Clinical Exercise (Online Diploma FT)

NFQ Level 9
1 year full-time / 2 years part-time
20 Places


Course Overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Exercise enables clinicians to prescribe exercise as a disease preventative and treatment modality in a safe, effective, and scientific manner. The Diploma will go beyond the scope of the Certificate by teaching students how to critically appraise relevant literature, what is needed to conduct clinical research, and how to appropriately analyse data. There is also a practical element involved in the Diploma, as such students will learn and be examined on the practical skills needed to measure outcomes associated with clinical exercise prescription.

The P.Grad.Dip. in Clinical Exercise will be delivered over one year (full-time) or two years (part-time). Students will engage in material online but will also be required to come to the Exercise Laboratory in Trinity College Dublin for one week in order to complete practical classes and a practical exam.

Is This Course For Me?

The programme is open to graduates from medicine, nursing, dietetics and nutrition, medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and physiology.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this course have gone on to work in the health sector, in a public or private hospital setting, community health, occupational rehabilitation, private clinic, sport and further education or research.

Course Structure

This Postgraduate Diploma can be completed in one or two academic years and will be made up of 60 ECTS. With the exception of one blended module, all course material will be online with some material presented in real time (synchronous live webinars) and some material recorded for students to complete in their own time.  All students will be required to have a computer with good internet access a microphone and a webcam.

Course Content

The Diploma in Clinical Exercise consists of seven modules: The Cardiovascular and Respiratory System; Physical Activity and Exercise; Exercise in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease and Exercise Prescription for Clinical Populations; Advancements in Clinical Exercise; Exercise and Metabolism; and Practical Applications of Clinical Exercise.

Students will be assessed through the timely submission of written work, the completion of multiple-choice quizzes and a practical exam. Marks will also be awarded for substantial relevant contributions to discussion boards and for engagement with online learning resources.

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Study Clinical Exercise (Online) at Trinity

In this video Dr. Cuisle Forde speaks about the online postgraduate certificate and diploma in Clinical Exercise. She details the origins of these courses, the differences between them and how you can find out more.

Course Details


NFQ Level 9

Number of Places

20 Places

Next Intake

September 2024

Course Coordinator

Dr. Cuisle Forde

Course Director

Professor John Gormley

Closing Date

31 July 2024

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Admission Requirements

The programme is open to applicants with an NFQ Level-8 qualification or equivalent professional degree at 2.1 level (or equivalent) in the field of medicine, nursing, dietetics and nutrition, medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy or physiology. Graduates from other degree courses will be assessed on an individual basis.

Applicants who do not fit these criteria, but who have clinical experience will be assessed on an individual basis by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Course Fees

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