondary school became the focus.

It was during his time in secondary school that he also developed an interest in sports performance, which developed from his general love of sport.

“It was the passion for sport that led me down to trying to understand more about the science behind the sport and how to make people better,” he said.

From school, he became a personal trainer and worked in nearby Roscrea for a number of years after receiving a qualification in Exercise and Health Fitness

He then went on to study strength and conditioning in his native Limerick, receiving a first-class honours degree in the discipline in 2018.

During his time studying S&C, Declan was able to get valuable experience as the Lead S&C coach for the Tipperary Senior Camogie Team.

He then spent two months on an internship with Rugby Canada where he was responsible for things like performance testing, speed development, programme design, and injury rehabilitation.

Upon his return to Ireland, he began work for Tipperary GAA once more, this time filling the role as an S&C coach for the Minor footballers.

It was towards the end of his tenure with Tipp GAA that Declan got his first taste of teaching as an assistant lecturer with TUS. Shortly after taking up that role, he was offered a similar position with Portobello Institute, through a mutual connection.

“Susan [Giblin] actually worked with my wife with Tipperary GAA.

“It was through a conversation with Susan that Portobello came about. I got wind of them at that stage. I was doing work with TUS as well in terms of lecturing. So, I had previous experience with lecturing. Then the opportunity arose with Portobello on the MSc in Performance Analysis,” he said.

Declan now teaches on both the BSc and MSc in Performance Analysis at Portobello. He says that teaching gives him very similar satisfaction to his practitioner work.

“It’s similar to my coaching. I enjoy helping people.

“The main enjoyment in teaching comes from seeing students graduate, seeing them progress in their career and playing a small part in them developing academically and sometimes professionally as well,” he said.

Like many in his position, Declan finds working in education alongside being a practitioner very beneficial in staying on the top of his game.

“What you teach, and educate people on, you then get to put into practice. Educating people definitely keeps you upskilled in current research and new ideas. If you work in the industry as well, you get to practice what you’re preaching. They do compliment each other quite well,” he said.

Declan has been teaching in Portobello since the end of 2021 and has been enjoying his time so far.

“There’s a family feel to Portobello. Everyone there is willing to help you out.

“For me, my class numbers are small, so you get great interaction with the students. The student-tutor ratio is quite beneficial for the students in that they get a lot of time with the tutor. That aspect of it is great.”

Sami Dowling

Position: Tutor

“In the right mindset, you can turn your weaknesses into strengths” 

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others” 

“Don’t lose the forest for the trees” 

About Sami Dowling 

Sami has over 15 years of experience as a strength and conditioning coach across multiple sports from development right up to and including the elite level. He spent 10 years working with Leinster Rugby and the IRFU and has extensive experience in the world of GAA at both club and county levels. He has worked with senior intercounty teams such as Dublin, Down, Longford, and Wexford, as well as club teams St. Vincent’s, Cuala, Carbury and Ballymun Kickhams. Sami has also transferred his skill set into the world of hockey, spending the last number of years working with Hockey Ireland and Pemproke Hockey club.

Sami’s Teaching Philosophy 

After completing his Master’s in Strength in Conditioning, Sami gravitated towards tutoring, wanting to bridge the gap between evidence-based research and the art of coaching science. 

Qualifications

  • Masters in Sports Science, UKSCA

Research / Industry Participation 

  • Sports Science 
  • Strength & Conditioning 

Ciara Mulrooney

I think the interactions with students are great. You always get different feedback off different students. You’re teaching them, but they’ll teach you a few things as well which is brilliant.”

 

Ciara Mulrooney is currently a lecturer on the BSc in Sports Therapy for the Portobello Institute. But her journey to becoming a qualified athletic therapist was a rather scenic one. While becoming an athletic therapist was on her radar going back to her school days, it was a different venture that kept her busy in the aftermath of her Leaving Cert.

“I had always thought that being a sports therapist or physio is what I wanted to do. But during school I used to work in sailing, I would go away on the tall ships. So, after the Leaving Cert I went away and sailed on tall ships for a while. I sailed around Ireland, the UK and northern Europe”

After her maritime adventures, Ciara then travelled down under a spent a full year in Australia before returning home to Ireland. Once back, the desire to become an athletic therapist was re-discovered, but she wanted to be sure of herself before fully pursuing that career path.

“When I came back home, I went and did a PLC course in Sports Therapy in college just to make sure that going back in-person weekdays was what I wanted to do. So, after that I went to DCU as a mature student and did my Athletic Therapy and Training degree there because I was fully sure that it was something that I wanted to do.”

