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MSc in Sport & Clinical Biomechanics

This is a full-time taught programme designed to provide graduates working in sport science, fitness and healthcare professions with in-depth knowledge and skills in the area of biomechanics and movement analysis.

Discipline: Sport & Exercise Science

Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 9

Programme Duration: Eighteen Months

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Entry Requirements: Cognate Level 8 Bachelor (Hons) degree with a minimum grade classification of H2.2 or equivalent. Typically, students will come from a scientific background however candidates with relevant experiential learning will also be considered.

Places: 16



Why Study?

Biomechanics describes the analysis of human movement using the science of mechanics and provides practitioners in sports, exercise, physical activity and healthcare with tools to analyse, monitor and improve body movement and function.

This programme will focus on the role of biomechanics and movement analysis for the performance and maintenance of health, injury prevention and rehabilitation in athletic and clinical populations.

It is aimed at graduates who have already developed an interest in biomechanics and are interested in improving their practical biomechanics knowledge and its application in athletic and clinical populations.

This is currently the only postgraduate course in Sport & Clinical Biomechanics being offered in Ireland.

The programme is delivered via blended learning and has been designed to suit those that are already in the workplace and can be completed on a part-time basis.

Programme Modules

Semester 1

  • Foundations of Human Movement (Year-long, 10 credits)
  • Applied Sports Biomechanics (5 credits)
  • Research Methods (Year-long, 5 credits)
  • Research Project 1 (Year-long, 30 credits)

Semester 2 (Exit Awards: PGCert (30 credits), PGDip (60 credits))

  • Foundations of Human Movement (Year-long, 10 credits)
  • Clinical Biomechanics (5 Credits)
  • Applied Sports Technology (5 Credits)
  • Research Methods (Year-long, 5 credits)
  • Research Project 1 (Year-long, 30 credits)

Semester 3

  • Research Project (60 credits)


Career Opportunities

The career opportunities available to sport and exercise scientists, including biomechanists, both in Ireland and abroad are expanding all the time and this expansion appears likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

Rapid advances in technology in both sports and medical settings has led to an increased interest in, and demand for, specialist upskilling and professional development in biomechanics and movement analysis.

The course has been designed to prepare students with the requisite level of understanding, knowledge and skills to work as specialists within a variety of sport, exercise and health contexts. 

Typical career paths from similar programmes in the UK include:

  • Biomechanist in research or a health-related applied setting
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Movement Specialist
  • Performance Analyst
  • Athlete Support Officer
  • Lecturer in Higher Education
  • Post Graduate Researcher
  • Clinical Gait Analysis labs
  • R&D departments of companies developing sporting equipment, prostheses, biomechanical measurement systems
  • Self-employment (as a consultant, contractor or entrepreneur)

In the UK typical employers include:

  • English Institute of Sport
  • Technology companies (Vicon, Hawkwye) 
  • Professional football teams
  • Professional rugby teams
  • British Paralympics
  • Sports Management
  • Government agencies (e.g. NHS)
  • Local authorities
  • Academic appointments

Essential Information: 

Start Date

This course is scheduled to commence in September 2021 (date to be confirmed).

How to apply

Apply directly to GMIT using GMIT's Online Admissions system, selecting Application Type L9.

The closing date for applications is expected to be 31 August, 2021.

Please Note

All students will require Garda Vetting


Further Information

For further information please read the MSc Sport and Clinical Biomechanics Information Sheet (PDF 629.83KB)

Contact Us

Contact for more information

Dr Lisa Ryan

Head of Department of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition


Tel: +353 (0)91 742556


Dr Siobhan Leahy

Programme Co-ordinator


Tel: +353 (0)91 742571