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Sport and Exercise Psychology, MSc Postgraduate prospectus

  • If you want to become a sport and exercise psychologist, our training will cover a wide range of sports for varying ages and abilities.
  • Our expert lecturers help you to develop an in-depth understanding of psychological issues in sport and exercise.
  • Develop your research skills in line with the scientist-practitioner model that underpins our applied work.

Overview

Overview

If you are looking to pursue a career as a sport and exercise psychologist, our Master's programme is the one for you.

Applicants may also be interested in applying the principles of sport and exercise psychology to their current work, e.g. coaching, physical education, sports science.

Our programme explores the interdisciplinary nature of applied work. We will provide an advanced understanding of how performance enhancement and wellbeing promotion is applied. You will learn how this knowledge is promoted not just with individuals, but teams, parents, coaches, and sport and exercise organisations.

In-depth training

Your training will explore the core psychological theories appropriate to the sport, exercise and performance domains. You will specifically focus on the development of practitioner philosophy and models of work with different clients. These range from a wide selection of sports and across the development pathway.

Our programme will enable you to develop an in-depth understanding of the current psychological issues in sport, exercise and performance. You will see how we as practitioners assess client needs, complete case formulations and propose programmes of work through evidenced based intervention. You will continue to develop your research skills in line with the scientist-practitioner model that underpins the work of the sport and exercise psychologists.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

  • At least an upper second class (2:1) honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in sports sciences, psychology or related discipline. This includes graduates who have completed a joint course with sports sciences or psychology as one of their subjects as well as single honours sports sciences or psychology graduates.

Applicants who do not have English as their first language:

  • Must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or an equivalent rating in another recognised language testing system.

In addition candidates must:

  • Undertake a telephone interview.

Extra information

Assessment

Students will be assessed across courses through a range of formative and summative methods including written essays, poster presentations, group presentations/workshops, written reports, oral examination and an independent research project.

Professional recognition

Our programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

An accredited MSc will satisfy completion of Stage 1 of the BPS qualification and will prepare you for Stage 2. You will also have eligibility for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist.

Careers

Sport and exercise psychologists can work as independent practitioners or within clubs and sporting organisations. Sport and exercise psychologists are trained in specific areas, such as teaching, learning, arousal strategies, communication, motivation, and group processes. These areas of expertise are valuable to sports or performance environments, but also to schools, health institutions, organisations and businesses where these qualities are highly relevant.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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