It would be another while before Ciara would venture into the world of academic as she returned to her native Sligo. Ciara works as Head Athletic Therapist for a number of teams in the northwest.

In addition to her responsibilities with the teams above, Ciara also set up her own clinic, Recalibrate Sligo Injury Clinic in 2016. Her main enjoyment came from interacting with her patients but before long, she began taking on final year students for their placement.

“I started taking final year students and mentored them for their final year placement. So, I think that lead to looking more into the academic side. I went on to Trinity College then and did my Masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine. Finished that at the start of 2020 after handing in my thesis. Then the opportunity in Portobello came along and I’ve been happy teaching students since then.”

Ciara has been with Portobello for almost two years and, while maintaining her field work, has really enjoyed the opportunity to teach what she learned in her career so far.

“I think the interactions with students are great. You always get different feedback off different students. You’re teaching them, but they’ll teach you a few things as well which is brilliant.

“It’s just great to see them develop, see them move and gain confidence in their skills and see how they progress through the different modules and getting confidence and competence going into the real world.”

Brian Spring

Brian Spring is a tutor for Portobello Institute’s sports department, working across a number of different modules including Human Physiology and Applied Principles of Strength and Conditioning.

Brian grew up in Co. Mayo, developing a strong love for sport and fitness through his playing of soccer and Brazilian jiu jitsu. He carried that love of sport right through his youth and into university.

“I decided to do Sport and Exercise Science in UL. Did my undergrad degree there for four years and loved every second of it. Ended up graduating top of my class.

“Then I went on and did a master’s in Sports Performance in UL also,” he said.

During his time doing his undergraduate, Brian was able to avail of some valuable practical experience many miles from his Mayo home.

“I worked with the West Coast Eagles in Australia for a year during my undergraduate degree.

“During their 2018 Grand Final winning season, I helped out with them on the sports science. Things like GPS, questionnaires, RPE monitoring and also their strength and conditioning side of things. In the gym with the lads every day, helping them with their gym programmes,” Brian said.

Brian’s disciplines cover a wide area of professional sports, but he says there isn’t one specific area he prefers working in.

“I enjoy everything because it all works together in terms of nutrition, psychology, physiology.

“Nothing works by itself; they all complement each other. I like looking at sport in a broader sense, trying to make the puzzle work and make everything fit together,” he says.

While on the field success was always the end goal for him and the team, Brian says there’s much more to enjoy from a backroom perspective than winning on matchday.

“Obviously seeing the team win on game day is great.

“But I also like seeing players return or if they are coming off a bad patch of performance and you’ve helped them do a bit of extra work in the gym. Whether it’s a bad patch of performance or coming back from injury, seeing them have a good game on the day is quite satisfying as well,” Brian said.

Upon returning from Down Under, and completing of his second degree with the university, Brian was offered a role as a teaching assistant with UL, discovering a passion for teaching along the way.

“After my master’s I worked as a teaching assistant in UL for a year. I taught labs and tutorials on nutrition, physiology, biomechanics, strength and conditioning, a bit of everything really, from undergraduate to postgraduate degree.

“I really enjoy seeing the students reach their goals for learning.

“From week one, their knowledge on physiology isn’t that wide and you get them to week 12 and you can have a proper discussion about exercise physiology and strength and conditioning, and they can start critically analysing what I’m saying to them and ask questions. Knowing that they can bring that information into a practical setting is quite rewarding too,” he said.

Like many practitioners who teach alongside their practical work, he likes how one can inform the other, and vice versa.

“The better understanding you have of the physiology and the strength and conditioning and all the theoretical things, the better you are able to explain these things to the athletes. That increases their buy-in, it makes them more likely to engage in the programme and what you’re telling them to do.

“And vice versa, obviously having a better understanding of how to communicate with athletes, how the theoretical knowledge is used in a practical sense, you can take that information to the students. There are times when there’s a bit of a disconnect between people who are lecturers, and who aren’t practitioners. It’s good to do both,” Brian said.

Brian now works with Portobello Institute across multiple degree programmes. While the UL position was something offered to him, he says that his current role with Portobello that he actually went looking for.

“In UL, it was something that I was approached for. But the Portobello gig is something I sought out and got in contact with Susan about. I love the teaching so it’s definitely something I want to keep on doing going forward.

