Key Info

Bachelor of Science in Exercise & Health Fitness Management

NFQ Level 8 Major Award Honours Bachelor Degree
CAO points history
Course code
4 Years
† Indicates that students admitted to the programme are required to undergo a Garda Vetting process.
Subject area
Course leader
Dr Frank Nugent
00 353 61 234844
Tel 00 353 61 202015

If you are the type of individual that likes working with other people to help them improve their fitness and you have a broad interest in exercise, health and fitness, then this programme might very well be for you.

Are you an athlete hoping to combine study and training? If so, you should highly consider this course as the University of Limerick have a strong history of supporting our student athletes in pursing and excelling in their sport whilst also undertaking academic study at the University of Limerick.  

Why Study Exercise & Health Fitness at UL?

This course qualifies you as a Fitness Professional with a strong portfolio of specialisms which  include  Advanced Personal Training and Strength & Conditioning for Athletes and Teams.

Your final year will be interfaculty with a strong emphasis on business skills with modules including Financial Management, Public Relations & Marketing, Human Resource Management, Multimedia, Health Promotion, Diverse Populations, Event Management and more. This will provide you with strong supervisory and management skills in addition to your exercise and fitness specialisms.

Graduates of our programme are already out in the industry after the 1st year of the programme, working on a part time basis, “learning through doing....” This programme is a very practically applied programme and develops the practical skills in the formative years of the programme, whilst building on  academic and management skills in the later years.

What you will Study

This four year honours degree in Exercise & Health Fitness Management provides you with a broad introduction to a career in the fitness industry. In the first year, you will study a curriculum to qualify as a Fitness Instructor/Gym Instructor.

You will study two core specialisms: Advanced Personal Training and Strength & Conditioning for Athletes and Teams.  

Advanced Personal Training will provide you with the knowledge and skills to work with clients inside and outside of the gym environment, in their home or elsewhere with any fitness level, with any goal and with the minimal amount of equipment needed. 

The Strength & Conditioning for Athletes & Teams module focuses on training sports teams and athletes in their physical preparation for a season or specific sporting event. You will work on improving their overall performance by ensuring they are in optimal condition to meet the specific demands of their sport. 

The central focus of Year 3  is to move in the direction of business management and higher specialisation whist engaging in your co-operative placement. The modules you will study are Research Skills, Applied Multimedia in Exercise & Fitness and students will complete their co-operative placement which is viewed as an essential part of your professional development.

The Year 4 curriculum offers individuals the opportunity to research, study and practice in the area of Exercise & Health Fitness Management. The previous 3 years provide you with a wide variety of exercise and fitness qualifications and year 4 compliments and strengthens your qualification with a range of business and marketing skills leading to a highly employable graduate.

Lecturers / Tutors delivering on this interfaculty curriculum are from the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences,the National Council for Exercise and Fitness, and the Kemmy Business School at UL. Guest lecturers with relevant backgrounds will also present on the programme. Modules include Financial Management, Public Relations & Marketing, Human Resource Management, Multimedia, Health Promotion, Diverse Populations, Event Management and more.

Graduates of the B.Sc. apply their knowledge, skills and competencies to provide direction, leadership and professional expertise at management & promotional levels in the Exercise & Health Fitness sector.

Entry Requirements

CAO points history
Minimum grades

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation Maths is not reckonable for scoring purposes.

Additional considerations

Applications are especially welcome from mature students, that is those over the age of 23 on 1 January of the year of entry. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

Application information for mature student applicants (PDF)

Non-EU Entry Requirements


How to Apply

Where are you applying from? How to Apply
Ireland Irish students must apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found here. 
The UK  Students who have completed their A-Levels can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website. 
The EU EU students can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website.
Non-EU country If you are outside of the EU, you can apply for this degree here.

Fees and Funding

Your Future Career

As an accredited undergraduate programme, this Bachelor of Science degree will allow you to progress in a range of careers in the exercise and fitness industry.

Careers open to you with a degree in Exercise & Health Fitness Management include:

  • Group Fitness Instructor

  • Gym Instructor

  • Advanced Personal Trainer

  • Strength & Conditioning Specialist

  • Fitness Professional & Advisor working on public health initiatives

  • Fitness Facility Management
  • Event management and marketing

  • Entrepreneurial fitness professionals managing a bespoke fitness facility

  • Diverse Populations Specialist