“Now I’m in Portobello, lecturing on physiology, exercise physiology and strength and conditioning modules.

“I’m loving it so far. As I mentioned, I love working with people and helping them reach their goals. But I think the part I’m enjoying the most, so far, is seeing people’s knowledge grow.

“Having them a bit confused on week one until they’re asking some really great questions come week 12. We’re able to have conversations as a class and have a debate in class on certain topics. Just seeing their understanding and confidence grow is probably my favourite bit,” he said.

While he is exploring his passion for teaching with Portobello, Brian does not rule out a future focus on a return to more practitioner work.

“I definitely would like to keep working in sport in some respect.

“I think before, I always wanted to work at the highest level of sport. I now like the idea of working at the academy levels or with youth athletes a bit more because I feel like their development is nearly more important than the elite athletes’ development, which has nearly peaked.

“You’re maintaining their levels of fitness or skill whereas in a developing age, you can see the growth a lot more.”

Barry Roe

Barry Roe started out his career in what he calls one of the big three (Business, Medicine, Law).

“Nobody ever really entertained the possibility of a real career in sports, even though there were a lot of serious athletes involved, people who were hugely successful in their sporting lives, got scholarships and everything. They never took sport seriously in terms of seeing it as an actual career path.”

He landed that coveted corner office in a tall building managing pension funds. Barry had what most would consider a perk. His office literally overlooked the Leinster training ground. If Leinster scored a try off a set piece move on Friday night, Barry had seen it happen on Tuesday. He knew who the next superstar talent was and got to watch him everyday.

But that’s not what Barry wanted. Instead of a perk, it was only adding to his misery in his office job.

“It was only my wife really who sat me down and said ‘Look you’re obviously miserable.’

Having studied something like business and marketing, it was a great experience…but if I could go back I would definitely have just gone through the sporting route. If I could talk to my teenage self I would say what do you actually really like to do and what would you like to do with the rest of your life as opposed to what do you think you should be doing.

Forget what you think you should be doing, just go do what you like to do and you’ll succeed in it. You’ll make more successful leaps and bounds far quicker than you would slogging it out during a recession in finance.”

With a very understanding wife at his side, Barry gave up his career in finance and became a personal trainer. He earned his MSc Sports Performance from the University of Limerick before becoming a strength and conditioning coach and nutrition advisor for Munster Rugby.

“When you’re sitting there thinking ‘I’m here working in pension funds until I potentially start drawing my own pension.’ Nah, that was not happening. No. Game over.”

Having worked with elite athletes and having set up his own personal training business, Barry then sought out to satiate his desire to educate. That’s how he wound up at Portobello Institute.

“My philosophy is to always be open to new challenges and opportunities. In doing so, I feel that I will maintain a fresh perspective and continue to grow professionally and personally. My goal as an educator in the undergraduate program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to become professionally competent in their chosen pathways.

My teaching philosophy takes a student-centric approach. I strive to create a collaborative and interactive learning environment; one that allows our diverse student body to share their own unique experiences and perspectives. My overall aim is to equip my students with the skills and confidence to make a seamless transition from their academic studies into their chosen careers.”

Becoming an educator was a natural fit for Barry as he has continually sought out education himself as a student. His initial degree in marketing wasn’t ultimately what he wanted to build his career in but it didn’t mar his passion for education. Since then he has earned his Masters from UL but also completed the National Qualifications in Suspension Training, Pre & Post Natal Exercise, Indoor Cycling and Kettlebell Training and further qualifications with the IRFU, U.K. Anti Doping, ISAK and Les Mills.

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 restructures 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 via web-based e-learning and interactive webinar sessions. The e-learning platform is interactive including live and 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.

Tutor Support

You can email your tutor at any stage during the module to ask a simple query and there will be scheduled opportunities to submit a draft of your assignment. Our programme management team are always available to offer you telephone and email support and if you need to, you can arrange to meet them for further one-to-one guidance. For more information about our team, click here. 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.

This level of one-to-one support is unique to blended learning and is a particular benefit to choosing this mode of study. Portobello Institute has invested in a team of programme managers and tutors who are experienced sports scientists as well as qualified and knowledgeable educators. They are available to assist you at every stage of this programme.

Online Learning Portal – ePortobello

During the induction seminar, we will show you how to navigate and find what you need with all of the information you need to complete this programme uploaded onto ePortobello. The content of this programme is set out in an easy-to-follow format with a combination of notes, articles, podcasts and other materials that will help you understand the subject and complete your assessment.


Course Structure

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

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.

Trimester

Module Credits
Semester 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

COURSE SCHEDULE - October 2024 Start Date
  • Semester 1 runs from 12/10/24 – 25/01/25
  • Semester 2 runs from 08/02/25 – 31/05/25

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

  • Semester 3 encompasses the Capstone Project and runs from 06/06/25 – 31/08/25

During this semester, you will work with your supervisor to complete a work-based project. Individual tutorials are generally held at times convenient to both.

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

How will I be assessed?

SMART assessments – we use a range of assessments for each module designed to support a broad range of learning styles, giving you the opportunity to excel.

The primary aim of the varying assessment styles is to support you in demonstrating your knowledge of theory and practice as a result of a range of assessments.

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 gained 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.

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Career prospects

Studying sports performance analysis can lead to a range of exciting career opportunities within the sports industry. Here are some potential career prospects for individuals with a background in sports performance analysis:

  • Performance Analyst: Working with sports teams, organizations, or individual athletes to collect and analyse performance data, providing insights and recommendations to improve performance and enhance decision-making.
  • Sports Technology Specialist: Utilizing technology and software tools to capture and analyse performance data, managing data systems, implementing new technologies, and staying up-to-date with advancements in sports technology.
  • Video Analyst: Analysing game footage and using video editing software to tag and analyse key events, player movements, and tactical strategies, providing valuable feedback to coaches and players.
  • Researcher: Conducting research studies in the field of sports performance analysis, exploring new methodologies, and contributing to the advancement of knowledge in the field.
  • Sports Science Consultant: Providing consulting services to sports organizations or individual athletes, offering expertise in performance analysis, data interpretation, and performance enhancement strategies.
  • Data Scientist: Applying advanced data analytics techniques to sports performance data, using statistical modelling, machine learning, and data visualization to uncover patterns, trends, and insights.
  • Opposition Analyst: Analysing the performance data and strategies of opposing teams or athletes to gain insights, helping coaches develop game plans, and providing tactical recommendations.
  • Scout/Talent Reporter: Observing performances to report on potential signings and how these players/athletes could be integrated into different team environments.
  • Educator/Trainer: Teaching sports performance analysis courses or workshops, educating coaches, athletes, and students on the principles and techniques of performance analysis.

These are just a few examples of the potential career paths available to individuals with a background in sports performance analysis. The specific opportunities may vary depending on factors such as education level, experience, specialization, and personal interests. It is also worth noting that sports performance analysis skills are increasingly sought after across various sports organisations, including professional teams, national governing bodies, sports technology companies, and academic institutions.

What is the role of a sports performance analyst?

If you are interested in assessing performance in sports to develop an understanding of actions that can inform decision-making, optimise 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.

Read More: Discover Sports Performance Analysis in your Sports Science Career

Who else has studied this degree?

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One of the reasons I chose this program was to put the educational side with my professional experience.

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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.

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Hannah Meade

My name is Hannah, I am the Sports Admissions Advisor here at Portobello Institute. I can be contacted directly on 01 892 0029 or emailed at [email protected].

I am your “go-to” person in terms of support and guidance as you navigate through the different courses and career paths within the Sports industry. I help find the right course fit for you that aligns with your career goals and aspirations. During this exciting time, it’s important that you have a dedicated and consistent support on the other end of the phone, and I am that person for you. Feel free to get in touch!

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How do I apply?

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

Applicants will be required to have a minimum of a 2.2 (or equivalent) in a related subject discipline. 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 application form.

Step 2

Applicant’s application will be reviewed by the Portobello enrolment team.

Step 3

Applicant will be contacted by the Portobello enrolment team to confirm place on the course or for more information.

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 Liverpool John Moore’s University.

Fees & Payment Options

Note: All payments for this course are made to Portobello Institute

Fees

Course Price

Year 1 base fee

€9,495

Exam Body Reg. Fee

€435.00

Overall Course Price

Total amount due

€9,930.00

Easy Payment Plan

Payment Option 1

30% deposit payment (€3,097.50), followed by 10 scheduled payments on the first of each month, commencing the 1st of the month after the start date of the course. Includes one off instalment fee of €395.

  • €722.75 due in month 1
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Available Courses

Course Delivery Mode Start Date Duration Fees Per Year
Course
MSc Sports Performance Analysis
Delivery Mode
Blended Learning
Start Date
12th October 2024
Duration
3 academic semesters
Fees Per Year
€9,930.00

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